Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very smoky, thick mouth feel. Dark body with a dark, tan head. Strong qualities of coffee or chocolate.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2007 Bottle. Poured black with medium head. Fair lacing. Aroma is dark roasted chocolate malts, and bitter coffee. Creamy texture. Taste has a bit more bitterness. Flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black with white head. Nice rich aroma with some roast and chocolate. Rich malty flavor with good roast. Medium-full bodied, but lacked the slickness usually associated with oats. Overall nice.
Zeswaft (1397) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
There’s a lot of chocolate in the aroma and flavor. Also, some noticeable oat sweetness in there too. A pretty solid stout, no doubt.
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2007 thanks zeswaft. pretty damn smoky all around. basically the long and short of it is that it’s not bad. i dont care to write more. but its good.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour. Aroma was malty with a light, sweet coffee hint. Flavor was a lot of the dark, burnt malt. This one seemed under carbonated to me.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black with a light brown head. The aroma is a combination of chocoalte and roasted coffee. Nice creaminess to the body with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and a bit of hoppish bitterness.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
I do not know if the meaty mushroom taste is done by esters/process or they just squished a few shrooms but it is gross. Oily near burnt roastyness. Bad mouth feel and finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 25, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (December 2006) served above cellar temperature from a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass. Huge-bubbled frothy deep tan foam dissipates quickly atop opaque ebody, leaving some spidery lacing.....nose is fairly "dark", mostly bitter coffee though with a bit of creamy milk chocolate and some limey earthy qualities thrown in for good measure.....alas the poetry is lost on me once it touches my lips, for ’tis watery and cardboardy, mostly dark bitter espresso with little traces of m’lady’s sweet charms about it, really quite dull and unadventurous, burnt and rather oily, the low carbonation not helping matters as it peters out into a tarry morass at the finish. Doesn’t do much to help this brewery’s already mediocre (in my heart) reputation.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with medium whitish-tan head. Roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and cream. Taste is dominated by coffee, roasted malts, chocolate. A bit thin, but overall a pretty good stout.