hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours nearly black with a thin brownish head. Nice aroma of coffee and chocolate. Heavy on the palate like a stout should be. Good flavor with notes of bitter chocolate and cereal (maybe oatmeal?). Bitter aftertaste. A good stout.
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stout was poured from a bottle, reddish black body with very little creamy head. Bitter chocolate flavor with a smooth finish
markgugs (86) - Wood Ridge, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass
A: Pours an extremely dark brown, near black, with a nice 1-finger tan head. Looks creamy & inviting.
S: Smells of sweet, roasted oats. Hints of vanilla and maple syrup round out the overall aromatic body.
T/M: Big, chunky bursts of dark chocolate, cocoa & malted milk charge right out of the gate. Finish is roasted & bittersweet, the hops finally making a nice entrance, almost overpoweringly so. Beer loses points for being too consistent throughout, nothing changes or improves as it warms. Medium-bodied creaminess dominates the mouthfeel of this lightly carbonated ale.
D: Very easy to drink, would make for a quality session beer, though it might become a bit bland after 3 or 4.
Suttree (5543) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, as one might expect. Vanilla and chocolate in the aroma, very nice and subtle. Has familiar coffee and chocolate flavors, too. Smooth and tasty.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maybe I didnít let this warm up enough, but it wasnít what I expected. It poured brown/black and had a roasted coffee aroma. It was light in flavor and had a sweet finish.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slight roasted malt and a touch of chocolate in the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Got some chocolate,coffee and some roasted malt in the flavor.Mouthfeel was thin to medium with a roasted malt finish.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown....almost black...with slight tan head. Aroma is a bit unremarkable, but I can pick up the roast and chocolate. Taste is smooth and even with roast and chocolate and suprising light for a stout. Couldnít really identify the coffee flavoring.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer is a bit lighter than others Iíve had in the stout style lately, but this very drinkable beer still fits the category, and is still qutie good.
This beer doesnít pour inky black the way Speedway Stout or Old Rasputin does (Iíve had both recently), although it is still rather dark, with some less serious head formation.
Aroma is of dark roasted malt ("burned pizza crust") and is good. Taste is a bit light, but very roasted malt tasting...good. The beer is very dry in the front, but the finish is a bit sweeter. Mouthfeel is very light for a beer of this style. This is the most drinkable stout Iíve had in recent memory.
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Dark body, tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee. Flavor was thin for a stout. Was expecting more from this offering.
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.