5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours brackish brown, dark brown on the edges, and a small milky tannish head. Dark fruit, plums, heavily roasted malts, and burnt caramel on the nose. Milky unsweetened chocolate up front, yielding a slightly dry bittersweet chocolate towards the finish. Bit of a sour fruit aftertaste, lingering hop bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, good lacing, but could use a little more body. Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade!
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown with red hints. Large thick tan head. Creamy, rich, roasty and malty flavor . somewhat sweet bitter finish.
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a thin chocolatey head that dissolves to a ring of lace. Nose is delightfully milk chocolatey with some roasted malt and caramel hints. Taste opens chocolate with a nice hoppy bitterness at the top. Finish is coffee and dark chocolate. It's really too bad the body is so thin. If this stout had a bit more meat on her bones she'd be irresistable.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty, thin and not the black hole darkness that I like. Pretty good stout, but when in Michigan, hit up Bell's Kalamazoo Stout.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a watery deep garnet/brown with a quick, fluffy, off-white head. Nose of bitter chocolate, roasted malt and slight alcohol. Milky flavor with bitter chocolate and slight hop bitterness and slight coffee. A little thin and watery, but a nice flavor, and a good drinker.
ClarkVV (3863) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bah, let it warm to 45 my ass. Let it warm to about 55. Nice milk chocolate color, good light tan large head. Mostly clear. Some milk chocolate aroma, light roast and a touch of caramel or brown sugar in the aroma. Begins with some standard roast flavor. Hints of sweet malt and light hops creep in. True to description, it has a good creamy palate, if not a bit thin perhaps. Not a very big sweet stout though. More of a mild regular roast stout. Medium-light body, good flavor, nice lighter example.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mostly black color with a thin tan head. Roasted coffee scent. Sweet chocolate and coffee flavor. Very smooth.
flemdawg (524) - Naples, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown body, red edges. Small head that disappeared to leave just a ring of bubbles around the rim. M&M type of chocolate in the aroma followed up by a feeding bag of oats. Mainly bitter in the taste, like coffee or maybe baking chocolate. Bitter finish as well. I had expectations from this beer that were not met, but still good overall.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black with hints of brown on the edges. Small creamy tan head. Aromas of mocha, heavy strap molasses, sorghum and corn bread. Initial malt sweetness well balanced by a subtle but evident hops mid-gulp. Quite mild in the finish. More of a cream stout. Quite drinkable, smooth yet a touch spritzy. Long caramel malt finish.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good black body with frothy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and some toffee. Some coffee and molasses in the flavor with a rich, satisfying mouth feel. A keeper.