kramer (5914) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via FlacoAlto. Black pour with ruby highlights at the edges under a small light brown head. Aroma is dominated by chocolate with lots of roast as well. Accents of lactose, coffee, and oats. Flavor is a little too lactic and astringent, covering up some of the roast and more subtle flavors suggested by the aroma. Mouthfeel is a little oily up front, but thins toward the finish. I thought that this beer had alot of potential after such a pleasing appearance and aroma but it just didnít deliver on the back end. Normally the addition of oat helps out on the body and mouthfeel but I didnít feel that it made an impact on this one.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of roasted malt, coffee and some light chocolate. Pours dark brown with no transparency and a tan head that doesnít last. Very roasty with espresso and malt with light cocoa. Very light hops in the finish with a thinner mouthfeel compared to the top stouts.
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This sweet stout pours an eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Large sized white beige foamy head with strong lacing. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla and coffee, kind of sweet. A medium bodied sweet stout. Malts are chocolate and coffee. The beer is a little lactic tasting, but very mild and only a little distracting from all the coffee flavors. This could be because the beer is turning or could from all the vanilla and cocoa flavors. Good balance of the chocolate, malt and coffee flavors. The lactic taste sort of works in this beer, I would rather it NOT be there butÖ Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2011 Re-rate 5+ years later thanks to Dakine, Bottle and served in Bells Tulip:
YEAH, no sourness to be found. While the malt profile is a tad weak there is still enough nutty, roasty, bready, chocolate, and ashy characteristics to make me happy. Best of all is a distinct EKG hop profile on both the nose and palate. Still could use a bit more heft on the mouth feel, a tad too fizzy but it was also quite enjoyable. I completely redid my scores to reflect this new bottle which it appears has little in common with what I had many many moons ago. Again, thanks Dak for the re-rate.
Bottle, gift from Aaron and served in a GL snifter: The beer pours a deep brown hue with a fading fizzy head and left some lace in itís wake. The aroma has notes of coffee, mocha, smoke, walnut and mild bitter profile. There is also a hint of sour cherry on the nose. The acidic and sour nature I detected on the nose is also found on the palate and after reading the post below, there is a good chance that this beer is turning bad. Behind that off-flavor, there are some rich malt notes and some hoppy bitterness as well. The feel is fizzy and lively, thin-bodied. Again, my rating is skewed because of a potental bad bottle, will rerate if given the chance of a fresher brew. *The notch on the label is for March*
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to FlacoAlto for this beer.
Poured a rich black with a creamy brown head. Delicious aroma of coffee, cream, cherries, and a touch of whiskey. Taste is somewhat disappointing compared to the aroma. Coffee and cream notes come first but are soon followed by a bit of acidity that feels out of place. Decent body, but I like them thicker. Iím actually wondering if this bottle was on its way out. Too bad, because if it was and it was this good, I can only imagine how this beer is fresh.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle via trade with FlacoAlto - Thanks Sebastian! - Pours black with a fair mocha creamy head that stays well and laces in patterns down the glass. Aromas of chocolate and coffee blend together with caramel over roasted malts. Flavor is much the same with a nice bitter hop finish before the lingering sweet chocolate aftertaste. Palate is quite smooth and creamy. Mouthcoating. The oatmeal adds some grit to this one. I like it. A very nice finish to dinner tonight!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz Bottle from FalcoAlto. Thanks. Poured a very dark brown/black with a huge and creamy tan head. Nose was roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Nice. mmmmhhmm. There is chocolate and coffee and roasted caramel, but there is a pine like hop wandering around my tongue. This was a very nice stout.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Luscious roasted barley aroma with some sugary sweetness. Deep black pour with a small head. WowÖbig flavor. Milky sweetness combines with burnt malts and a wallop of hoppiness. Oaty velvet is a lovely addition. A very tasty stout. Thanks to FlacoAlto for the deliciousness.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From FlacoAlto, thanks, sir. Some roasted malt, but the aroma is mild. Deep black with thumb thick mocha head. Very bitter and acidic in the fore with ample coffee notes. Middle is a lessened version of the fore taste with a touch of sweetness from the finish which is cream and sugar espresso and chocolate.
ClarkVV (5866) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 bottle from FlacoAlto, thanks man! Brown head is small and quickly vanishing. A light coffee-with-a-lot-of-cream color. Body is dark-purple/black with some deep burnt umber tinges. Low carbonation and too slick to provide lacing. Smells roasty, earthy, dry. Light dark, dark roast notes mixed with fruit are apparent right away. Prunes and rich barley with some hearty oats. Flavor is 110% raisins and earthy barley with prunes. Lots of pruniness! Wow this is a refreshing, modest gravity stout. Itís nice to sneak in a non-Imperial stout every once and a while! Light hops bitterness mixed with the dry roast. Earthy, crunchy, almost granola-like flavors. Currants and a peanut brittle note hit. Retronasal prunes and lots of vinousness. All in a good balance. Really big, soft bubbles pop in the mouth. Light bitterness carried on the big, easygoing bubbles. This gives it a slightly watery feel, but itís hardly much to complain about. No alcohol ever noted. Hops, roast, dark fruits for days. . . A real easy sipper and sort of reminds me of a fresh, warm St. Ambroise Oatmeal stout minus the coffee. Very roasty though, sweet and malty, with an almost salty edge at the end. Yes!