ClarkVV (3893) - Allston, 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!
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with large dark brown rocky head. Roast malt, some coffee and bitter chocolate in the aroma. Roast malt with large chocolate character in the flavor. Some smokiness as well, particularly in the finish. Some vanilla in the flavor as well, to accentuate the chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium with smoothness appropriate to the style.
Pailhead (5196) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Courtesy of beerguy101 via trade. Aroma of roasted grains, malt, and coffee with a very light chocolate. Pours a dark brown with no transparency and a tan head that lasts a minute or so. Very roasty with coffee and grain. Chocolate is very light. Very light hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for a stout.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to beerguy101 for this one. Black w/ a thin tan head, this is a well done oatmeal stout. The flavor is sweet, vanilla, chocolate, w/ smokey notes. It has a dry finish, and is nicely structured. I enjoyed it.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer comes courtesy of beerguy101..thanks again mitch. This beer pours a black color with a thin tannish head and excellent lacing throughout the course of drinking. Active carbonation throughout. The aroma is sweet....vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, roasted barley, oak and smoke are the predominant aromas. The flavor is smokey as well with vanilla, chocolate and a sweet vanilla grain finishing this beer. A bit dry, but overall fairly full bodied and ever so slightly lactic..most likely due to the vanilla. Sweet with slight hop bitterness in the finish. High carbonation levels, but good for a change. Some hints of nuttyness as well towards the finish...chocolate and cocoa everywhere...impressive!
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2005 Bottled. Pours very dark brown , with a thin tan head. Very smokey and somewhat sour on the nose. Creamy and smokey, dark burt malts, orange chocolate, earth, and very smooth in the finish. Nice creamy thick body. Had imperial qualities just not the alcohol level. Very flavorful.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dectected a cold coffee aroma. Body was black with a chocolate head. Sweet flavor and the creamy thickness to this beer made it an enjoyable experience.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured black with a thick chocolate head and heavy lacing.
Aroma is heavy with roasty malt, chocolate and coffee.
Flavor is great! Sweet roasty chocolate with a nice medium body that just got better as it warmed up.
I wish it had just a bit more alcohol but this is still a good easy drinking stout.
Would get it again!
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2009 One year update
Appearance: Dark, not much carbonation, creamy but dark head.
Aroma: Very light, slightly smooth sweet oat aroma, touch of coffee.
Flavor profile: Medium body, dry but quenching, smooth oat, coffee and chocolate aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Bitter yet smooth, sweet oat.
Braudog (5932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pitch black with a thin head. Smoky and woody, but thin consistency. Sweet on the swallow with a tangy bitter finish.