SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2008 April 2007ChrisFest Sweet and lovely. Perhaps too sweet, and with a lack of variety. But pleasant enough in a homebrew sort of way. There’s a lack of finesse here, but it’s an enjoyable ale anyway. [3.3]
Aug, 2008Chris_o’s GBBF Shindig August 08. Soft, creamy, frothy dark beer. Wood, plastic and tangy hops. The journey from soft dark malt into the prickly rosemary flavoured finish. Good. [3.7]
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 5, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark dark black. nice tan head okay lacing. Aroma was deep coffee and chocolate. Flavor was the same with some hops mixed in, even more so as it warmed. Very good beer. Well balanced all the way around.
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a thin head that readily falls. Light coffee aroma. The taste is not what I expected at all. It is not a bombastic assault on my taste buds, like Darkness or Dark Lord, or even Rasputin and Expedition. It’s got a good, strong hit of bitter and slightly burnt malt with some coffee and chocolate. The hop bitterness is up there and is all earthy, English tasting. Strangely enough, I taste something that’s like sweet oatmeal in the finish. Very nice brew.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a opaque black with a brown head. Aroma is malty sweet, roasted malts, smoky, and some chocolate notes. Flavor is smoky, malty, and a nice roastiness to it.
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - APR 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky blacky with a dense one finger head that fades slowly to a thin cap, leaving behind a thick webbing of lace. The lacing is very sticky, and lasts throughout the entire beer. The second pour, which is only a little more aggressive, produces a two finger head that takes a really long time to fall.
Smell; dark roasted chocolate malts, with some hints of coffee and molasses really jump out at me. A bit burnt sugar and some dark fruits are present, and in the background, there’s some traces of anise.
Taste; lots of roasted coffee beans and malts, that slowly fade to some chocolate and molasses. It’s a touch sweet, but the roasted flavors more than offset the sweetness. A bit of hop bitterness and anise come out on the back end, and there’s a little sourness in the finish. Not as in your face as a lot of the American imperial stouts are, but this is one damn fine beer.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a very nice smooth carbonation that helps to give this a greay drinkability.
maeib (8718) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled at Chris_O Fest March 2007. A black beer with tan bubbles for a head. The aroma is thik with a good malty base and licquorice flavours. The taste is good with lovely roasted malts and more licquorice. A tasty thick malty stout.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour gave me a huge brown head, on a slick and thick black body.The nose had black fruit, coffee chocolate and roasted malts. The taste, ahh, there were all the nose offered, and more. Full body, This was a bit hot for me, but I am aging a few so we will revisit that. Well done.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oil slick black, thick dark tan head. Nose held deeply scorched coffee tones that warmed into further smokey black chocolate notes, swirls of toasted vanilla caramel, and hints of currants. Well balanced burnt bitterness throughout with more chocolate, coffee and smoke that lies over a bed of warm berries. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry, burnt, bittersweet finish. Glad to finally have this one as it so totally rocks....dude...
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a black body topped by a meidum thick, brown head wtih some lacing. It’s slight sweet and malty with nice roasty notes, a touch of coffee and chocolate and a good bitterness. A slight smokey note shows in the nose. Full bodied, slightly warming and a touch dry.
auerbrau (3177) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2007 Bottle. Aroma fresh with roasted cocoa and spicy earth tones. Ruby-brown cornered deep dark mahogany with no head. Strong juniper fusel flavor profile, with a multitude of floral embellishments, followed by a smack of woody coffee. Some rushes of sherry and tannins. Dries nicely. At first this was too much medicine and harsh biting cologne-like floral for me, but I warmed up to its’ unique spice and earth cast.