NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 The aroma is coffee, cocoa powder and chocolate with a light roastiness. Smells nice. It pours dark brown to blacka nd holds a fairly lasting craggy mocha head. Very thin bodied fore, but nice toasted flavors of malt, coffee and chocolate. Hints at molasses and black licorice without ever really going there all the way. The finish is watery and the flavor really drops out. This could be good, but as it stands it nearly has the body of a porter and doesnít really satisfy my stout tooth.
Nejhleader (1346) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thick rich beer. fairly smooth drink for being so dark. taste of roasted expresso beans with a similiar aroma.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is an opaque black with a thick tan head. The aroma is of roasted barley and black malt with a little noticeable hops. The creamy mouthfeel leads to a dry roasty finish. Nice.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask: Black with a tan head. Coffee aroma. Sweet choc coffee stout. Medium bodied. Nice.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black body and tan head. Roasted malts in the nose, and taste. Great name, ok beer. On secound thought great name good beer. I am just a huge fan of IMPY stouts.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A big black beer with a nice tan coloured head. The aroma is full and roasty with lots of coffee notes. The taste is also nicely roasty with a little fruitiness at the end for good measure. A really good beer with typical stouty qualities.
MiP (14473) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Malty aroma, a little liquorice. Black colour. Roasted, chocolate flavour and aftertaste. The body is a little thin.
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance:black good head...
Flavor:good rosted malt flavor,sweet...
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Black colour with a baige head. Roasted chocolat aroma and a dry roasted thin coffee taste. Light body and a thin finish.
Oakes (13594) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The label references the land of blue skies and clear waters. Now, if itís anything like the Land of Sky Blue Waters, you know Iím in for a treat here.
Very dark brown colour. No particular head. The aroma is of cheap chocolate - nasty corner store stuff - and oatcakes. At least the oat cakes I can vibe off. I havenít had those in a while. I should buy some. The body is light for a stout, matching the gravity. There are the requisite hints of roast barley and greasy spoon post-clubber, pre-trucker coffee but mostly you get a lot of that plasticy ghetto chocolate - like Hershey or Toblerone or some nonsense like that - and more oats. Itís fairly sweet, which is fine for an oatmeal stout. There is a slight bit of brown sugar in the finish. But wait! Thereís more. Once it gets a little warmer a big whisky note comes out. I know itís fanciful - trendy even - to suggest whisky in a beer from Scotland, but Iíve consumed enough of the stuff to know it when I taste it. Sure, itís not very peaty and you could argue itís closer to Bushmills than anything Scottish, but you know what I mean. Anyway, this element and the cheap chocolate only halfway incorporate themselves into the rest of the beer, and the roast and coffee notes are kind of like the two geeks sitting off in the corner talking about Star Trek at the prom while everyone else is trying to score. Thereís just not a lot of cohesion - the elements in this beer donít want to hang out with one another. So while there are some good things going on here, on the whole I feel less impressed than I should be.