muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Spirit Haus in Amherst, MA (September 2006) consumed around cellar temperature from a Chouffe tulip glass. Opaque purple-black colored with a smallish lasting dark creamy tan head....luscious chocolaty nose, just hugely aromatic even from several feet away with an amazing blend of herbal scents: spearmint certainly (!), licorice and perhaps cinnamon, in many ways this is reminiscent of a holiday spice beer in this oh-so-fragrant nosing.....it’s back down to earth when the tongue gets involved, though there’s some good chocolaty stuff it never reaches anything like transcendence and in fact becomes somewhat hard, mineralic and chalky at the finish with a cardboardy thinness as it warms, and the end result is old bitter coffee grounds unsupported by much malt or creaminess in the mouthfeel. Wow, this started out so well and finished so mediocre...bummer.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle via trade with 46er3498 - Thanks Tom! - Pours black with a short offwhite head that stays only briefly. Aromas of chocolate, oatmeal, and roasted malts. Flavor is milk chocolate, lots of roasted malts, and oatmeal. Rather light in body for a stout and somewhat watery on the palate. Dry finish and a lingering sweet aftertaste. Not too bad..
CapFlu (4957) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Thanks to Kat in Lebanon, NH, for letting me sample this beer. Pours a headless, deep reddish-brown body. Nose of milk chocolate, soya sauce and roasted malt. Flavour of bitter cocoa powder, chocolate and molasses. Good.
ukoolaid (578) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Bottle. Pours a clear dark black with tan milky head. Aroma is roasted oats and chocolate. Taste is very creamy with toasted oatmeal, chocolate, and a little bitterness. Excellent brew.
Re-rate: Tried this on cask at the brewery. Wow, very good. Very smooth.
TURDFERGUSON (4028) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2006 i have tried several of this brewery’s offerings that are available at the bottle shop i work at. This one is my favorite. Nice chocolatey, roasted oatmeal flavor with a very smooth finish. Good Balance--Not overly sweet like some sweet stouts. Now I want to venture down to Greenfield and try this on tap!
steerpike (28) - Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with off-white, getting towards brown, head. Beautifully creamy, silky oatmeal mouthfeel. Sweet without being cloying. Sweet chocolate, some roast, some bread. Lingering bittersweet finish. Seasonal brew, available through the winter months, and just what I need to get through a stupidly-cold January night in New England. IMO, the Pint’s best brew.
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a pitch black color with a thin light brown head. Aroma and flavor of chocolate and roasted malt, subtle bitter finish. Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.