IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUL 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark Black hole, sucks light out of the room itís so dark. Frothy tan head. Very rich, dark unsweetened chocolate, coffee, light floral & earthy undertones. A nice creamy feel with the flavor of bittersweet cocoa blended with yesterdays coffee thatís been reheated, served in a wooden mug. It sounds odd but it blends nicely into a full flavored tasty stout. I was lamenting that I missed it in Seattle and when I returned to Japan, I had this in a package waiting for me! Thanks for this one Josh!
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice foamy light brown head covers the deep dark brown hue. Candyish and spicy nose. Rich dark malts have minty and thyme-like vapors. You can tell itís gonna feel creamy from the nose. Surprisingly, hops are not a big factor in this one, gentle cocoa roastiness are paired with an effective and complex nut array to create a globally spicy flavour profile. As weird as it sounds, I feel this would pair well with asiatic food. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth texture.
MartinT (7476) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 (2003-04 bottle in mid-2005):
Approchable citrusy hops and malt roastiness. Intriguing milky beads amongst the pleasant chocolatey sweetness.
A below-average body, perhaps a sign of its age, presents mostly roastiness. Not much sweetness to back it all up, burnt bread bitterness and dryness take most of the room. Some citrusy hops manage to participate, but all in all, this is not quite what the commercial description suggested.
Another suit and tie in the building. 3.3/5
Relatively young bottle from 2009:
Vanilla and soy notes seep from this Stoutís roasted malts, which also develop coffee flavors and decent bitterness. Iím still not excited by this, but I canít say I donít like it. 3.3/5 NB: The tap version at the brewery restaurant was more cohesive and quite chocolatey throughout. 3.5/5
jazz88 (2521) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle of the Limited Release for 2003-2004. Black color with a brown head. Very smooth with espresso and lots of chocolate. Dry coffee beans dominate the middle part of the flavor. Thanks to Tim for bringing this down from Portland.
orpheusiv (1) - Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2005 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From the bottle, this is one of the three best stouts Iíve had. Dense head. Beer is black as night. Flavor is nutty/coffee. Good aftertaste, not the best. If you can get it on tap, itís absolutely wonderful.
Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draght - Pours black with a dense brown head. Aroma of coffee with citrus and fruit. Flavors are coffee and roasted malts with a bitter finish. It is a velvety smooth beer that leaves lots of lace in the glass
TChrome (1397) - Bedford, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer pours opaque with a retained dark tan colored head. Aroma is very roasty/nutty with coffee and hops. Flavor is cold coffee and tons of roasted flavors, some smoke and more coffee. Palate is very smooth. No rough edges. Very easy to drink, flavorful beverage.
zathrus13 (1683) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, with a small brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, coffee, with some chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is a little sour, with roasted malt, coffee, and some red wine. It ends a bit sour and bitter.
CapFlu (4311) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Medium, creamy brown head and opaque body. Head dissipates quickly. Nice viscosity. Nose is tart, red wine. Chalky coffee. Gritty, cocoa, roasted malt and coffee.
ElGaucho (2139) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderful, rich, sweet, chocolatety, hoppy aroma. Completely opaque body, light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Very nice sporadic lace. This is a very good beer. A wave of dark chocolate rushes to the back of the tongue. This is one of the better stouts I have had. A few more % of alcohol and this would be awesome. Exceptionally well made. Thanks, Slikwily!