11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black color. Meager brown head forms and then fades rather quickly to a slight ring. Aroma of kalamata olives and dirty ashtray initially. As the beer warms it takes a more pleasant aroma of moderate smoke and wood. Medium bodied and quite smooth as Oakes notes. Lower carbonation level which is befitting. Pleasant roasted grain flavors. Not overly astringent, decent hop levels. Chocolate and dark coffee. Quite nice.
Oakes (15803) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shiny ebony colour. The aroma is richly roasty with light fruitiness and hints of citrusy hop, toast. Smooth as hell, with gorgeous Belgian chocolate notes, cream, vanilla sugar, Yunnan coffee. Most of the bitterness is roast it seems. Great foreign style
bb (8557) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a thin cocoa-colored head. Malty/roasty aroma. Malty/roasty flavor with some coffee and a bit of residual sweetness. Some bitterness present at end. Full bodied and very smooth.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 OK Pike your back on track now. This was what I am looking for in a Stout. Black and huge roastyness. I loved the overall flavor and you just got this one right. The body I needed a fork to finish. Hello awesome Stout in my book.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Vinous grapes and cocoa in the aroma. Opaque dark brown with ow brown-tan head that lasts nicely and leaves some sudsy lacing. Roasted malts are overwhelming with very little residual sweetness of a powdery cocoa-like nature. Medium body is fairly dry and well-attenuated. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, sausage, and fruit. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, fruit, and hops. Unique stout.
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brune foncée aux reflets rougeâtres, faible quantité de mousse adhérant à la paroi du verre. Raisins noirs, cacao, malt grillé et levure en arômes. Les flaveurs vineuses et grillées semblent plus près de celle d’un porter que d’un stout. Corps d’épaisseur semi mince allant vers moyenne, finale mi-sèche, absence de sucre. Facile à boire.
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - 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 it’s 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 that’s 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 (6174) - 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 it’s 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 (9411) - 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 Stout’s roasted malts, which also develop coffee flavors and decent bitterness. I’m still not excited by this, but I can’t say I don’t like it. 3.3/5 NB: The tap version at the brewery restaurant was more cohesive and quite chocolatey throughout. 3.5/5