5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours a coffee black with light brown sudsy head. First things noted would be the cocoa aroma. Sour up front, bitter in the middle, with a very dry/chalky hoppy finish. Ash/Dust texture lingers. Some roasted malts and mild unsweetened chocolate, but otherwise nothing spectacular.
BBB63 (6083) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque with frothy tan head and brown ring, good lacing. The aromas hint of smoky burnt dark and chocolate malts, espresso, touch of molasses, mild berries, aromatic hops, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is bitter and twangy, coffee and chocolate at the forefront (piney notes show up at the end). Undertones of peat and salt, wood, and chalky yeast. The finish is a tad too short but some bitterness and smoky characters do linger around a bit. The mouthfeel has a crisp and lively nature, very dry. Interesting to say the least, more a dry stout than anything else, and a darn good one at that. Be ready for a surprise, a love it or hate it brew. Not an extra stout however. Another stout via Acrodizer, thanks buddy!
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice roasted malt aroma. Not overpowering, but very precise. No off aromas here. Pours very nearly black. Carbonation is light but a good thick tan head forms and sticks around awhile. Nice roasty malt profile up front with a noticeable, but not overpowering hop presence in the finish. Nice and roasty throughout. Creamy, with some notes of dark chocolate and coffee. This is a well made stout that warms you up on a cold January day.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The following beer was brought to me by Sham. When you wanna trade beer, Sham is the man! This brew pours black. Well it's a stout what do you expect? It's black, it's dark and there are some ruby edges to it when the light is there. The head is thick and light brown.The aroma is weird. Where is this 95 rating coming from? Has some coffee notes but nothing standing out really. Body is on the thin side. Flavor is bitter and reminding me of that nasty Java Stout from Bells. Has some roasted malt flavors and more like spent coffee grinds in my opinion. The bottle reads "Limited Release" and let me tell you,it should be as limited as possible. Try again Pike.
argo0 (11562) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
(2003-04) Intensely dark brown with medium brown head. Aroma is rich coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light vinous. Taste is burnt coffee, light chocolate. Creamy body, remarkable for its fullness in light of its ABV.
tallmatt67 (99) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottled). This bottle was at least two years old. Very deep mahogany color with a tan, proud head. Rich, sherry aroma with background roasted malt. Full-bodied, strong malt with a phenolic twang and lots of roasted character. Lingering, firmish bitterness makes a nice finish. I'd love to try this fresh!
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got a bottle of the new batch.Aroma of roastedness and expresso, but not that strong, taste a whole different story; thick almost porter like big taste heavy on the coffee side. Its either very smooth or very low carbonated. Not to sweet.Will buy it if its around here, but probaly wouldn't pay for shipping again
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 This is an excellent stout. Opaque dark brown with a thick brown head. Aroma of malt and roast. Flavor is somewhat bitter, but comfortably bitter. Thick malty mouth feel. Dry finish. Thanks Buck_Dich!
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, almost opaque with a small, brownish head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate with some raisin. Flavors are similar, though the roast comes out a bit more. Nice smooth stout.
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2001-2002 Bottle: Nearly back with a medium and slightly foamy dark beige head. Thin lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and a hint of malt. A little richer than most Dry Stouts, I like what they are going for with a blend of Dry and Imperial Stout in the body. Coffee flavor really comes through in the flavor, along with some dark chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is dry and has a lightly hopped character. This might not be worth all the X's but it is still a good Stout.