heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 2004. Pours with a thin orange colored head. Lots of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass in an otherwise black beer. Aroma is peachy with walnuts, sherry and some anise. The taste is a deep roasted coffee with notes of anise. It also has just a hint of a port wine. The roasted goodness lingers on the palate in a pleasant way. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a hint of carbonation. A very well done stout that makes me rethink my enjoyment of the big Imperials. Thanks a lot to HeRftYDrF for first suggesting and then sending this in a trade.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/24/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/24/04. Not sure of the year, but this is definitely an older bottle. Pitch black body with only the faintest trace of brown along the corners. Very dense, creamy dark tan-brown head that lingers wonderfully with some solid but slightly patchy lacing. Nose has strong dark raisins, mellow roastiness, a touch of cocoa and a hint of burnt caramel, some slight vinous character, and a blanket of oxidation that doesn’t detract. Very lovely and subtle. Deep coffee roast, huge dark purple raisin, a tinge of acrid and acidic burnt charcoal, juicy black licorice, and even some dried apricot flavors. Touch of sourness as well, which is where the beer is maybe showing some signs of wear. Very smooth finish with a fluffy mouthfeel and a lingering hum of a creamy carbonation texture. Finish is long and quite dry with a woody bourbony flavor entering the equation a little bit. Just a touch too much of that sourness lingering. Very, very good stuff.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2003-2004) Midnight black with a mid-sized, frothy, well-tanned head. The aroma is all espresso and dark chocolate with just a hint of black cherry and raspberry. The flavor is full of dark chocolate, espresso, ash and everything else burnt. Also a hint of buttermilk. Full-bodied with a creamy and astringent mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Lengthy, burnt, moderately bitter finish. Very, very nice! Thanks go out to Andre' for the bottle.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour raising a thick tan head. Nose is full of roasted goodness. Medium bodied with a light roasted malt bitterness. Expected more of that from the nose. Coffee makes a short appearance in the background along with some dark chocolate.
IndianaRed (3743) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2004 Bottle Pours a black with a modest dark tan head that settles into thick sticky lacing. Aroma is stron Molassas, nutty, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Bittersmokey molassas is at the front, with a charcoal aftertaste that is quite bitter. Less sweet than most of its type. Feel is moderatley thick and very smooth. Nice but the harsh bitter trailer puts me off a bit.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this with KBJAMES. A very good northwest Stout to be sure. Pours as black as you can get, motor oil is often used I think. Head is dark tan. Great lacing. Nose is heavy on roast with deep hop fruitness just behind it. Attack is filled with deep roast flavors (coffee, dark chacolate), and the crisp fruitiness of the hops. The finish is long and gentle, multitudes of subtle roast/yeast/hop flavors dance on the pallete throughout... Excellent beer start to finish.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - JUL 14, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a very good stout that is available here in the northwest. Very roasty and rich and what a great stout
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Release 2003-2004: Pitch black colored with a little head. Smokey nose. Thick smokey and licorice taste. Bitter finish. Nice
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark black color and a thick dark head that thins out in color and size. Nice strong chocolate smell, and and some smoked coffee feeling to it as well. Mouthfeel is a somewhat oilyand has a good presence. Overall smoked chocolately flavor and a good hearty aftertaste. Goes down easily, and leaves with a small bitterness that makes you want another one.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I'm ticked. I just wrote one of my most detailed reviews a few hours ago and then I deleted it. Forgive me for slighting on this review as I'm doing it completely from memory.
Poured about as black as any beer I've seen with a tan head and minimal lacing.
Tastes great and *very* complex. Not as hoppy as most Stouts but not out of balance at all. Coffee, toffee, a bit of citrus as well as some fruits like apricots.
Mouthfeel was good and had a nice subtle mineral moutfeel to it. Drinkability was great as this was one of the better Stouts I've had. I'm kicking myself for not getting a few more of these from Liquid Solutions while I was there. This is well worth seeking out.