Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brownish black with just a little head. Roastiness and Cofee hints are apparent. Alcohol is fairly well hidden in this one. I’d have rated it higher but despite it’s merits it felt like it was lacking something that I just can’t put my finger on.
dmac (5378) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at Madness. Pours a deep dark brown with red highlights and a small light beige head. Big boozey aroma with notes of chocolate, licorice and some sour cherries. Full bodied lively carbonation and some alcohol heat. LIght chocolate roastiness and alcohol basically sum up the flavor. Santa’s little helper needs a little help making all that alcohol a little less obvious.
StoutCat (89) - North Laurel, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 bottle. Dark with thin tan head. aroma of roasted coffee and candy. medium to thick bodied, bitter chocolate and coffee taste.
puzzl (3258) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle, 1 year old. Pours a deep black with a small head. Roasty aroma is a bit thin and unassertive. Slightly harsh palate, light dark chocolate flavors, and a slew of dark fruits. Not too complex. Age I think has treated it well though. It is soft and balanced. Wouldn’t age it too much longer though, not really that type of IS if you ask me.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
YEHA. opaque black with a light brown head. Aroma of roast, light licorice, chocolate, molasses. Taste is roasty, with chocolate and caramel. Medium body, touches of alcohol present. Finishes roasty and bitter.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 22 oz. bottle from HiTimeWine.com - Pours a dark brown color with a 1/2 finger thick light tan head. Has a sweet roasted malt aroma. Flavor is mostly roasted malt with light coffee and chocolate notes. Smooth palate, but reminds me of an Oatmeal stout. Medium body. Overall, a good beer. To be honest though, it was a bit of a let down.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black with 1 finger head that laces in linear form. Roasted coffee on the nose as well as the mouthfeel. clean finish with notable hints of chocolate.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle: 2007 Release. Pours almost black with a fleeting medium tan head. Chocolate is the most noticeable aroma with a hint of coffee. Chocolate and roastiness come out in the taste that is clearly on the sweet end along with some alcohol burn on the finish. The mouth feel is appropriate to the style and lingers pretty nicely. This is a good beer overall but could benefit from a little better balance for the sweetness.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours next to black w/ a modest head that dies like Clint Eastwood took it down in a Dirty Harry scene. A thin fluffy ring is all that remains. Smells like cold melted chocolate. Full nectar w/ good carbonation. A moderate roast component drives the ship as the fat malty mocha copilot infuses the staff w/ it’s heavy slop. Moderately sweet w/ justified alcohol that tries to balance but fails miserably leaving green tinged grasses to wash away. The finish is long and sturdy leaving a well understood message with the drinker. This beer is decadent, warming, and overdone. There is a defined alcohol presence that disrupts the balance.
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz ’07 bottle. Aroma of coffee and alcohol presence was more dominate. Black body with thin tan hea. Sharp alcohol flavor along with some roast and dry coco. Dry roasty aftertaste on palate.