ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Blind Tiger. Lots of charcoal... hence the name. The charcoal taste is balanced nicely with mocha and coffee and a small hop kick. Found the palate to be a bit thin for a stout.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark Brown Coloring with Sandy Ring. Bit Charcoal/Toasted Malt Aroma and Flavor. Really Light Notes of Bitter Chocolate. Medium Mouthfeel and Yeah, The Name Says it All.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared a bottle with Matt. The beer pours to a dark brown/black body with a thin oily tan head. The aroma is peppermint chocolate and dark malts. Toasted/blackened barley. The flavor is a dry roasted malt and a light sweet bitter chocolate. The palate is really dry and medium bodied. I donít get to try a lot of foreign stouts, so itís hard to know if this is good or bad (to style).
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2005
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a very dark red with a thin tan head. Meaty aroma with some burnt smells. Thin in body, sour in flavor. Has acrid, charred barley flavor but is overwhelmed by sourness. I think this bottle is off.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.07.05 500ml bottle. Mostly black pour below a moderately lasting dark tan head. Aroma is roasty chocolate, somewhat burnt pumpernickle toast, burnt marshmallow, and anise/fennel/floral. Palate is not as thick and demanding as I anticipated based on the label and dark color (I know, I know). And, although the mouthfeel is velvety smooth, itís not very rich, nor is it too bitter. In fact, Iím quite in love with the mouthfeel of this stuff--maybe the best part of the brew. Flavor is an uncomfortable combination of vegetal (asparagus, canned green beans), bubblegum, sage, mint, and anise, all thrown about on a coolly roasted, somewhat mineral, definitely sweet main component. Itís able to completely hide the 8% behind some heavy-handed sweetness.
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours opaque, dark brown with a scattered tan head. Not real attractive save the color/clarity. Aroma is so subtle it hardly merits comment. Flavor is slightly bitter and a bit astringent. Tastes liek the brewer used a blend of roasted barley and black patent for color & flavor because the body is a bit thin (but still not watery). Dry with a lingering bitterness. A lackluster offering.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Oh, My! A Ridgeway seasonal that is palatable. Well, barely. A recent beer tasting presented the complete line of Ridgeway seasonals and I was compelled to go down the line and try them all. What an ordeal. Of the lot, this was closest to anything decent. The black body and foamy tan head held promise. Thatís how I like my beer to look. The aroma wasnít bad. Notes of coffee, chocolate, brown sugar molasses, and a wisp of smoke. Fairly robust body and a nice velvety texture. The flavor was sweet and milk chocolaty coffee but not exciting.
Indra (2673) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle. Mildly roasty, semi-sweet chocolate aroma, some dark, grainy maltiness along with very subtle hints of smoke, raisin and prune. Hazy ebony color with dark brown highlights and a slight, fine head. Lightly bitter malt note up front followed by a light amount of spicy, fruity hop flavor, thereafter superceded by a wash of semi-dry, dark, roasty chocolate with molasses and other dark sugars, and with a light veneer of alcohol at the close. Seems a bit unrefined in the order and magnitude of flavors. Smooth and nearly flat on the palate with a medium-full body. Some astringency and cola flavor noted late. Somewhat likeable, though I definitely thought this could have benefited from a somewhat heftier consistency and better integration.
Dorwart (2403) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had to fight like hell to get any kind of a head on this beer. Thin and foamy and recedes quickly. No noticable carbonation. Black cherry, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Color is a dark brown/black. Medium bodied, roasty and slightly bitter. More chocolate, coffee and roasted grains. Typical. Pretty smooth and pretty thin. Finish is empty with a little alcohol warmth. Nothing special.
PhillyBeer2112 (2567) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Meh. It looked and smelled better than it turned out to be. Pours a very dark reddish brown, but dark enough to be black in the glass. Minimal head and lacing. Aroma is rich with roast, burnt chocolate, caramel and grassy citric hops. Flavor fairly light and sweetish, with an astringent finish. Not terribly enjoyable, and I used the rest of the bottle in a big pot of chili, in which it worked pretty well.