Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - AUG 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep dark brown with just a faint glimmer of ruby. Tiny bit of tan head. Looks strong. Subtle toffee and perked coffee aromas. Nice, but a bit too mild. Toasty dryness, but at the same time rather sweet. Dark chocolate, bourbon. A bit winey palate, but smooth clean finish. An interesting and fun taste. Extra point for the goofy name.
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown body, thin tan head. Bitter, roasted, rather acrid aroma with notes of bakerís chocolate. The body is oily, slick, and dominated by bittersweet chocolate with roasted malts, earthy hops, and dark fruit touches. English in spirit, but similar to high ABV American chocolate stouts too. Iím glad this isnít in a larger bottle, though, as the beer is quite rich.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2006 Degarth, Thank you. Poured black, with thick creamy brown head. Nose had chocolate, roasted malts. The mouth feel was a bit watery, but, that could just be from all the IMPYís I drink. The taste was complex, more so as it warms. I tasted chocolate, roasted flavors, and a Smokey component. This was a tasty and welcomed treat, even if it was 100% humidity today.
rerate 12-25-06 Seemed a bit watery and off this time,
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer ages well. The samples I had when I first got it arenít as good as those I have had recently from my cellar. More like a Porter in body than a stout and thin even then compared to some porters it still has some good flavors that make it repeatedly drinkable.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a black body with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor of roasted coffee and chocolate. Smooth, creamy, soft palate. Tasty!
pineypower (2356) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out not nearly as thick as youíd think with absolutley no head. The taste isnít bad, and seems to be a strange mix of a weaker imperial stout and a porter. Decent coffee/chocolate flavor, but not quite the complexity Iíd desire from this style.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells and tastes estery. Pretty bland and watery for a porter. The most flavor came from the yeast, which I didnít like. Will not buy again.
Ernest (6010) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (not opaque), bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers).
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, soft carbonation.
Kinda boring and too sweet, but has a nice mouthfeel.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown/black with a medium tan head. Light, sweet chocolate and nougat nose. Tangy, musty flavor with a touch of coffee and nougat, medium bitter.
Cornfield (5325) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not a bad stout, if a bit watery. Small-headed, too. But itís got a nice chocolate, coffee aroma. Same with the flavor. Sticky chocolatey finish. Some more roasted flavors wouldíve been nice. Appreciate the 8%.