eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light aroma of molasses and coffee, dark translucent brown, taste of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, but a little watery. Not too filling, which has its place.
blankboy (7051) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry. Pours dark brown with an average size diminishing creamy light-brown head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, fruit, some sourness, chocolate and some hops. Flavour also has a mild sourness to it as well as some lightly roasted malt. I must say, I find it strange that is has no chocolate or coffee in the taste -- dissapointing. It does hide the 8% alcohol very well though. Upon reading the other reviews I have to wonder if this bottle was slightly off? As it is, it was just O.K.
Radek Kliber (6895) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 5, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with creamy head on top. Rather gentle aroma, some molasses, notes of alcohol. Medium bodied with smooth texture, very clean. Gentle toasted character. Pleasant ale.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottel (500ml). Shared with blankboy. Poured like a clear dark cola with a large creamy diminshing off-white head, the trademark Ridgeway "sticky lacing" left behind. Aroma of sour burnt fruit, burnt malt, plentiful funky-pungent resiny hops, yeast, burnt candied chestnuts. Taste is mild, almost like cascade hops added to burnt root beer, with a bit of fruit and roast malt added, hints of chocolate and nuts, an undercurrent of yeasty sourness - better than I make it sound. Mouthfeel is creamy but watery, dry, slightly fizzy, with a balanced palate, delicate linger - overall drinkable but not really memorable - I like the Bad Elf better, I’m afriad - I was looking forward to this one, which is why we left it for last. Just okay.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 oz bottle pours fairly black with an offwhite head that fades fairly quick. Aromas of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavors are much the same a touch of dark fruit comes through as well. Palate is somewhat watery for the style but prettly drinkable.. A nice novelty but not much of a beer really.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Light malt aroma with some chocolate undertones. Alcohol really comes through in the beginning. It overwhelms any respectable stout flavors. Very thin, no mouthfeel. Almost like a high output guiness. Skip giving the coal, give them this.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is a roasted, smokey coffee, black as coal, tiny toffee head. Tastes of roast coffee, liquorice. Light bodied, but finely bitter, pleasant mouthfeel. Very good.
beerguy101 (5350) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stout pours as eclipse black color from a 500ml bottle. Small sized beige foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and cherries. A medium bodied foreign stout. Malts are roasty malts, semi-sweet chocolate and dark roast coffee. Some dark fruit and cheery flavors as well. Hops are slightly bitter and citrusy. Very dry and crisp finish. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and chocolate.
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured thick, and dark. 1/2 inch thick creamy off-white head. Aroma hits right out of the bottle. Nose is of cherries and slight alcohol, and malts. Taste is of dark roasted coffee, and malts. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthful is light for a stout. As it warmes I picked up some fruityness in the aroma and cherries, and a ton of alcohol warming in the taste made the end of this brew undrinkable.
Tmoney99 (12994) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black color with a small rocky off-white head that was lasting. Moderate roasted malt fruity aroma. Medium body with a thin texture. Moderate sweet bitter flavor with an average finish.