JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Blackish pour with medium tan head. Roasty aroma with lots of coffee. Taste was of heavily roasted malts with some hop bitterness detectable - too thin & unbalanced to be really good. Below-average for the style in my opinion, but still decent and sessionable.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremely sweet aroma with malt and coffee; medium brown head on a thick black body. Taste is nearly all coffee and the palate is surprisingly thin but good nonetheless. I was expecting motor oil. Low carbonation.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black body with a very small light brown head that quickly fully diminishes. Coffee and dark roasted malt aroma. Sweet coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and some molassas in the flavor with a dry bitter end.
after4ever (6925) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Thanks, 46er3498! Pours jet black--opaque--with a thick moussy brown head that falls to film before you can even sit down and try a sip. Big fat-ass chocolatey nose that really takes command. Nice velvety attack; thick body with soft, caressing carb and sweet flavors mingling with a nice dry roastiness. Just a whisper of toasty bitterness on the finish. This is really nice, subtle stuff. Fairly complex and rewarding despite an overall mildness and subdued nature. Thisíd be a good one to seek out again.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottle] Pours a real black color and a coffee colored head. Aroma is rather sweet, with plenty of coffee and subtle hops. The flavors are again, coffee, chocolate, loads of malty goodness.. finishes dry, with some serious hops! An interesting stout, indeed.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bottle: Pours to an opaque near-black brown with a medium light brown head that sticks with some nice lacing. The aroma is sweet lactose (can you smell this? certainly smells like milk sugar to me), roasted malt, dark & bitter malt, unsweetened dark chocolate. Sure the aroma is simple, but itís well done and thatís fine by me. Taste is bitter dark roasted malt, a tiny hint of hops, lactose, light caramel, just-used espresso grounds, and a hint of coffee, but itís more like the bitter roast you get when youíre drinking the last drops of a cup of coffee without sugar where your filter broke and the grounds are in your cup - a flavor I happen to like, distinctly different from the earthy/fruity/chocolate/roast flavor you might use to describe a coffee stout. Medium-full bodied, medium-lively carbonation, definitely very dry. Finishes with a quick hint of lactose, then roasted malt, burnt coffee, and tobacco. Nice.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewtopia 11-12-05 This was a dark stout, hoppy with citrus nose. Pretty dry on the finish. Nice.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Could be a good beer, but it is definitely overhopped. The nice chocolate and mocha flavors are quickly kicked aside by an assaultive bitter hoppiness. Remedy that and youíve got yourself a very nice beer.
ClarkVV (4645) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle from City Market in Burlington. Pour reveals a clear blackish brown, with no red tinges that I can make out. Head is moderate, and dark tan, but seems to recede fairly readily, leaving little lacing. Aroma is not terribly expressive, mostly roast, bitter dark chocolate, but what it does have is strength. This is one of the few dry stouts where the aroma is actually notable when the bottle is open. I didnt have to bury my nose in the snifter to get this one. Flavor - Wow, thatís dry. The light roast and bits of lactose and caramel from the nose donít prepare me for the amount of attenuation on it. Not watery though, and a moderate carbonation. Bit of a prickly mouthfeel, all told, the dry roast not really helping. Moderate acidity, but somehow, my palate gets used to the dryness and there is some sweet malt as it warms. Finishes with lots of roast, notes of coal and tobacco, chocolate graham crackers. Hops apparency is very low. Medium body.
freekyp (1715) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A huge blast of espresso starts this one off. Flavor packs dark bakerís chocolate flavor alongside the ever prevalent espresso. Not at all sweet, this brew pours a pitch black color with an ample rocky tan head. Bitterness is high with a lingering bitter chocolate finish.