DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black to chocolate-brown color with a ridiculously creamy cappuccino-type head. Honestly one of the most visually appealing beers Iíve ever seen. Aroma is like slightly burnt chocolate chip cookies along with some burnt toast, dark roasted malts, and a bit of coffee. Flavors lived up to the hype created by the aroma: burnt toast, cookie/biscuit maltiness, dark roasted/burnt malts, a bit of molasses, chocolate, and some coffee. Palate is smooth, silky, slightly viscous, but with an extremely clean and crisp dry finish. Maybe a small amount of a residual sweetness/stickiness. Amazing stuff, I could drink endless amounts of this.
hapjydeuce (938) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On nitrogen tap at Russian River brewery. Typical brown-black color with maroon edges. I enjoyed the aroma most about this beer, well-mixed bouquet of ground coffee, mixed holiday nuts and chocolate. Flavors are less enticing, balanced nicely but lacking that "umph" and linger in the mouth. A very mellow beer to drink, its great to session with the subdued ABV %. Not bad.
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On nitro tap at the Russian River Brewery. It pours black with creamy light brown head. The aroma is mild sweetness, burnt malts and faint coffee. Yum. The flavor starts with highly roasted malts then burnt malts mixed with chocolate malts. This is an excellent combination of malts. It is tasty, mildly sweet and roasty.
jefcon (1385) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Very dry (nitrogenated) stout, very drinkable. Coffee roast and chocolate aroma and taste. Beautiful in the glass. One of the softest palates on a stout Iíve tasted. Pillowy, gentle, roasted mouthfeel - almost like a latte -- and I dislike coffee drinks immensely. This was different; this was still beer.
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 This is a good stout overall. It looks great, with a thick, solid dark body and a very thick, rich tan head that lasts and leaves excellent and exceedingly rich lacing. It starts nice and roasty, with a good stout chocolate-coffee element and fairly full flavour, but then it briefly becomes a little weak and watery (not uncommon in dry stouts, but hardly necessary), before leaving a mixed finish. On one hand, the finish is a little sweet and has the nice toasty, smokey element of a good stout, but this unfotrunately becomes just a little too harsh, with a faint burnt skunky taste. This is sitll a very good stout since the skunkiness is not strong enough to ruin it by any means, but it is just strong enough to detract a bit. I get this occasionally, but not often, especially since two blocks away, Third Street Aleworks usually has a better tasting, if less aesthetically pleasing, dry stout on tap.
IndianaRed (2416) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at the BP
Black with a good sized mocha colored head. Nice roasyed ans coffee aroma and flavors. The body is a bit thin but the nitro softens it and the long lingering bitter campfie flavors are nice.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap @ the brewery. The smooth aroma was the highlight. It came cold and tasted like smoke. I waited 10 minutes, tried it again, and it tasted more strongly of smoke. I must have had a bad day, or just had too high of expectations, because I liked very few of the beers they had on tap this day, and I tried them all, but very few of their high rated beers were available. Disappointing.....
ABUSEDGOAT (2388) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nitro tap: nearly black with great retention and lacing. Aroma is rich coffee with roast, chocolate, caramel, etc etc. Medium to light body. Well made, but not that interesting. I donít like nitro taps.
after4ever (6125) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a nice grainy black with the traditional slab of wet cement across the top thanks to a nitro pour. Not too much aroma, a little bit of sweet chocolate malt on top of some nutty grain. A little tiny bit of carb makes it through the nitro, which is lovely. Nice chocolate and grain (biscuity, in a nice way) on the mid-palate, no chalk or ash. The nitro doesnít completely kill the flavor, which makes this one a standout among nitros Iíve tried.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Russian River. Dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Chocolate and roasty aroma. Creamy palate. Chocolate, coffee, and creamy taste.