CaptKirk (175) - Hephzibah, Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had I this one in the Atlanta airport! Deep, dark brown in color with molasses aroma. Starts with bittersweet chocolate with the sweetness of prunes. Finishes smooth and clean. Good from the tap for sure!
Aggie80 (788) - Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Seasonal package available in bulk makes a great present! Dark brown pour with the deep malt flavors and the right level of hops to get a good bitterness in the finish.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 14, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Redbones Boston. Pours a nice deep dark brown color with a light tan head that keep about 3cm thick. Nose is nice chocolate, toffee, light coffee some hints of prunes and a touch of dry roastiness. Flavor is mostly bittersweet chocolate with some light coffee notes and a somewhat sticky finish.
ThirstyDave (23) - Thompsons Station, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one is Great in the sampler and itís been even better on draft. Iím a Sam Adams fan.
ClarkVV (3970) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on draught at the American Beer Fest 2005 and again at Redbones. Pours a deep chestnut and hickory brownish-tan, with some dull-olive brown and darker, almost violet hues swirling around. Hazy and unfiltered with a dark beige-yellow head perched nicely atop, about one finger high and retained well. Aroma smells of dry chocolate, not quite bitter, with light toffee and hints of raisins and prunes. Bits of vinousness and a dry, earthy, mustiness as well. Flavor begins with a good balance of dry and sweet, light raisins and a pruney/vinousness slowly building on the palate. Light chocolate notes, dry yeast and earthiness. Texture is a bit watery at times, slightly gritty as well, with a medium body overall. Moderate carbonation. Very respectable sweet stout, well-executed I thought. Wish stuff like this was a regular offering on tap around the area. Perhaps a bit of sticky sugariness, on the finish, that detracts from the overall complexity.