DietPepsican (1545) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin white head. Aroma is very roasty with a bit of malts. Roasted malt flavor, some sweet sugar, coffee, chocolate, and toffee. Finishes slightly bitter, a bit thin but silky smooth.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is actually a pretty damn good beer. Itís a reasonably deep brown/black color. Taste is very roasty, plenty of coffee flavors coming through with a nice silky body. Sweet and tasty, reminiscent of a slightly lighter version of Kalamzoo. Very nice.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2008 Bottle from some Wine Shop in Brentwood, TN. Pours an deep dark mahogany with a nice tan head and some slight lacing. Aroma of chocolate milk and dark roasted malts. Initial flavor of dark unsweetened bakers chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Middle palate comes the spicy bitterness, char, and peat. Finish is dry, powdery, and slightly sweet with some hints of pepper. This is a fairly solid beer here. Perhaps I may pick up more to lay down for 6 to 12 months to see if the malts and sweetness come out a little more.
topherh (1916) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle pours a murky brown with a tan head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is of chocolate, coffee, with some vanilla notes as well.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, thanks to NachlamSie. Pours a dark reddish brown with tan head. The aroma is roasty with some interesting chocolate and cherry notes, maybe a touch of anise. The flavor is bitter chocolate, anise, unripe raspberry, and coffee. It develops a woody bitterness that reminds me of tree bark for some reason. Some deep caramel sweetness comes out then, with some earthy notes and a slightly smoked-meat-like finish. Not bad.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle: Deep black pour with light brown highlights and a nice mocha cap. Dark, bitter chocolate nose with spicy esthers. Drinks a bit thin for a high abv stout. Notes of bitter chocolate and espresso are dominant with the signature drying, chalky note leads into the finish. Drinks easy, but could be more complex.
Drake (10806) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Nice bonus from xmarcnolanx. Thanks! Pours a dark brown w/ no head. Aroma of coffee, whisky. Sweet taste. Maybe a little too sweet. Creamy, medium body. UPDATE: This turned into a drain pour by the end. Way too sweet.
JMerritt (1898) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark garnet brown with a tiny tan head that is quickly and totally diminishing. Dry coffee and chicory aroma with spicy, roasty malts (bordering on burnt) and whiffs of cocoa. Bitter, roasty flavor. Dry finish. Velvety soft mouthfeel with fine carbonation is about perfect. Very surprising that this is 8% abv, relatively high alcohol level is completely hidden, but overall, there isnít much setting this above other cheaper and more readily available stouts.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Schlafly Bottleworks. Reddish-brown with thin light brown head. Caramel and chocolate aroma. Smooth tasty, well-balanced and hides the alcohol well. Flavors included chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Nice sweet finish - I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
NachlamSie (3022) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle born on Feb 5, 2008. Pours a deep, dark brown/red/black with a whispy head. The aroma surprised me. After having a couple Schlafly stouts now, I had this conception of what to expect. However, this is a little different. I get some pleasing peaty Scotch aromas, cigar, vanilla, and even some papery hops coming through. Mouthfeel is a little weird for what is going on here, but itís not bad. Carbonation is low and itís pretty slick. The flavor has some sharp, bitter sweet tobacco going on with a hint of vanilla, licorice, and teriyaki jerky. I wouldnít say this is a typical foreign/Caribbean style stout. Itís almost a Scotch ale-stout hybrid. I like it.