OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle via trade with porterhouse - Thanks Kevin!! - Pours black with a slight tan head that fades quick to a ring with minimal lacing. Aromas of roasted malt and light coffee. Flavor is roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and an over abundance of hops. There are sweet notes there but they are overshadowed by the bitterness of the hops. Definitely some liccorice notes as well. To be completely honest this tasted like the fish on the front of the bottle took a swim in it before I drank it. Definitely some funky aftertaste that made it tough to drink.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Matta. Black pour, tan head, awesome coffee and chocolate flavors, pretty sweet. Great tasting stout.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Matta
Aroma is rich roasted coffee and chocolate. Deep black color with a thumb thick tan head. Roasty and bitter. Bitter baker’s chocolate. Very smooth mouthfeel, but much more roasty than it should be for a sweet stout. Could use a lot more creamy, vanilla sweetness than it has to balance it...and make it taste like an actual sweet stout.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, pours black with a tan head. roasted coffee/malts aroma. taste is similar to aroma, with a nice balance of sweetness and slight bitterness of the hops. nice creamy mouth feel. like most stouts it leavs a kinda crappy bitter taste in your mouth. non the less, a solid brew.
Brewzer (3) - London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2005 does not count
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A classic - one of my faves. Creamy tan head, dark - almost black - body. Great tongue feel. Hoopy but not like Guinness - not bitter, with a creamy-sweet finish. Some bottles available at RSVP on Forest Ave.
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2008 22oz bomber from The Lighthouse in Manchester. Pours a pitch-black completely opaque body with a short lived half inch of tan head. Aroma is roasty with baker’s chocolate dominating and slight caramel notes. Tastes very roasty, like coffee, baker’s chocolate, with hints of caramel toward the finish, and notes of vegetal hops. Rich full body with moderate carbonation. A bit of a sipper, especially considering the ABV, but damn tasty and another top-shelf offering from Sebago.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 17, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22oz. Pours a nice black color with an off white foamy head. Nose is faint, but light roast is discovered for those who venture deep enough. Taste is just dry, bland, some bad chocolate notes, and a filth in your mouth upon swallowing. Just nothing to be desired here.
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft, South Portland location. Black body, with a small khaki head. Very roasty acidc aroma and a bit of sweet malt. Roasty bitterness dominates the aroma and does not invite many flavour friends along for the ride. Creamy smooth palate is incongrously thin.<P>
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porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 21, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22 oz. bottle) Pours very very dark brown, creamy tan head, fair lacing. Aromas not prominent but mostly coffee and a little chocolate. Roasty flavor of strong coffee with a touch of dark chocolate. Smooth. But what killed it was a grassy flavor in finish. Too bad, otherwise a good stout.
jimhilt (2372) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a light brown, two-finger head that goes slowly and leaves some lace. Black as midnight. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted/burnt coffee nose. Starts and finishes with a burnt chocolate flavor, smooth. $3.75 for a 22oz bottle from the brewery Gorham, Me.