tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Charcoal-like roasted malts counterpoint the extreme sweetness in the aroma. Opaque, dark brown with rocky brown-tan head that recedes slowly to nicely cover with patchwork lacing. Roastiness dominates the flavour with some chocolatiness and hints of vanilla. Body perhaps just a bit light but mouthfeel is very engaging on the tongue. Bottle (MontreAlers - October meeting).
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a ample tan head. Looks great in the glass. Taste was roasty, coffee with some sourness. Finish was slightly hoppy and slightly dry. Nothing bad about this, but nothing to set it apart either.
beerguy101 (5351) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Eclipse black color. Small sized tannish head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, vanilla and slightly sweet. A medium to light bodied stout. Malts are coffee, chocolate and a touch of roasted malt. Slightly bitter hops. Nice balance. Perhaps a little thin tasting for a stout, more like a porter. Smooth taste. Not a great stout but still very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a coffee flavor.
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque black beer with living beige head.
Malty nose with tones of roasted malt and hints of coffee.
Malty flavour, bisciuty with tones of coffee and low bitterness in the end. A bit acidic.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - SEP 26, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - Pours a very dark black/brown with a big, bubbly tan head that subsides to a foamy covering. Aroma is of dark roasted malt and almost smells a little burnt. Flavor is strong of roasted malt and has a slightly sour character that does not really fit with the style. Body is too thin. Finish is not very long and does not have the characteristic dry bitterness of most good stouts. Not too impressive.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 Roasted coffee smell. Looks fantastic with a full ample head. Best pouring stout I have ever seen from a bottle and equally attractive from nitro. Flavor was roasty/toasty grains, coffee and chocolate with a slightly bitter finish. The more times I have this the more I appreciate it.
badgerben (4779) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black color with a monster tan head. Burnt chocolate aroma. Slight malt taste, but pretty watery. A little bitter. Fair enough, but kind of a disappointment.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black Coloring. Big Espresso Head. Good Roasts Here...Sweet.. Coffee. A Little Thin...Bitter at the End... Not a Bad Stout.
FROTHINGSLOSH (6372) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 I am not a big fan of dry stouts or this brewer in general but this was a pretty darn solid example of the style. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark black color with a mildly creamy medium brown head that lingered. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The aroma is particularly strong and rather pleasant. The beer is thick and strong in flavor with coffee and bakers chocolate. There is a mild hop bitterness on the finish. The beer also dries out a bit on the finish. Well done.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
An ebon hue, with crimson shining in through the corners, under a big, towering, thoughquick to crumble, soft brown head, leaving tendrils of lace behind.
Aroma is slightly bitter, slightly sweet, but feels like a coco-cola too much, to me, way too much carbonation. Some cocoa, hints of coffee, soft and smooth.
Brief hops, mild, then smooth malt, slight chocolate, minor espresso-ish tones, just smoothness all along. Cocoa stands on top as a cheif flavor, but the carbonation is still too high for me, and, ultimately, this stout lacks an essential mark of character. It feels too underwhelming, too easy-to-please, too low-expectations,...the carbonation clashes with whatever else the beer was trying to be...it could be smoother, could be stronger, could be bolder...but can’t...too bad...