BBB63 (5694) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
#10 in my Stouts of November tribute: Very dark brown hue with maroon highlights. A large tan head which settled down nicely to produce very good lace. Nutty, molasses, coffee, mocha aroma with additional nose of floral and piney hops, leather yeast esters, and smoke. The taste is mostly dry, smoky and bitter with a touch of fruity twang and minor malt sweetness. Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Chalky and somewhat metallic finish. Good but I've had better, quaffable.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Has a very dark brown color and a roasted malt/coffee smell. Taste is of smooth roasted malts/coffee and finishes slightly bitter, but smooth. Overall a pretty good stout, but not the best.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In this beer, I've finally found a flavor that likens to that of Paw Paws. Adding, of course, smoke and coffee flavors. Most of all this brew has great carbonation. My cup runith over. Dark, heady and very stout like. Imagine that. Anyway, not bad. The locals of Portland Maine have a good stout on their hands. Lets hope they appreciated it. Cheers.
Dogbrick (7085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to BierBauch for the trade. This beer pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a medium dark beige head. Thin lacing. Strong roasted coffee aroma with a hint of malt as well. Moderately dry with coffee dominating the flavor. There is a subtle roasted malt and smoky character in the flavor as well. The finish is lightly bitter hops. Solid.
Ungstrup (28225) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is sweet, smoked with slight notes of chocolate. The color is pitch black and it has a fine brown head. The flavor is sweet, sligthly smoked with notes of coffee and chocolate. Really good for a low alcohol stout.
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black beer that pours with a modest head the color of wet sand that fades to a minimal film. Adequate lacing on the glass. The aroma is very sweet and fruity, like chocolate covered cordials, with a touch of roasted coffe and malt. Very appetizing to say the least. The taste is strong on roasted coffee up front, with some sweetness and a nice hop bitterness late. A very nice roasted note comes through on the finish a lingers well through the aftertatse. Very good, but perhaps a bit too much roastiness on the finish. The mouthfeel is solid and very dry. Not my favorite (I prefer Imperials), but good for the style.
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - SEP 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Anyone who rates this stout less than a 4.0 is a drunken lunatic. Previous reviews have complained about this brew's malty, burnt flavors and fizzy texture: these are among its best features.
It's not smooth, that's for certain, but its punch is part of its charm.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super duper deep black, pretty much opaque, large tan head that sticks around for the most part and leaves much lace. Aroma of strongly roasted malt (dark black coffee), very slight floral hop presence in the background. Flavor starts with strong espresso, middle has a mild fruitiness to it, end has small amounts of hops. Medium-full body, very slight carbonation. An extremely tasty, easy drinking stout that is now a staple in my beer fridge.
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with an espresso-brown head. Rich aroma of juniper berry and coffee. Smokey, sourish flavor with notes of tar, burnt coffee and horse blanket. Somewhat watery, fizzy palate.
larsniclas (5287) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2003 Bottled.
Black with an interesting brown head.
Smoky aroma with tones of juniper-berry.
Dry and smooth palate.
Smoky aroma with juniperberries and hazelnut.