5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours black, large tannish fluffy head, with semi-decent lacing, and lots of suspended yeasty bits. Heavy cocoa on the nose, slight coffee bean. Flavor is forwardly cocoa/carob, slight coffee bean. Body is slightly thin, finish is a bit bitter. Enjoyable, slightly dry, not smooth but a bit rough around the edges. Decent, but many better examples of the style exist. Thanks goes out to BierBauch for the trade!
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, tan-over-black appearance. Yeasty, sweet and sour nose, which I found inviting. Soft and creamy with an edgy carbonation. Very nice roasted flavors, with fresh coffee notes. Some sourness surfaces just before the finish. Subtle notes of chocolate and smoke as well. Can't really define or explain them, but I found a combination of flavors and aromas in this beer that really touched my stout soft spot. Good stuff!
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tan head, black body with hints of red, roasty nose. Burnt, roasty body; espresso with mocha notes. Quite nice.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 15, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2005 A very tasty stout offered by Shipyard. Very dark with not much of a head. Goes down smooth for such a thick beer.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark, thin tan head even on a vigourous pour. Roasty aroma along with a bit of bread. Flavor was roasty as well with a bitter coffee finish. Medium body. Decent stout.
jsquire (3971) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark beer out of the bottle with a foamy tan head that would not go away. Too much carbonation on the tongue. Lots of charcol, ash, roast coffee, bitter chocolate and a little blood. Nice bitter coffee sensation in the exhale. Decent stout.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good roasted malt coffee aroma. Black opaque color with an average brown head. Good roasted malt coffee type flavors as I would expect form a good stout. This is a well made stout and I will have no problem drinking it again.
TBone (14899) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (Helsinki Beer Festival 2004)
Opaque black. Dark brown steady head. Brown bread aroma, slightly alcoholic. Coffee palate with roasted malt. Finish is thin but smooth.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The head just explodes out of the glass no matter how carefully you pour it. It's actually pretty darn iritating. As usual, it's a bit of a second-rate offering from Shipyard. Color looks about right, pitch black with a tan head. If only you could keep the head down to a normal level.
As MartinT mentioned, there is little complexity in the aroma and flavor. Roasted malt and coffee flavors are quite prevalent, but it has nothing else going for it.
This brew is medium-bodied with way too much carbonation and a too-thin mouthfeel. Way too fizzy.
I dunno, all in all it was not a beer worth drinking again.
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Prevalent roastiness with blueberry undertones...The body is a bit too carbonated, and even metallic at times, and lacks in malt complexity to my tastes...Roastiness lasts, even meets a little coffee bean, but this doesn't change the fact that this isn't much of a conversation piece...