hopscotch (8552) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2004 Pitch black ale with a small, fizzy, dark brown head. The nose is of rich, creamy, milk chocolate, cashew, hazelnut, coconut and buttermilk. Well-balanced with lots of burnt notes in the flavor. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Fairly short, roasty, lightly sweet finish. Thanks to robertsreality for the bottle.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. No head. Aroma is light choclate and roasted coffee. Favor is like watered down coffee. Sweet, toffy dark choclate, and licorice. Palate is a little thin for my taste in style, but over all fine brew.
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very foamy but lasting tan head sits above a dark fizzy beer. Rather average stout. Had one on special - 2 bucks a bottle at the ritzy gay bartender hotel pub.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BBB63: Quite the foamer, exploded out of the glass and onto the floor. Nose was full of coffee, dark roasted. hints of anice and vanilla, quite a complex stout! Oaky and woody towards the finish. It is light, though, but I think the big tastes just make me expect it to be thicker bodied. I wish most of it wouldn’t have overflowed!!!
heemer77 (5080) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 3, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma is fresh cut grass, vanilla beans and a touch of coffee with cream in it. The taste is fairly full. A nice dry character with some coffee, grass and cinnamon. Strange feeling at the back of the mouth. It is hard to place, but something like a flat cola? Smells great, but the taste let me down.
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark as night with thick dark head. Malty dry chocolate nose with some cherry fruit.Rich, thick, mice dry chocolate and burnt toast notes on the palate. Very rich with lingering burnt toast finish. Very nice stout that’s not over the top!
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had at Sir Ben’s Tavern in Duluth. Dark Brown Coloring. No Head. Roasts Aroma. Chocolate.. Little bit of Coffee and Something Else...Caramel or Toffee? Either Way, A Wonderful Stout. Worth Keeping Some Around.
badgerben (4363) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color with no head and little carbonation. Coffee aroma. Sweet chocolate and coffee taste with a good malty kick as well. Tasty!
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown head, which leaves fast. Dark brown color. Chocolatey esspresso aroma. Pretty sweet taste... choclate, caramel, coffee finish. Nothing extremely complex, but it is tastey. Palate is so-so. Very good!
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black with dark brown head. An undiscovered gem of wisconsin. Sweet malty coffee hints slight toffee and good caramel. Wow.