dmac (4558) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Jeffy’s neighbor Fred, thanks man! Pours a solid balck body with a larger beige frothy head, nice. Aroma has some nice raostiness and vanilla extract but then there is this slightly weird sour powdered milk scent mixed in. Flavor is really nice with lots of roasty malts, burnt toast, dark chocolate and vanilla. Medium to fuller bodied with slightly strong carbonation and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very nicely done.
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brownish amber color with a thick and rocky but dissipating tan head. Nice chocolate and roasted coffee beans aroma. and flavor with a hint of brown sugar and molasses and a creamy mouth feel. A good stout.
Justinsvt (9) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 4, 2009 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black. Small brown head. Tarry, burnt, smokey aroma with some bitter chocolate and coffee. Similar flavors. Quite smokey.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black-brown pour with a full, well-retained tan head. Aroma is fruity, with bubblegum. Flavor is similarly fruit at the front, sweet, gumball and melon, before becoming a little more stout-like with a smoked bacon element. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, medium body, pleasurable swallow.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark and roasted malts and some smoke. Over carbonated mismatch that’s a bit chewy. The smoke gets into the flavor a bit and mixes it up with roasted malts and some usual stout fare. I can’t recall exactly what the Rhoades scholar is off the top of my head, but I’m thinking it has nothing to do with brewing…
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2008 Thanks to Fantomas23 for the bottle!
Chestnut with large, foamy tan head. Nose is huge sweet sugar, prune, apple, wood, a little lactic. Odd nose, almost sour-like refreshing in the sugar-fruit combination. Roast shows up in the flavor, along with sugar and more fruit, and yet again a lactic sour quality. Quite odd. Moderate body but too carbonated and rather sticky. Odd stout, probably approaching the Dubbel category with some odd sour elements present.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is black with a thin tan head...smell is roasty chocolate with some caramel and toffee notes...taste is sticky and sweet...metallic...light cocoa flavors in the finish...too bright...
mrhowes (10) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
chocolate, roasty, caramel, black, tan foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, bitter,
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bottle, courtesy of Summer Secret Santa 08, pours black with a thick but quickly dissipating brown foamy head. Smell is sweet, with aromas of coffee and sweet malt, a hint of alcohol and some chocolate. Taste is a bit sweet, but also a bit harsh. Flavors of sweet malt and cappuchino dominate, but there’s also some almost fruity notes that appear as the beer warms. The harshness of aftertaste also disappears when it’s no longer cold cold. A bit thin, but this is a solid beer.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
solid dark brwon pour with full fluffy brown head, smooth sweet aroma, spritxy palate, sweet front, mild finish, hidden fruity background, dry finish.