boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very, very dark brwon body with blackened/ruby hues, extremely oily, viscous and is visibly thick. Beige bubbles fail to form a substantial head, only a thn layer of creamy carbonation. The aroma is filled to the brim with highly roasted grains and a large oatmeal presence, bold but unobtrusive alcohol with berry esters, chocolate, prune, pan-scorched and scraped caramel, licorice, molasses and coffee notes. The nose is creamy and dotted with ethanol, moderate hoppy bitterness and plenty of desired character. The flavor is superbly roasty and larger than life. Sweetness is medium to medium-high, bitterness is mild to medium. Acidity is low and astringency mild. Vanilla and raisin additions. Finishes lightly bitter with sweet chocolate, coffee and oats lingering. The palate is exceptional, very dense and fantastically creamy, with low carbonation and is full bodied and slick. Drinkability should be higher for such a creamy palate experience; hot alcohol prevents this. This isn’t world class but it is very delicious.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours thick and dark with a late-arriving, creamy, orange/brown head. The robust aroma offers notes of burnt caramel, ethanol, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso and resinous hops with light blueberry and raspberry esters. Huge, bossy flavor with lots of deeply roasted malt sweetness. Tannic, singed bitterness. Essences of bittersweet, dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, espresso and carbon. Ultra-full-bodied with the viscosity of motor oil. Chewy with soft to modest carbonation. Lengthy, bittersweet, molasses and chocolate finish. Kudos to boboski for the sample!
DialSquare (2041) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Fat Heads in pittsburgh. Black with creamy tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, caramel. Creamy palate. Roasted chocolate coffee flavors. Good balance. Alcohol is well hidden. Good stuff.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a thin brown head. The oily body noticeable adheres to the glassware. Aroma of roastiness, vanilla, oatmeal, lactose, and molasses. Flavor of roasted malt, oatmeal, coffee, and chocolate with a bitter finish.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours deep brown with a small head. No Lacing. Aroma of sweet and rich chocolate and liquorice. Tastes adds in some big hops; bitter and grassy, almost metallic, but not overpowering. Full body, thick. Metallic finish. Pretty warm. It probably could use a little aging.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy dsnowden. Black. Small brown head dissipates slowly. Aroma of roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, burnt grains, subtle bitter, resinous, and spicy hops. Same flavors, more intense. More hops, subtle coffee, solid oats in the second half and finish. No suggestion of alcohol. Full body, balanced carbonation until the oily smooth finish. Oats help the palate on this tremendously, great mouthfeel. Heavy, but drinkable. Excellent stout.
CheesedMan (554) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a completely opaque black, perhaps the darkest beer I have ever had. Aroma is intensley roasted. Full on, touch of coffee, oats, some raisin and brown sugar. I am really liking this beast. Flavor is insanely intense, full roasted coffee and oats, nice viscous mouthfeel. Hints of coccoa and even a touch of smoke. Bravo.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black pour with a deep brown head that becomes a ring. Pungent, oat-filled aroma. Burnt chocolate malts, tons of fresh rolled oats, brown sugar, roasted coffee, licorice. Big stuff. Very thick body; slick but not cloying. Full-bodied, with a robust roasted malt complex. Rich flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, burnt raisins, along with a slight grape-like fruity undertone, followed by a nutty character. Of course I picked up on a toasted Oat-Bran muffin in there as well. There’s also some toasted graham cracker in the roasted coffee-ish bitter finish. I really enjoy Southern Tier’s Black Water Series so far, however, if you sample these offerings in a serving any larger than 6oz you begin to question it’s overall quaff-ability. Still, it’s damn tasty and enjoyable in small doses. Have at least one other, maybe two people in company when you pop open a 22oz bottle.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Capone’s. This one pours deep blackish with 2 fingers of deep brown head, definitely one of the darker brown heads I have ever seen. The aroma is blackstrap molasses, roasty dark patent malt, chocolate syrup, ovaltine. The palate is very rich, oily, complex, and hefty, giving flavors of dark roasty malt, chocolate syrup, molasses, and some mid-palate blackberry notes, all melded together very well, and giving a super smooth, creamy finish with no detectable alcohol. This is truly an amazing beer.
iowaherkeye (2675) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, 2007 bottle. Black with a small tan head that fades to a ring. The intense roast has a good amount of tar, soy, and piney hops up front. Bitter chocolate, dark fruit, and light smoky ash come next. There is also a bit of berry. Flavor is ashier with a hint more of berries than the aroma had led on. Pine and tar and roasted malts all roll together exceptionally well in this. Sweetness never got out of hand thanks to the bitterness of the roasted malts and hops. I was actually expecting a little more bitterness, though this one peaked at a 3-4 (out of 10). Slick and creamy mouthfeel--full body with low carbonation--wonderful. Excellent beer.