bu11zeye (11933) - 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 (555) - 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 (7729) - 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 (2690) - 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.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours Black with a tiny brown head. Sweet roasted aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavors. Sweet with a slightly bitter end. Wonderful velvet smooth mouth feel. Awesome stout.
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured pitch black out of the bottle with a nice dark tan head. Was excited to see this stocked at my local beer store. Taste was big chocolate, sweet malty notes, light fruit in there, then finishing with a rich hoppy bite, that had a touch of fine coffee liquer. Big beer that really comes together. Not the most complex impy stout, but refined and delicious.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Near black color with a modest tight bubbled tan head that diminishes to a small lid and a fine lining of bubbles on the edge of the glass. Fairly simple aromas of light molasses, mocha and a touch of dark fruit. Keep looking for some alcohol, but I can’t detect it. Thick and chewy in feel, with enough "slickness" and zip so not to be mouth-coating. This is how an oatmeal stout should feel. Malt running amok noted from the first sip. If I wait too long my lips start to stick together. Much like the aroma, somewhat simple flavors, but very well balanced, and elegant. Malty and lightly fruity, with touches of melon and dates. Some tobacco, cherry and cedar woods seem to seep in. LIght coffee and brandy also come in the finish. LInger has a long and lasting roasted malt taste. I need to pick up a couple more of these for the upcoming winter months.