wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured nearly black with some reddish highlights as the someone else mentioned. Smelled like hints of chocolate, coffee, espresso, vanilla bean and currant. Not strong enough in terms of the aroma. Coffee becomes stronger as it sits. Very smooth in terms of the taste with a unique coffee taste with a salty finish. Body was weak so I canít score the mouthfeel high. Drinkability was terrific for the strength. Overall I was impressed but to me it was lacking in complexities.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle DL Day: Nearly opaque with reddish highlights topped by a small creamy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of mildly roasted coffee, vanilla bean, bittersweet chocolate, biscuity malt, earthy yeast esters, hint of smoke and grassy hops as well.
The taste is smoky and chocolaty followed by mild grainy flavors and hop bitterness. The finish is straight coffee imbued joy. The feel is a bit of a letdown even though it is oily and lush, seems a tad too chalky and almost cloy.
A solid brew and enjoyable but I am not sure it rates a near 4 overall average. Thanks El Jefe for the chance to taste this.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
RICH IN FLAVOR DARK GOOD HEAD AND AFTER TASTE LIKE ALL GOOD STOUTS THIS HAD ITS OWN TASTE I LIKE THE COFFEE AFTER TASTE MIXED WITH CHOCOLATE. WOULD DRINK AGAIN
hopscotch (9895) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2008 Bottle... DLDí06... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, fizzy, well-tanned head. Roasty aroma with big time coffee beans and chocolate. The flavor is a swirl of espresso and milk chocolate with a rumor of caramel. Full-bodied and super oily with light carbonation. Finishes chocolatey and bittersweet. Intense, world class beer! Thanks to ElJefe for sharing the bottle!
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black body with a medium-sized rocky mocha head. Very rich chocolate and coffee aroma with fresh green hops. Wow, this is a monstrous body - loads of alcohol in a sticky mollasses body. Very rich and full flavours of chocolate, sugar, and toffee wafers. Bitter coffee bomb in the finish. Pretty good but itís mostly overwhelming!
Sampled at Volo on April 29, 2006.
ElGaucho (2272) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Lord Day, courtesy of El Jefe. Bottle. Dry, dark chocolate/coffee aroma. Nice creamy, light brown head. Dark, dark brown body. Excellent, rich flavor with some bitterness thatís restrained by the alcohol and creaminess. Excellent. A little weird in the finish but no complaints.
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Single blind tasting side by side with Alesmith Speedway Stout. Sweet, malty aroma with mild hints of coffee in the nose. A slight amount of vinousness with later sweet chocolate aromas. Opaque black, inky body with a yellow-brown head and nice legs. Beautiful head. Sweet, sugary chocolate flavors to start, turning a little more vinous and acidic. Nice chewy body with roasty sweet malts late with coffee coming in to finish. Small amount of bitter hops are also present. Not as boozy as the Speedway and much more drinkable. This is pleasant, complex, and warming.
Kevin (2120) - New Mexico, USA - APR 30, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
red brown pour with an orange head. wet coffee ground aroma with strawberry and chocolate covered cherries. taste is cold ground folgers with grenadine and cherries. iím smiling. nice orange sherbert and cherry juice finish with a roast taste. so much happiness here. roast chocolate greatness.
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at Hampton Inn tasting
A rich malty combination of coffee, plums, raisins and grain greeted my senses as I sniffed my sample. The body itself was deep black with virtually no head. On tasting it, the coffee really stands out as a strong expresso impression. Also present are chocolate dipped cherries and butter malt balls. Smooth at first but the alcohol soon makes its presence known. The finish reminded me of raw chocolate chip cookie dough and whipped cream. Overall, a nice beer that I might have to seek out again for a full bottle.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed this one thanks to El Jefe at DL Day. Aroma is clearly that of a coffee stout. Solid notes of coffee and oats on the nose lead into chocolate and toffee on the palate with a solid mouthfeel. The presence of hops are fairly muted until a pleasant hops, coffee, alcohol finish. I have a hard time beleiving this is 12 ABV, more likely 9/9.5.