BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma of malts, smoke, caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Some toffee in the flavor accompanied by sumatra-esque qualities, baked bread and just a hint of vanilla with a robust and dry finish. Pretty carbonated. A very drinkable beer. I could drink this often. Nice sample of this style.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a smallish dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, roastiness, some chocolate. Finishes dry.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black and thick palate. Roasty, Guinness-like aroma. Tall but short lived brown head. Flavor is too sweet for the style, but there is roasted malt. Cut down on the sweetness and this will be at the top of its class. Dry, popcorn flavor in the finish.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color. Smell of hops, coffee, toffee, caramel, bits of smoke and some roasted malt. Taste of caramel, roasted coffee, malt, toffee, chocolate, bread, hops and a nice bitterness at the end. Also some nut flavor at the end. No, not mine! LOL!
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, well tanned head. The aroma is subtle, almost nondescript, in fact. However, I was able to pull from it some nice dark chocolate and vanilla. Terrific balance. Roasted, gently bitter chocolate and espresso. Light to medium-bodied with a dry mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Finishes chocolaty, lightly bitter, then dry. Kudos to jimbowood for shipping the bottle to me!
NachlamSie (2616) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a respectable black with a small tan head. The aroma is a bit weak, but has chocolate, coffee, and a thin sourness. I was really impressed with the flavor profile. Though it is just ever so slightly thin, it’s got the dry stout flavor profile down pat. There is an adequate body of bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee. The finish is nicely semi-dry with an iota of spiciness and raisins. The entire beer has a slightly tart, burned note about it. Good stuff. I could drink this anytime as a session brew.
Palidor19 (2875) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very enjoyable, its got the taste of a high quality stout. Appearent taste of coffee and chocolate. Its got a fizzy appearance that make very fond have more.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2006 The aroma has raisins, toasted malt, coffee, leaves, and chocolate. The appearance is super dark brown with a medium head. The flavor has all the elements from the aroma with what seems to be tannins giving it an off taste. The palate is thin for a stout but the aftertaste is bittersweet chocolate. I was disappointed with this one but it’s not awful.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
New in town from the English ales Sampler Pack. aroma is a bit dusty with a sharp roasted malt note. Body is flat black and holds a slowly diminishing thumb thick mocha head. Fore is light coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a metallic tinged dusty flavor. Feel of it is decent, but that dusty note to the aroma and flavor is distracting and detracts from my enjoyment of the beer.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks a lot for the bottle Duane. The body was black with a light brown colored head. The aroma was roasted peanuts with some coffee. There was also some sweet milk chocolate. The taste was coffee with moldy cheese. There was also some burnt bread crust. The taste was nicer than that description sounds. The carbonation was very smooth. Another beer in an underappreciated style.