Kevin (2185) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 9, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a beautiful thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, powder cocoa, and a light fruity almost banana scent. First sip I thought, wow, this is good, a thin enjoyable mouth feel. Second taste was powdery and chocolate with a lingering dry dusty finish. More and more tastes later I am still enjoying the chocolate flavor and the slightly sweet berry that is deep in the background of this. A damn fine beer.
Ap-5 ar-7 tas-8 pal-4 ov-17
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Ughsmash for this beer. It pours black with a tan head. The flavors and aroma are very subtle, but this is a very drinkable beer. You could definitely kick back and have a few of these.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz bottle via trade with Duane! - thanks Duane! - Pours black with a pretty nice mocha head that stayed pretty well and laced some on the english pint. Aroma is very subtle roasted malts. Not much there really. Flavor is mild coffee, and bakers chocolate, but as Duane stated this one seems almost overly airy on the palate and over carbonated. Somewhat dry finish. Like most of the other Sprecher brews this just seems subdued and almost watered down in flavor
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
just gotta love those Sprecher 16 oz. bottles. black pour with a short-lived tan head. roasty, toasty malts and very drinkable. only complaint is too much carbonation, but otherwise could be a session stout.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a distinctive 16 oz shaped, narrow neck Sprecher twist cap brown bottle with a bottling/freshness date stamped on shoulder of bottle. Made an average appearance, poured an opaque ruby hued dark brown with a small fizzy tan head that quickly reduced to a thin bubbly lacing. Had a nice roasted malt aroma, burnt chocolate, hints of smokiness, a little nuttiness and a sweet dark ripe fruitiness. Moderate carbonation and a slick, watery light bodied mouth feel, not much creaminess, good drinkability. Had a watery roasted chocolate malty taste, just a light coffeeness, a gentle fruity hop bite in the middle and a watery roasted malty finish, a bit thin, with no dryness.
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a deep mahogany with a short cap of caramel head. Nose picked up baker’s chocolate, smoky malts, and a hint of dark fruits... with a moderate roast to it. Flavor changed directions by focusing on Pac NW hoppage... with dry roasted chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit playing second, third, and fourth fiddles. Roasty coffee and pine bitterness meet alcohol astringency at the dry finish... decent, but felt slightly out of balance. A bit thin mid-palate, but filled out for the finish. Not a bad brew, yet there are better examples of the style to seek out.
thedm (5433) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized mostly diminishing brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained no visible carbonation, was opaque and dark black brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of vinous mild dark malt . Its mouth feel is tingly bubbly thick with a palate and a aftertaste. Its flavor contained mild roasted chocolate dark malts notes. An above average brew.
Terminus (3541) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz bottle shared with whaleman at my apartment. pours pretty much black with a fizzy beige head. highly oxidized aroma with notes of char, smoke, light veggies and some roast. flaovrs are lightly sweet, woody, chocolate, char and some light rasin note. some husky astringency in the mid palate. pretty good for the style, but i think i will try to seek out a fresh bottle. long lingering char note lasts much after the finish.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark body with ruby highlights and a uniform sudsy tan head. Nutty, oxidized notes in the aroma plus chocolate, caramel, and char. Medium-high dryness in the flavor with notes of chocolate, charcoal, lightly earthy hops and some bitterness in the finish. Light, dry palate. A fair Irish stout. Thanks TannerTavernboy Eric.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tinny/metallic, thin body but with decent coffee tones. Far too few hops to be labelled as an irish stout.