Strykzone (6273) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cool bottle. Reminds me of an elixer sold at a Wild West Medicine Show. Pours almost black with a thin lacing. Aroma is akin to a merlott wine. First taste has some vinegar flavor and is mostly bitter. It offers a slight zing on the front of the tongue. After a bit the malt begins to show and some barley is becoming evident. Mouthfeel is thinner than hoped for. This beer has changed considerably throughout the glass. The merlott aroma has changed as has the flavor. To give up early on this one would be unfortunate. The bitterness, while still present, has moved into the background. It has also moved to the back of the throat. Also, some dark fruit has begun to show. Fascinating transitions to this one and I was sorry to see the glass empty.
PilsnerPeter (3037) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was expecting a little more from this one. Has a nice roasted chocolate malt flavor, and a burnt coffee character later on. There’s barely any mouthfeel, it’s thin and water-like. Initially it’s nice, but it doesn’t have the complexity that you’d expect from a stout.
Lilith (242) - Santiago, CHILE - JUL 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 cc bottle Flat, dark mahogany color. Small off-white head that disappears quickly. Strong aroma, sweet and a bit smoked with hints of coffee, toasted grain, wood, flowers, olives, prunes, figs, raisins and sherry. Flavor is hoppy and sweet with traces of coffee and smoked; the alcohol a bit noticeable. Bittersweet finish. The aftertaste is sticky and the texture is velvety. Light to medium body, soft but present carbonation.
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Panzerfaust (784) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JUL 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2007 Bottle at Sicosis: Pours a deep dark brown, almost black color with a minuscule tan, rapidly diminishing head. Almost no lacing.
Aroma is assertive and very stouty with a roasted cereal background. Notes of olives and soy sauce are present with the first sniffs. Then it turns into a more fruity character of prunes, figs, plums and raisins. This is rounded with a big chocolate and turkish coffee accent and subtle hints of Port Wine.
Flavor is bitter with faint sweet touches of sugar and dry peaches. I feel strong coffee notes, bitter chocolate and the same dark fruits as the aroma. It begins bittersweet but turns to strongly bitter in the finish.
Mouthfeel is soft and gentle, more carbonated than most heavy stouts. Oily texture. More thickness would help this brew. Long finish and wine-like aftertaste. Delicious.
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Aggie80 (804) - Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flat pour, with no head at all. Dark cola color with no bubbles. Neat oval shaped bottle! Dark coffee flavors with a hint of chocolate in the aftertaste. Slightly astringent in mouth feel, but overall pretty decent!
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - JUL 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
has a small but beautifully creamy and brownish head
darker than dark coffee,even if holding against light, it is totally dark!
smells of dark bitter chocolate, chestnut, coffee, malt,some hidden hops
tasts of dark,bitter chocolate,coffee,some citrus,dark malt,chestnut,roasted hazelnuts
aftertaste black chocolate,coffee,or better mocca, nice bitterness,chestnut
well balanced beer, with a great range of aromes! I like it!
thewolf (11931) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours completely black with a small brown head. The aroma is roasted coffee, but also a hint of berries. The mouthfeel is very nice and creamy, and still manages a high carbonation. Taste of coffee, caramel and some dark chocolate. Nice for chocolate desserts or maybe as accompanment for coffee.
radagast83 (6960) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cool bottle. Dark color, with a roasty coffee flavor, with milk/cream. Sweet finish.
piscator34 (2284) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in colour with lower than average carbonation. Aromas of Vienna roast coffee, milk chocolate, and spicy hops. Strong caramel aspects come out in the mouth, along with darker chocolate and more coffee. Heavy bodied, with a long sweet finish. A nice after dinner pint.
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2006 Bottled. Pours an almost opaque brownish black with garnet highlights, and a tiny bit of tan surface froth. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, and a prune or two. Full creamy body with just a bit of carbonation. The taste is sweet, with coffee, dark chocolate, prunes, coffee, roasty molasses malt, and a bittersweet espresso finish. If there was ever a SWEET stout, this is it. Not quite sweet enough to use as syrup on your pancakes, but close.