DocLock (8184) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this one from the Beer Seller in Williamsburg, VA. For starters, I donít like green or greenish-yellow bottles, but thatís the only negative I have about this one. Pours blacker than Yaphet Kotto, with a nice light brown head and superb lacing. The aroma is pure heaven....coffee, molasses, chocolate, cabernet, and some smoky peaty olfactory sensations. The taste is very smoky, with a lot of malt, coffee, dark chocolate, peat, and scotch. The finish is roasty, smoky, creamy, with a slight dry finish (even though this is categorized as a sweet stout, I consider it more a dry stout based upon the flavor profile). This one reminds me a lot of Alaskan smoked porter, which is one of my favorite dark beers of all time. This is one of the better stouts Iíve ever had.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2004 Bottle. Quiet sweet and a little bit cloying, Oaty, cereally malt, couple with sweet caramel and chocolate, some lactic acidity, ashy finish, pretty tasty, but sweet.
maltdog (619) - Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours darkest brown and completely opaque. A decent-sized mocha head leaves spotty lacing. Heavenly nose of oven-fresh chocolate fudge brownies, cappucino, and hazelnut. Maybe the barest sharp green prick of hop... or maybe not. Fleeting flavor is initially coffee and cola, then immediately bittersweet roasted barley/espresso. Pleasant but mild bitter aftertaste of tannic burnt grain and faint hop. Minimally carbonated, with a creamy palate, almost frothy-feeling at times. Seems to me that as it warms, the aroma ebbs as the bittersweet flavor strengthens. Very nice, though I wish the flavor was more complex and lingering.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep dark brown with a medium sized dark tan head. Nice burnt chocolate malt aroma. Taste is of roasted chocolate malt and coffee, with some nice bitterness. not overly creamy, but has a fairly full-bodied mouthfeel. A very solid stout.
Hangover (1081) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a rather miniscule tan head. Very sweet aroma of chocolate and coffee. Initial taste is of thick roasted coffee. Smooth on the palette and somewhat creamy. Sweet chocolate and bittering hops finish the deal. Nice, bitter stout finish. Unfortunately, youngs double chocolate kinda spoiled me on this style, and this is not close. Full house on appearance though, beautiful bottle. Above average stout overall.
Dalle (1145) - SkÝrping, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with brown head. Aroma and flavor-wise it is quite discrete (coffee, chocolate). Well-balanced with slightly bitter finish. Full, creamy (yes :-)) almost chew-able. Very pleasent.
clutchrogers (90) - Broussard, Louisiana, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
aromas of dark roasted malt, coffee, malty sweetness, plum and chocolate. black color with a tan head. dark chocolate and roast malt flavors with a smokey flavor. roast malt bitterness. chewy flavors like burnt chocolate cookies vanishing into a dryness with lingering roasted flavors. much more like a homebrewed stout than the more mass produced stouts.
TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
creamy chocolaty taste, great smell, very nice poor thick rich head. I enjoyed this stout, not to bitter in the taste.
Hansen (7081) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 5, 2004
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Not my kind of stout. Well, dark and a medium and soft head. But the smell is bad. Something like a bad sewer. Flavor is like burnt bread, toasted to much. Not nice! I did get it down though, glad that I didnít buy more than one bottle, and itís going to bee the last!
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body with a ring of tan foam on top. Milk chocolate aroma with a touch of pear. The flavor starts with a dry graininess and continues with a latte sweetened with apple and chocolate. I detect some of the hops in the finish - sort of a sweet dandelion flavor. I think I would like this beer more if it had a more robust mouthfeel, but itís good as it is.