TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an inky black with faint reddish bubles (I wouldn’t call it a head). Nose is subdued and takes a fair amount of "fishing" to find anything that stands out. Smell faintly of oatmeal and very young grapes. Flavor is also muttled with faint bitter coffee notes and powerful malty sweetness. Seems to be all over the place.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a thin, frothy, rich brown colored head that quickly fades to a ring and a light dusting of froth. The beer is a simple, pitch black color. The aroma is rich and malty, with notes of dark chocolate and sweet coffee liquor up front, followed by roasted coffee bean notes, ample toasted grain notes, hints of port. The aroma is a sort of mix between espresso and a rich chocolate milk shake, it is quite appealing, though perhaps not as complex as I could wish for, but this is a weak complaint as the aroma is quite nice. There is something here that reminds me a bit of flour, or perhaps it is the oats, though I would not expect this raw grain aspect, it is actually quite nice and adds to the breakfast theme.
Ah yes, this beer has a thick and creamy mouthfeel to it. It is quite hearty, and filling, the perfect carb-filled meal to start the day. Sweet with dark chocolate notes and malted shake contributions. These notes are slowly overtaken by a changing roast character that starts out like a coffee milk shake, moves to a unsweetened mocha, and finally finishes with a lingeringly roast bitterness and acidity that is purely roasted espresso beans (though this flavor, I am sure, is a mix of the coffee and the roasted malt/ barley).
As the beer warms up it becomes a bit richer, and a bit softer in the finish. The finish is not nearly as dominated by the bitter/ acidic roast character, and actually becomes lingeringly malty like a lightly sweetened creamy, espresso loaded cafe mocha. What a deeply satisfying brew, I am quite impressed, more so because this was exactly what I was wanting right now.
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!) Pours extemely dark coffee brown color. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Thin brownish head melts away to edges. Lacing very fine. Mouthfeel is smooth, but also feels kind of "loose" and watery, kind of thin-bodied. Taste is mostly nice smooth coffee and a touch of chocolate, some plum in finish. Finishes bitter and with some alcohol burn. I liked this, although I felt it lacked some complexity and felt kind of "loose". Maybe aging would improve a bit.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Degarth for another fine brew. Pours pitch black, tiny thin mocha head, doesn’t leave much lacing and looks thin. The aroma is coffee beans and chocolate. The taste is great very creamy and silky smooth so easy to drink, inital taste is coffee beans and espresso followed by dark and milk chocolate, it has a sweetness like a hershey’s chocolate bar along with an espresso and hoppy bite to it. Very good tasting beer I could drink this all the time.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2008 (Bottle, 2006 vintage) Pours a black body with a medium-sized brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, lactose, chocolate, and caramel. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, and oatmeal with a bitter finish.
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, not much head. The aroma is fairly bright oatmeal and coffee with a bit of chocolatey accent. Light coffee, chocolate flavours and quite a bit of oatmeal. Overall a lighter beer than I was expecting, but the brightness appeals to me.
Sammy (8725) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
this brewery is making an impact and this was my first. Very creamy and coffee and smooth easy drink, though not too complex. Brown, lots of head and cream and cookies. Mocha and coffee, a spiked latte
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Classic stout appearance. Aroma is, supprise, dominated by coffee small hint of latoce and chocolate. Palate is unremarkable, no unique taste for the style.
ross (2090) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this shit here is really good. pours out pitch black, chocolate smell and a hint of oatmeal. taste is very similar, with a large overwhelming presence of coffee. thick, rich, malty, not too happy, amazing drinkability - damn awesome. i wish i could find this everywhere i went because this is a stout that stacks up to alot of its bigger brothers. i was going to trade some of this, changed my mind completely. great beer.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is opaque black with a thin brown head...smell is the ever familiar choco-coffee thing that was incredibly well done...taste is just really sweet coffee with hints of chocolate...a little thin and cloying toward the end...