hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft... Pitch black ale with a small, off-white head. Clear and ruby when held up to very bright light. Smoky aroma with notes of molasses, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is full of smoke, dark chocolate and light molasses. Unbalanced by residual sweetness. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation. Finishes smokey and bitter-sweet with a hint of espresso.
sallad (115) - USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
dark dark brown to black, thin head. sweet chocolate and roast barley aromas. mild bitterness up front, more chocolate and roasted flavors, finishes sweet and a little thin. i liked their bown ale much better.
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 Very flat pour and virtually no head. Inviting aroma of toasted nuts followed by a similar taste. The flavor has a nice balance between a sweet and tart introduction and mildly bitter finish. Leaves your mouth feeling a bit syrupy.
Twentys (41) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Comes out the bottle very dark, cola-like. Minor head, possible pouring error.
Smells of caramel. Possesses a sweetness not unlike grape juice. Thick on the palate, but smooth. Refreshing for a stout.
crazyvin (1692) - New York, USA - SEP 21, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured a dark brown almost black color with a tan head that seemed to last about half way through drinking it. A real nice aroma with coffee cocca and sugary notes. Taste was initally sweet with a nice roasted mocha background a real creamy finish.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Held up to sunlight, this is a deep, dark brown with dark red hightlights. (Under "normal" lighting, it’s just black.) The head is a paper thin brown foam. The aroma is dark roasted barley, burnt coffee, and a touch of chocolate. Very creamy mouthfeel. The rich flavor is roasted barley and barley malts, coffee, a few drops of bittersweet chocolate, a dash of earthy hop bitterness, and an underlying sweetness from the lactose, just enough to keep this from tasting like three day old coffee. A very fine sweet stout.
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NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate and mild used coffee ground aromas. Deep black with a quarter thick mocha head. Very bitter in the fore with mild chocolate creamy/smoothiness in the finish. A very serviceable stout.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Out of a bottle thanks jonathan. Aroma primarily roasted malt and coffee. Poured a dark brown to black with a thin tan head. Flavor was good, at first a good kick of bitterness grabs your tastebuds but not for long as the lactose quickly quenches and releases the need to shudder. Palate was good could have been a tad thicker. Overall a tasty treat.
BuckNaked (1231) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Suttee: Dark brown, near black, that does appear somewhat clear next to the light. There’s a small tan head that dies very quickly. The aroma is roasted malts and coffee - pretty simple, but well done. The taste is bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and that is balanced nicely by a creamy sweetness. It’s a bit sweet than most, but that really works here. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, mouthfeel is thin an water at times.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of chocolate, roast coffee, black licorice, hint of caramel. Appears black as night with a very thin head that dissipates immediately. Flavor is roasted malt, cocoa, lemony hops. Palate is medium, with noticeable creaminess, and just enough effervescence. Overall, this beer is equal to or slightly less than the sum of its parts.