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 (1230) - 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. Thereís 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. Itís 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.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 12oz. Wnoderful pour, dark with a good size foamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, toasted coffee. Wow, The carbination helps to bring round all the great flovors. There is s severe dry lingering after taste. Easy to drink and very nice to have had this on a some what cooler evening. Suttree, thanks.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 Bottle. Pours near black with very little dark head, minimal lacing. Dark burnt coffee flavors contrast interestingly with the smooth, milky sweetness. Excellent mouthfeel.
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark as an ex-wifeís soul with an interesting aroma that hints country lanes, this is an excellent dark beer. The mildly milky sweetness does a wonderful job of overcoming the tendancy to bitterness that such a dark beer flirts with.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Near opaque brown with a wee bit of head. This is tasty. Mildly sweet lactose flavor and cashew-like nuttiness with a smooth finish.
NachlamSie (2540) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 bottle. Pours deep brown with a thin head. The lactose is noticeable in the aroma along with slight nuts. The taste is pleasantly sweet with more nuttiness followed by a delicious sweet finish. mm.
[Oct. 26, 2008]
Bottle best by October 2008. This pours very dark brown, near black, with a fading light tan head. This is similar to their porter in that it has a sour, vinous quality more pronounced than what I would expect from others in the styles. Notes of plums, buttermilk, wood, brownies, and coffee are found. The mouthfeel is decent on this. In the flavor I get hints of nuts, buttermilk, dark chocolate, charred wood, plums, raisins. I used to think the DR porter was superior, now I can’t decide. I like the thick, bittersweet finish on this one. Good beer.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Have to fight to get a head on this brew. Creamy, dense head of fine bubbles which settles slowly. Slightly sweet aroma with coffee, milk chocolate and lactose. Color is a very dark brown, boardering on black. Flavor is rich and creamy. Lots of roasted grains, dark coffee and a little sweetness. Also a nice bitterness to go along with the abundant roastyness. Finish is smooth and creamy. Very easy drinking and quite yummy.