TomDecapolis (4590) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours a deep black with a medium deep bubbly tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of tart cherries, roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, nuts, caramel and some citrus notes. Flavor of roasted malt, lactos, coffee, caramel, cherries, lightly acidic, some orange and light hop bitterness.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A fairly solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass yields a two-finger thick, darkly browned, tan colored head that sits on top of a very black colored beer. The darkness is complete as this beer does not pass light even when held up directly to the light. The aroma is dominated by roasted grain character; aromas of French roast coffee beans, well toasted barley husk, blackened whole grain bread, crushed well browned (not quite burnt) crackers and some sweet, burnt caramel notes. Though amply roast focused, the nose keeps from being overly harsh.
This is quite sweet, the lactose really comes through quite strongly; it is a simple sweetness that is a touch too strong for the rest of the beer. Underneath the sweetness is an ample roasted malt character that provides both a touch of burnt acidity as well as a roast-grain bitterness. There is quite a bit of toasted, browned grain character to this beer as well, with notes of browned whole grain crackers and an almost burnt bread crust note. Concentrated, yet smooth, flavors of black coffee are found towards the finish. The body somehow seems lighter than it really is, I think this is a product of the lactose influence somehow as this beer does have some viscosity to it.
Somehow this beer is a bit simplistic. I expect a greater malt complexity in both the flavor and the aroma; in the case of the flavor that lactose seems to drown out a lot of notes that might otherwise be noticeable. Not bad, but a bit bland.
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black with a thin tannish head. Aroma is surprisingly dry with, roast, chocolate, nutty and lactose. The Flavor boasts plenty of chocolate malt, lactose and a fair amount of hops (it is 3 Floyds!). Finishes more sweet and somewhat long. Medium to full body, creamy texture.
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Beerlando for this. Pours a thick black color with a milky chocolate pillow of a head. Smells are extra roasted with some vanilla notes. Taste is milky and smooth with some chocolate flavor mixed in with the roasted malt. Good milk stout.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, no date from Colin. Thanks GeneralGao! Black with a one finger tan head, fair retention. Roasted malts, char, and light chocolate are up front with some vanilla and oats in the background. Flavor is much the same with some black patent turning things a bit burnt. Semi dry with bitterness peaking around a 3. Hazelnuts and/or almonds show up later on in the finish. Smooth medium body with low carbonation. Pretty good,
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber via trade with BBB63, thanks Mike shared at Alesmith BA Old Numbskull release today, everyone like this one. Pours black with a light brown head. Nose is smokey and sweet. Taste is light sweet, with a lactic touch and a good roasty malt back bone. Great milk stout.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy dchmela. Black pour, thin broken tan head, rousing elicits a thicker head. Real nice lactic and nutty chocolate aroma, very fresh. Thinnish palate, real nice smooth chocolate notes and a mild roasty finish. Quality.
Dogbrick (8944) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample at the Hopsnobbery Collective tasting on 12/10/08:Thanks to JaBier for sharing a bottle. The beer pours nearly black with dark brown around the edges. Ultra-thin dark beige head that diminishes quickly, and spotty lacing. Aroma of coffee and milk chocolate with a nice roasty undertone. Medium, creamy body with flavors of coffee and roasted malt, as well as a nice sweet chocolate presence. The finish is bittersweet chocolate with a roasted coffee aftertaste. Very good overall.
Travlr (14362) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A jet black brew with a thin tan head. Aroma of smoke and nuts. Medium body, rich balanced flavor, very smooth. Thumbs up!
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Dark black pour with a small tan head. Thin, light brown film covers the glass. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate hints. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Flavor is slightly sweet. Powdered chocolate, roasted malt, and light creamy milk. Lightly bitter finish. Nice beer.