JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from the brewpub. Pours a brownish black with a minimal tan head. Malty and sugary aroma with a tad bit of hop. Sweet and milky flavor with some roast character. Very good.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours a very thick and dark black body with a very small, dark brown, fizzy head that dissipates into nothing and leaves no real lacing. Aroma is a nice combination of sweet dark and tart cherries with a mild coffee roastiness. Clearly milky and chocolatey. Some nuttiness, but the almost marshmellow-like aroma is pretty cool. It grows into a much fuller aroma as it warms. Flavor is almost like drinking a chocolate milk with a dry roast backing. Very creamy and smooth. Very milk chocolatey and blended well with the coffee taste. A hazelnut mellowness to it as well. Finishes with a little sour prune taste and lingers with a sweet, oatmeal chocolate and mild coffee aftertaste. Palate is full bodied, very creamy, and very chewy. Overall, this is a damn good sweet stout. It has a very nice oatmeal feel to it and a lot of nutty chocolate that balances real well with the mild coffee beans. I like this a lot and enjoy it more and more as it warms up. Although I love FFF for their uncharacteristically hoppy beers and crazy hop additions...I appreciate how a beer like this is so well done too. Nice job.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl bottle from Crown Liquors (Indianapolis, IN). Pours a dark brown to black color with a foamy tan, milk chocolate head that settles quickly. Aroma is malty and sweet with notes of heavy cream, roasted malt, ripe dark fruit, coffee, nuts, and hints of caramel sweetness. Flavor is very much the same but with a stronger bitter coffee presence. Notes of roasted malt, molasses, ripe dark fruit and toffee are present as well. Generally medium body with a sweet and bitter coffee finish. Nice sweet stout.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A seriously delicious brew, and one that gets better as the bottle warms. Not what I was expected from FFF at all. Unlike most of their offerings, this one is totally subtle. Chilled, it plays like a weak milk stout, but as it warms, it becomes much more like drinking chocolate milk. Aroma and flavor are dominated by the lactose, with notes of hops in each as well. Roasted barley, hazelnut, and coffee also make themselves known in the flavor, to varying degrees as the brew warms. Nice notes of candy sugar as well. Very nice.
TomDecapolis (4618) - 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 (4139) - 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 (1249) - 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 (2703) - 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 (3379) - Portland, 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.