Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a growler at the monthly meeting of the Champaign-Urbana beer club. This is my fourth experience with this beer, and each time I walk away less than impressed. Its a solid stout, but its fairly thin of palate and not very aromatic. There some milk and cream which is nice, its not over the top on the hops, but I’m left wanting more complexity and, ultimately, more flavor. What’s there is some milk chocolate and some roastedness, but I’m really pushing it to find much more. I like FFF, just not as blown away by this as others seems to be.
jaymobrown (1607) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Semi-bitter flavor. Dark color. Smooth milky texture. Caramel covered nut flavor. Sort of a cold coffee taste but not overpowering. Some sweet hints too.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh, Mama! Thanks, Brian, for sharing this growler. Stuff pours jet black like 10W40 with a thick and creamy brown head. Decorates the glass with beautiful lace. Stick your nose in there and smell butter toffee, hazelnuts, chocolate, cherries, roasted coffee, hops (it is 3F), and more. Let the orchestra play their symphony on your olfactory senses. Sip and feel the smoothness, the minimal carbonation, the creaminess. The flavor blends everything to a basic of coffee with thick, rich cream and shots of chocolate and hazelnuts. Yum.
MIBRomeo (2484) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
jet black pour thick brown head nice lace. Smells of some butter toffee sweet hints of milk chocolate and light bourbon.. mmm.. plaate is a bit small. flavor is milk chocolate, the chocolate malt from the ice cream malts some light hop bitter.. don’t know what kind some other roasted flavors and nice lactose.. Really really good stuff
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewpub. Very creamy and thick tan head. Dark stout body. Roasted chocolate "malt" and roasted sour milk and grain aroma. Thick, bourbon coated charcoaled wood taste. Some fruitiness in the background and also some slight hops in there. Pretty good... for me, a little too much roasty sour milk.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer boasts a dark black color (it must have been the lighting at Three Floyd’s Brewpub, but I think I saw a blue tint to this beer). It is disappointing that such a brilliantly colored beer has a mere glaze of a head and leaves only a smidgen of lacing in its wake. A nice hearty combination of coffee, chocolate, and toffee rise to meet the scent glands. This moderately thick stout spreads evenly through the mouth offering a sweet coffee taste that has a hint of smoke lingering in the background. The throat is not disappointed as the sweet coffee taste lingers and lingers and lingers.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, new brewpub (November 2005): Black. (Though at the end of the glass it became transparent and muddy golden-red brown.) A gray-brown film forms after the foamy, big bubbled head falls…lactic fruit and berry aroma with cherries, blueberries and sweet raisins. While light coffee rests in the background, cherry alcohol and black raspberry bitterness clings to the palate. Chlorophyll-coffee like flavours fill the finish with a lingering creamy dark chocolate. Another unique take on a non-hop crazy style…I like these new experiments, though this one could have used a bit less of the sweetness and a bit more hop kick…
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. This is about as black as black can be. Had a nice 1/2 inch rocky bubbly head. A lot of roasts and molasses in the aroma and taste. Nice and creamy going down. Finishes a little sweet but a slight alcohol burn kicks in and balances it out. This is a very nice stout, hell I’m putting it on my ice cream.
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at 3F. Pours a drak black with foamy chocolate colored head. Nose is lots of chocolate, some coconut, and dry malt. Taste is like a milkshake. Lots of dark chocolate and some coffee, along with a nice caramel and coconut hint. Nice mouthfeel. Sweet, but not overly so. Getting a growler next time.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ brewery. Pours a dark black with a foamy brown head. Nose is deep chocolate and dry malt. taste is a milkshake, dark chocolate notes and more dry malt. Finishes with a creamy palate and slight dryness.