Sammy (8644) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Jon. Big coffee lactose aromas. Black with on inch of beige head, and it is lacey. The taste is very lactose, chocolate and then milk finishes. Creamy mouthfeel.
Drake (8563) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from thetomG. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a fizzy medium sized brown head. Poor head retention and OK lacing. Aroma of chocolate, toffee, lightly roasted malts and a sweet note. The taste is roasted malts, a lactic note, some caramel and some toastiness. Almost a coconut-like note. Medium bodied. Nicely done. Good beer.
jtclockwork (8440) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from an awesome trader! Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of lactose, black licorice, roast chocolate malt and vanilla. Well balanced. Medium body. Great movie reference! (obviously)
GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz courtesy of tjthresh shared with SpencerDB. Pours nearly jet black with a thin tan head that has fairly good retention and lacing. Aroma is at first a bit funky and metallic and then as it warms turns to muted tobacco, coffee, roasted malt. Taste is very sweet chocolate, oily ganache, brown sugar oatmeal. Sweet but not cloying. Huge oily mouthfeel. 8% is well hidden. So easy to drink from the oats in the mash it could be a session stout.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Map Room. Deep black pour with a thick brown head. The nose is lovely. Sticky and rich and cocoaish with a lot of herbal roastiness. Very silken/velvety palate. Rich and thick with a nice herbal sweetness. Light black pepper through the middle along with the thick dark malts. Toasted/chocolatey finish with a farily assertive hoppiness. Chewy, thick and delicious.
Dogbrick (8141) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to ilovedarkbeer. Pours with a frothy mocha head that fades over a thick black body. Aroma of cocoa powder, fudge, raisins (special b malt), vanilla, lactose and leather. Taste is sweet with tons of lactose, leather, dark chocolate bar, caramelized malt, and coffee creamer. Smooth, thick mouthfeel with light carbonation. Good beer!
gnoff (7844) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
65 cl bottle on October 30, 2009
Very dark red to black color, small dark brown head. Bitter, cocoa, milk chocolate, bitter scent. Salty, milk chocolate, paper, coffee, cocoa taste. Coffee aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009-10-24. Black body with a small khaki head that fades. 3+ Aroma is pleasant, light roast, dark malt is milder than expected. 7+ Flavour is similarly much less assertive than I anticipated but rich. Decent malt character, lactose? - in a good way - very light bitterness in the finish. 8+ Alcohol is not at all noticeable. Smooth average to medium bodied palate. 3+ Pretty solid stout, very drinkable. Bottle from Liquor Stop, Indiana
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This super-sweet Milk Stout offers loads of vanilla, milk chocolate and coconut flavors for a creamy pint of dessert not for the faint of tongue.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam tops the brown-tinged black.
-A certain fruitiness is apparent in the nose, akin to maraschino cherries.
-The light carbonation makes the sweetness overshoot its purpose and diminishes drinkability.
-The finish does offer some earthy, almost vegetal hop notes, but the prevalent sweetness tends to wash over them pretty quickly.