BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Deep brown with tan creamy head which produce excellent lacing. The aroma hints of fruit (current, plum, and orange), caramelized malts, milk chocolate, aromatic hops, seasalt, grains and earth, and a touch of java. The taste was interesting to say the least. Starts sweet and creamy but then a dose of lactic sourness and hoppy bitterness is detected. A fruity undertone, coffee bite, and a salty character shows more upon the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but still lacks the body I expected, a touch astringent as well. This is a love or hate it beer, not a normal sweet stout. I found the fruity and acidic nature refreshing but it does detract from the mocha and coffee flavors. Try it and see what you think.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
very subtle aroma but then, I don't have a great sniffer. Great head(that's not just the beer talking either.) Sweet roasted malt taste with just a hint of hoppiness present. Not he tastiest stout I've had but very drinkable
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Nice roasted chocolate taste. Not too heavy for a stout either. Has a real nice aroma of coffee too. Minimal dark head. Overall, I very much enjoyed it. Got it in a variety pack with the IPA, pale ale, and special ale for $25 so it was good on the wallet too
boto (1981) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: This one pours a very dark brown, with a reddish tint to it. Thick tan head that went down pretty quickly. Fairly decent chocolate and coffe aroma, with some malt sweetness also. Medium bodied, and fairly smooth taste. Chocolate and coffe flavors, with some roastiness. A hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Maybe the oysters add calcium, but I'm sure glad I didn't taste any in there. Just what we don't need: fishy beer. Good, but nothing special.
duke33 (69) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2003
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
The taste on this one is too tangy and fruity for a stout, in my opinion. It has a nice head and coloration, but it just doesn't taste like a real stout in my opinion. Ended up pouring the whole 6-pack.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2003
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2003 My bottle got a tremendous amount of head from it. Strong smell of coffee malted aroma. Flavor is crisp and sweet, rather smooth. There is a slight chalky mouthfeel to this but ends cleanly with a nice finish. OK, after drinking quite a few of them frrom this case with TOO MUCH CARBONATION, I feel I must kncok thoe beer down, because it was about the worst beer I've had the pleasure of drinkning in a long time.
egajdzis (5699) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2003 Re-rate from, a fresh bottle... Poured a dark black, although not opaque color with a small tan head, with no lacing. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, and maybe even some sea air. Taste is sweet and fruity, also roasted malt is noticed in the taste. Hops are also noticed quite well in this brew. Creamy smooth mouthfeel. This is much better as a fresh bottle, but for some reason did not hold up well so I took some off from the overall score.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definate sweet coffee aroma. I think they used a pound of espresso beans instead of oysters. Very dark in color, held to a bright light, the light will penetrate about 3/8" into the brew. Little head, which is light toast in color. Flavor is cold coffee up front, waterery in the middle and bitter on the tounge at the swallow. It's nice but, not great.
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2003
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Opaque prune capped with a creamy light caramel ring. Bottle-conditioned. Airy aroma balanced by coffee and minerals. Very roasty with hints of licorice, cardboard, husky pale malts, grassy hops, woody black malts, and caramel. Spiny carbonation amid a watery, soapy body. Disastrous bottle-conditioning. Tear-inducing acidity is only amplified by the earthy apple notes. Toasted malts salvage the drinkability, lending a touch of sweetness. Hints of coffee, herbs, and burnt popcorn shells amid musty yeast and roasted malts. Earthy malt ending with a helpless mingling of grassy hops, paint, and subtle black malts. The aroma is extremely bland and airy, the mouthfeel is terribly thin and spiny, and the flavors are smothered by the acidity. Yuck. Note: very fresh sample. Gracias, egajdsiz.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours with a black body topped by a medium thick tan head with some lacing. Slightly sweet malt aroma with a sloght roastiness and a touch of fruity character. Not overly aromatic for a stout. Bitter malt flavor with roasty notes and a very slight sweetness. Bitter, bitter, bitter and not in a good way. Full bodied with a soda like carbonation in the mouth.