Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Very nice coal black color,small darker tan head that dissipated ina medium slow way but left a bit of lacing behind as it went.Roasted aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee to go with it,and maybe a slight hop presence but it's hard to detect unless you look hard for it.The flavor is mildly coffee with a medium chocolate and roasted taste slightly alcoholic in taste as well with a slight nutty taste thrown in.The after taste is roasted,chocolate and mild coffee with a definate alcohol tinge to it.This is a mildly sweet brew with alot of alcohol seeming to come through in the taste and after taste.IMO it's nothing special except for the trial basis and little more then that. TAR (2761) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2009 Clear dark cherry. Quick light tan foam. Roasty, borderline burnt aroma. Hints of medicine, cheese, hazelnut, tar, and licorice. Velvety, jellyish mouthfeel. Very earthy and roasty flavors with hints of toasty oats, concord grape, and cardboard. Slightly oxidized. More focus on the caramel sweetness and less emphasis on the fruity aspects and we’d have a decent stout. Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Rich chocolate, molasses, burnt malts, licorice, vanilla, coffee. Dark black clear with no head. Medium-heavy watery body & medium carb. Taste is pretty mellow. A little sweet up front, some burn. Finish is actually a little smoky & sour, with a smoky chocolate bitter after. A decent stout. PorterPounder (7967) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2003
Nice dark black appearance with a thin eggnog colored head - no lacing. Not as syrupy sweet as some sweet stouts and not as much body either - a bit watery. Has some chocolate notes with a bit of caramel sweetness thrown in for good measure. Middle of the road stout. Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2003
A very drinkable stout. Lots of coffee in the mouth and something sprucey and mildly jagged in the hop department. An odd turn in the back palate, a little watery, again the edgy bittering in the back of the palate. Attempts at fruitiness at times, fairly dry. Clear and almost black.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Deep ruby brown hue. Light tan head, leaving behind nice lace. Lightly toasted grain nose. Sweet first, caramel, chocolate, roasted grains, medium bodied, fairly sweet....Finishing acidic, with faint hops in the background. Very drinkable, although perhaps a tad bit thin. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Bottle (BB Mar/2009).
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), trace hops (flowers), with a light note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky.
Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation.
Dull aroma. Vegetal/husky. Ehhh. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2004 Oily light brown head with a black-as-night body, which wasn't entirely opaque. Peat-like nose. Moderate carbonation with a syrupy texture. Roasted malts were sweet, chocolaty, chewy, toasty, and a little coffee-like. Had a very milk-like sweetness. Some minor wood notes, too. Decent amount of bitterness rounds off the sweetness somewhat, but not quite enough for my blood. 3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2003
Smells like espresso and brandy. Good body, tastes of chocolate, smoke, and milk. Has a finish that is a bit pale, like old wood smell. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2003
Dark brown no head to speak of. Aroma of brown sugar and malt. Flavor has coffee, chocolate, carmel and hops. Finish is dry and somewhat bitter. Pretty good beer.