willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2005
08.18.05 12oz bottle. Dark, burnt brown pour with ample but quickly fading tan head. Round aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted hazelnut, and cooked oats with maple sugar. Sweetness is all but naught as this stuff is surprisingly hopped up and bitter. Nice balance of hoppy, piney bitterness with roasted coffe bitterness. Some unfortunate vegetal hints but also a vague woody character that emerges from that. In all, it’s got some nice complexity if only shallow at that, and fairly novel for a dry stout. Fun. ABUSEDGOAT (2733) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Pours a solid black body with a small head, even with a jackass pour. Aroma is mostly roast, but also coffee and chocolate obviously. For a stout I found this rather blah. It’s good, but nothing special. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Bottle: Aroma of roasted grains, coffee, chocolate, and fruit. Pours a dark brown, with a small tan head that fades quickly. Slight lacing. Lots of roasted grain and coffee up front. Chocolate and fruit come in the middle, with a moderate piney finish. Light vanilla lingers throughout. euserphriendly (167) - Holland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Nice black pour with just enough carbonation to give it a creamy mouthfeel. sweet and hoppy at the same time. Finishes nicely. jgentgesdo (694) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Pours inky black with smallish brown head that lasts and laces fairly well. Nose is strong smoky malt, coffee, and chocolate flavors. The flavor is strong coffee and bitter chocolate, smoked barley, strong, with a touch of olive and tannin. Fairly high gravity, quite dry, very good dry stout.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2005
12 oz bottle pours black with a short offwhite head that lingers and laces. Aroma is of roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Flavor is of coffee with accents of chocolate and a little bit of roasted peanuts. Decent bitter finish. On the palate this is full bodied and quite substantial for a dry stout. I enjoyed this one. Another fine brew by Avery. JK (6095) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2005
More body and flavor than many dry stouts. Heavy palate. Some red wine. The roasted barley shows up in force but the hops are hard to find. OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2005
Couleur noire aux reflets rougeâtres, apparence opaque. Faible quantité de mousse s’affaissant presque complètement après 10 seconde, ne laissant que quelques grosses bulles savonneuses. Crème glacée au chocolat, fudge et timide touche de fumée sous une bonne quantité de houblon vert en arômes. L’intensité et le profil des arômes ne se traduisent pas très bien en bouche, devenant un peu vinaigré et quelques peu vineux, fruits rouges, malt très torréfié amenant une certaine acidité. Corps semblant un peu mince pour le style, faiblement aqueuse, carbonatation très présente et un peu trop piquante. L’alcool apparaît graduellement en finale. Bouteille, Amherst, Spirit House, Mai 2005. heemer77 (5355) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Black body with barely a trace of ruby when held to bright light. The frothy head is light brown and filled with small, tight bubbles. The aroma is rich with coffee, chocolate and some roasted nuts. The taste is dry with some wood and strong coffee. The finish is long lasting with that coffee bitterness. Excellent example of the style. Contains a little more roasted character in the finish than I would. This is definitely a big dry stout. Coudl be a little smoother with a little less of a long bitter finish. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Aroma is sweet and very coffee like. The color is rich dark brown but when poured it has a small head. Flavor is rich with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Bitterness is about right for a stout. But despite having a rich flavor it has a thin palate for a stout. Aftertaste is like toasted bread that is bordering on burnt.