Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Black with a thick creamy, yet slightly frothy head. Great lacing. The head has these huge bubbles in it as well. Aromas of dark malts. Roasty and bitter coffee. Some soy and some lactose. Bitter hops and chocolate. The flavors are very roasty with some chocolate and a hint of mocha. Lactose, but no soy. Bitter hops. Finishes that way too with the linger bitterness and roast. Hopistotle420 (1177) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Deep dark brown with hints of garnet. Light tan head, puffy, mostly lasting. Roasty, cocoa, coffee, pleasantly rich in body, dry, crisp bitter hop finish. Very nicely balanced, I always enjoy brews from these guys. Pleanty of hops, this is a great session beer! Great finesse; big beer without being too big. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
thanks to the man doclock for hookin’ this up.the color was mostly black with a bit of deep red peaking out when held to light.i also got a very nice creamy off-white head that left nice webbing as it left.i got a lovely aroma of roasted malts,coffe,and chocolate.the flavor was equally as nice.raosted coffe beans,chocolate,malts,and a touch of hops at the end.the mouthfeel was nice a thick,but still smooth.this is exceptional. hopdog (13249) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brownish head. Aromas and tastes of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Hops are definitely present in the taste (citrus). Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Black in color with a small but lasting head of white foam. Moderately aromatic with hints of chocolate, roasted malts and burnt currants. Big roasted malt flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee and plums followed by a substancial citrus twang from the hops. Very hoppy but it works with this very well. Nice mouthfeel. A very good beer.
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Cellar temp. Totally black in an Eng. pint glass. Head is a bit fizy dissipates to a partial layer. Strong aroma of roasted barley with a hint of raisin. Slightly dry, earthy flavor tending neither toward chocolate nor nuttieness. Soft, but a little watery for a stout. This is a fine stout, no flaws, yet no real character either. gabbledbabble (60) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Smells like engine, looks like oil. Not even a hint of color around the edge. Straight up blackened malts. Makes for a blackened beer. Tiny hop burps. This tastes a little flat. Probably old as it was on sale. Robust - NOT. Dry, chalky and scratchy. Blah. I didn’t find it very engaging. My wife and I both got 8 ounces down then set the pints aside and lost interest. She folded laundry, and I put away dishes. Boring. OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Bottle, from Julio’s. Good nose Slightly nutty, coffee, carmel. Clean dark reddish brown color. Ok head that left a ring. Bitter flavors, Viney, chocolate, aluminum, little grapefruit. Thinner bodied, lite creamy mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Good stout, though I’m not a fan of the viney thing. Dough77 (822) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2005
Steady stout, nice and roasty chocolate flavor and aroma. Poured out a little thin bodied, looked more like a dark soda than a stout, but felt more medium bodied once it hit my mouth. Sweet with a larger than expected hop aftertaste. Nice, but not a stout for everyday usage. richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2005
On tap at Andy’s. Loads of roasted aroma, deep brown body, thin tan head, but the flavor didn’t deliver on everything I was expecting from the aroma, and the aftertaste ended very bitterly, and the body was a little thin. I wasn’t crazy about this.