stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Black. Tasted dirty, almost rusty. Only a slight chocolate tinge to it and bad chocolate at that. Christmas present.
Capa (3192) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poures black with a thin, deep tan head. Aroma is classic Bells. Roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, molasses, yeast, and hops. Mouth is thick and creamy with little carbonation. Flavor is delicious. Rich roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, with a lightly sweet background. Finishes with a little bitterness. This is one great beer, definitly wish I had tried this one a long time ago, I can only imagine what some cellaring would do to it.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Pour is total blackness with a thin deep tan head. Nose is a lot of chocolate covered cherries and some coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth. Carbonation is a little more active than the slight head lets on. Great coffee and chocolate flavor. Slightly bitter finish, but in a good way. This is a great beer.
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick, chocolately aroma with molasses and malt. Extremely dark brown body, quite opaque, with a tan head. Roasty malty flavour, burnt toast with drizzles of caramel.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black body with a medium light brown body. Rich roasted aroma, some chocolate and light coffee. Sweet roasted malt, light coffee, and a light bitter edge.
orville (160) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep black with a tan head. Sweet aroma. Taste is a bold bitter surface with sweet pure water center. Not for beginners but heaven for stout lovers. Highly recommended.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2007 12oz. bottle - pours absolutely black, unless held up to a light where tiny little red flecks become visible. Floaty yeast in the glass, settling to a thin layer on the bottom. Medium mocha head on top. Aroma is roasty malt, full of light coffee, chocolate, but most significantly it is very yeasty and bready. Smells almost like a baked dessert, reminiscent of some Belgians. Pretty damned awesome. The flavour is slightly hoppy, but mostly itís full of chocolately, roasty malt, with much of the same doughy character found in the aroma. Lightly sweet with a mildly bitter finish. Extremely complex and extremely delicious. Probably the best stout Iíve ever had. This brewery is killing me - Iím moving to Kalamazoo, MI. See ya.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 7571. Beer is very dark brown, almost opaque. Head is initially large, beige, frothy, mostly diminishing.<P>
The aroma is soft, dessert-like alluring. Malty with mellow moderate roasted grain, sweet milk chocolate, light cafť au lait and toasted bread crust; Hoppy with a light note of resin/pine; Yeasty with a light-to-moderate note of dough; Miscellaneous moderate note of vanilla, trace of cola.<P>
The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter with a long, building, moderately-to-heavily bitter, lightly acidic finish.<P>
The body is full, texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>Smooth, soft, plush and creamy.
POD (198) - USA - DEC 21, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottles. This was a delicious full bodied sweet stout! Beautiful black pour with dark tan head emitted a sweet roast malt & chocolate aroma. Mouthfeel was smooth and silky. Splendid sweet carmel, malt and creamy bitter chocolate were the flavors savored. Nice quick dry bitter chocolate and malt aftertaste. This would make a perfect dessert beer. It wasnít really rich. It was just a really nice sweet bitter stout. I really enjoed it and would drink it again.
kenoshakid (6) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2006 does not count
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark color with a rocky brown head. Rich malty flavor that is strong but by no means overwhelming. Excellent after taste and smooth.