ganache (5896) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 Bottle. Pitch black pour, black as night, completely opaque, with a creamy, lacing, very dark brown head - very pretty. Superb, potent dark chocolate aroma really took me aback. Roast, coffee, and even some smoke notes as well. Wonderfully strong roasty taste, healthy bitterness and rather dark chocolate. Thick, full, humongous feel - but not sludgy. Manages to remain smooth and creamy. Roasted chocolate / coffee beans in the coating finish. Very dry and very roasty aftertaste. It’s rare to find a beer this explosively flavorful - a superlative brew. Stine (1780) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 The original light bulb over my head. Pours to opaque black with a creamy tan head, wafting burning cedar, hazelnut, espresso, dark chocolate. Immense roasted malt flavor, sweet nuts, coffee, and a lightly bittersweet finish. This is a wonderfully done example of a nearly easy-drinking stout, neither a sipper nor a session. DTB (51) - South Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2006
This beer pours out of the bottle in a stream the reminds me of used motor oil. Once in the glass, it’s a glowing black with a dark and murky tan and copper head.
Smells of a great blend of dark, smoky barley, coffee and a creamy nuttiness. The dryness of the burnt elements are delightfully offset by a slight malty sweetness.
The flavor starts with a mild barley, toasted marshmallow and nut foundation that picks up dry elements with the onset of the carbonation. This releases the expected smoky elements and a touch of honey. This beer then finishes off with a smooth coffee and smoke.
The mouth feel is surprisingly glassy and smooth with a micro-bubble carbonation.
As far as the smokier stouts go, this one’s top notch. It’s charred, but still smooth and clean with a superb silky mouth feel. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2006
This beer started off pouring a huge head, which eventually died down to a normal amount of lacing. Aroma was gentle, but had some dark chocolate and....something vaguely whipped and dairy like. Tough to describe that quality. The texture of this beer was excellent. It managed to feel creamy and thick, yet light enough for easy drinking (rather than gradual sipping) if you choose to do so. Flavors had some additional caramel and toffee notes, along with dark chocolate and milkiness upfront, and the flavors becomes more and more roasty as you swallow. The bitterness on the throat seems to come from the roasty malts rather than a hop presence (though I assume hops are there?). Great beer though, perfectly balanced yet easy to drink compared to some of the real big beers out there. It’s tough think of a better regular stout out there. Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 6, 2006
Poured with a thick head of tight foam that sank around the edge of the glass leaving a pillow in the center. Dark dark beer. Looks fantastic. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate aroma. Very smooth drinking. Tastes of chocolate, malt, and slightly burned marshmallows. It finishes nice...very pleasing.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Pours very dark, with a thin tan head, which quickly decipated. Chocolatey aroma. Wow, great taste, very smooth, nice and full body. Great job once again Bells TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2006 355 ml bottle. Consumed on 9-1-06 packaged on 6-15 (info available from website actually). No head, with thin lacing. Faint aroma. Very opaqe deep dark amber (no transmittance). EXCELLENT taste! No conditioning sting, this is bottle conditioned so it’a a REAL ALE. Bitter at start, malt and chocolate in middle, finish is sweet black licorice. Medium mouth feel. Suprising how high the alcohol content is actually. Somewhat filling. Excellently crafted beer! decaturstevo (6244) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2006
A nice dark brown pour with a slightly foamy lace. An aroma of toasted malt and coffee. A little less coffee flavor than I expected. A nice smooth malty beer that could easily care more alcohol. A nice palate that was almost creamy. A good flavored coffee like bitter finish. A very good beer. doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Perfect big black, creamy head. I don’t think it could be any more black. Great roasted coffee and chocolate. Nothing atypical with respect to sweet Stouts. Flavor was perfect. No bite or alcohol taste. Very, very smooth. This got even better as it warmed up. I wish more brewers would brew this type of stout. realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - AUG 25, 2006
12oz bottle (thanks to monger) poured jet black with a nice tan colored head. An aroma of roast, chocolate, hops and slightly toasted coffee. Taste was everything that was in the aroma, smooth with some chocolate, roast and hops. Overall one of the best stouts made.