redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Coffee and vanilla in the nose. Poured a dark brown almost black. Roasty, caramel, vanilla, sweet and a slightly sour finish. IrishBoy (4199) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Nose is roasty toasted coffee malts with some chocolate notes; opaque ebony body with very little tan head; flavor is malty, with lots of coffee, a faint molasses note, and a nice hop bite, with a semisweet chocolate finish. Ratman197 (14826) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Bottle poured an opaque black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee and bitter chocolate with a lingering roasty bitter finish. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
12 oz bottle, thanks to slob! Pours used oil brown with a small tan head that leaves spotty lace. Bold aroma is all dark roasty malts, bitter chocolate, barely ripe figs and floral notes. Flavor is also bitter and roasty, with delicate sweet notes evident as well, more of the bitter dark chocolate, cream, hints of molasses, prune and dandelion, with a lingering bitter/astringent finish. Full body and gently tickling carbonation. Quite enjoyable. HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2006
Thanks to gputty for this.
Pours a deep, murky blackness with a tan head. Nose is of nuts, and malts.
Flavor is roasted, with burnt malts. Bits of sourness, chocolate, and an overall smokey flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not a bad stout.
User37895 (3042) - - JUN 11, 2006
Poured a dark brown almost black color with red highlights on the edges and in parts of the body in the right light. Head was one finger and creamy but subsided to a thin but steady covering. Lacing was ok, not fantastic. The aroma was of strong coffee and smoked ash. The flavor was first of coffee and the strong roasted ash flavor hit me in the first few sips. The hops come through strongly in the finish, nice resinous flavors. As this thing warmed, it got more complex and far exceeded my epectations. Light chocolate and lactic tones started to come through with nuts developing underneath. The flavor is persistent long after each sip, lingering on the tongue. The mouthfeel is moderate to full bodied, but not motor oil thick or anything like that. The more I tasted of this, it came off like a sweet milk stout more than any other type of stout. A nice offering. Re-rate, May ’06: A consistent experience, a very nice stout. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Bottled, Batch 7061. Pours a dark mahogany, practically black with a medium cocoa head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, nuts, roasted and caramel malts. Taste is much the same, fairly sweet throughout with a bitter coffee finish. Very creamy mouthfeel. I actually thought this was a milk stout. Don’t know why it took me so long to rate this--would be a great dessert beer. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Batch 7210. Pours a dark black with just a slight hint of ruby red coming through if held to light. Head was tan and foamy and left some lacing and sustained. Aroma of milk chocolate, some roast, cherry, vanilla and coffee. Flavor of chocolate, light coffee, toffee, nuts and I was getting a light hint of metallic at the end. This is the best "basic" stout I have had in a while. Typically the Imperial Stouts tend to get my attention, but this one is right up there with the Imperials. What a great beer. ABUSEDGOAT (2757) - California, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Thanks to NewCastel1. Black body with a moderate tan head and pretty good lacing. Aroma is like any other stout, chocolate, coffee, roast and caramel. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with some bittersweet chocolate at the end. Tasty but it doesn’t have the ooomph of Expedition. LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2006
This was an excellent beer. Very smooth and rich, full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and gorgeous appeaance. Lots of chocolate and coffee on the nose and the flavor. Some hints of smoke and almond extract with a touch of toffee. Lots of carmel malt in this it seems as well. Excellent beer.