dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JAN 8, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of chocolate, roast coffee. Appears black as pitch, with a small creamy brown head that dissipates. Flavor is warm, roasty, with some suprisingly smoky notes, and with bitterness that comes more from the grains than from anything else. Palate is medium thick and very smooth. Overall, this is a fantastic brew and one that benefits from a restrained sense of balance. It is even a bit more than the sum of its parts.
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz. bottle, Batch #6864, bottled May 12, 2005. Pours near opaque only letting a slight amount of light to pass through this black strap molasses-like medium, with a small and bubbly frothy tan head, mostly diminishing to a floating film. Fragrant fruit (grape, apple) jumps out of the glass first and leads the way for some extremely aromatic dark coffee, espresso chocolate malt, faint smokiness of dark roasted malt, caramel notes with yeast (leather) on the nose. Dark bitter coffee and chocolate, biting like your wake-me-up espresso, oh this would make a great morning brew, modetately bitter lasting flavor with some sour leathery yeast notes. Dark and full bodied, lightly fizzy and velvety palate.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle Pours a heavy black with a lasting creamy light brown head which produces great lacing. Has a lovely roasted chocolate and coffee aroma with nutty hints. I also got a touch of dough. A thick full bodied stout with a good amount of carbonation and a nice finish. Good aftertaste. This is a great stout with good flavors and a robust taste that lasts nicely.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 31, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 4/6/08 (Bought 12/2005)
I figured it was about time to drink my last bottle of the 6 pack I bought in December 2005. Wonderful aroma very similar to what I reported in í05. Amazingly thick, oily, and soft mouthfeel. Easily a 5 on the palate. I donít notice much of a bitter finish as I reported in í05. It seems to have mellowed quite a bit. Nothing over-powers anything else. Itís just an amazingly thick, soft, and roasted mouthful. One of the best beers Iíve had for sure.
Pitch black with a small brown head that disappeared fairly quickly. Nice aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, nuts(?). Wonderful flavor. Mirrors the aroma. Some coffee bitterness in the finish but itís not overdone. Very nice. Thick and oily mouthfeel. Wonderfully balanced. I had to drive a long way to go on the beer run when I got this. I wish Iíd have picked up more of this while I was there. (8/5/9/4/17)
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black Pour, big chocolaty tan head. Some chocolate, roast, and alcohol in mild aroma. Taste is very nice - tons of chocolate, very rich roast, with hops in the background. The mouthfeel is thick, rich, and creamy. A truly outstanding tasting stout. Lovely lingering roast at the end. One of the best stouts I have ever tried, thanks to Captain Cougar for the trade.
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with rich brown head that fades quickly. Chocolately aroma with roasted accents; both of which dominate the taste.
Full bodied - borders on creamy with a simple light carbonation.
Very good, and yet quite simple.
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a creamy chocolaty head. Smoky chocolate aroma. A little of that smoke comes through in the flavor. Nice combination with the chocolate. Certainly worth the effort!
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - DEC 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2006 My last rating of this was bad...as styles pointed out. Things this beer is...tasty. Itís not huge, but it is perfect for anytime of the year. Iíll rerate it more adequately when I have a bottle in hand.
jefcon (1690) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Barbecue and chocolate cake aroma, some smoke and plenty of roasted grain. The beer looks great, too, an impervious deep chocolate brown with lacing that practically climbs the glass. Palate is smooth and creamy, with a deconstruction of smoke and hops on the finish that liven the beer up. Chocolate, woodsmoke, and coffee all come through on the tongue, and stay there lingering awhile. A complicated beer thatís easy to love.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Smells very complex, notes of cream and caramel and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is crazy with cream, oatmeal, bittersweet chocolate, caramel and java. AFtertaste is complex and long lasting. Nice beer.