pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Dark dark brown with a thin tan head. Coffee roast. A bit of chocolate. some decent sweetness giving way to some more chocolate and cinnamon. Thin body. Not a ton of thickness or carbonation. A bit past it’s prime, but not bad. Sweet. Strong roast, leading to something I don’t like much. Between burnt coffee and pine. Lingering bitter fruit. Still better than average. Apple comes out. A bit of chocolate as it warms. alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2007
12 oz. bottle (from notes). Pours dark, dark brown with a small diminishing tan head. The aroma is mainly sweet milk chocolate. The flavor is again sweet chocolate with a slight touch of a dark fruit, perhaps plum, as well. Medium bodied. A touch on the watery side. wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Bonus bottle from Nolankowal on 9/26/07. Thanks! Pours pitch black with medium-large bubble head quickly fading, and slowly being replaced by fine tan foam around the edge of the glass. Aroma is chocolatey. A hint of cardboard, but very mild. Aroma is mild 6-7. A bit of sour in the flavor. Medium body. Creamy palate. Leans toward the bland side. What is that sourness. I’ve read something about bottle exposure to high temperatures causing this, but I don’t understand it. Certainly reasonable to happen with this late summer shipping. shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Pours an opaque with a brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, some roasted malts, and some creamyness. Flavor is malty, creamy, caramel, and some chocolate. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 17, 2007
12oz bottle via trade, now I’ve forgotten with who, but thank you. Shared with bikesandbeer. The bottle has a stamped label that says 1175 if thats the batch this is pretty old. Pours Black with a ring of off white head. The nose is pretty intense, lots of sweetness, some sherry alcohol and a bit of coffee. The taste is thin and is strange, the front end is viscous and and alcoholic. Sweetness is there indeed and strange, the stoutness comes through on the back end in the afterataste. Overall an intriguing and strange brew, glad to have had it. Some sour in there after a good drink deservedely raises my rating.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
I don’t really know who to thank for receiving this beer, but thanks. Aroma was sweet like a cheap sweet sherry, slightly raisiny, some dark chocolate, subtle undertone of coffee with cream. Appearance had a light black body with rootbeer brown edges. I tried to get a head to form but it just didn’t want to . Mouthfeel was thin. Flavor is roasty, some chocoate, a touch of cream. Fairly blah. Nothing horrible, but nothing to run out and get again (since it’s retired, I guess that’s it). bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 23, 2007
Poured a very dark brown with thin head. Aroma was raisins cocoa and brandy. Flavor was much the same some roast and a sour finish that i am not sure was supposed to be there. Mouthfeel was thin. Although not bad, still not one of my favs from Bells
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2007
Aroma is chocolatey and sweet. Flavor was a little oxidized and maybe a light sourness to it. Not bad but not overly flavorful. Got a lot of roastiness in the end of this. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2007
dark body with no head..super-sweet milk chocolate nose with cocoa, nuts, and heavy cola characteristics..tart, cherry-like body heavy in sweet chocolate..finishes mildy bitter with hints of cocoa powder and over-ripened fruit..glad to stumble into this beer at the local store.. User37895 (3085) - - JUL 20, 2007
Bottle courtesy nolankowal via trade. The pour and appearance is typical, although the usual slow developing generous head isn’t quite there. The aroma was sweet brandy type aromas, raisins, cocoa and chocolate, slight roast. The flavor is sweet raisins, lightly bittered cocoa, roast, sweet milk chocolate, finishing with a sour punch, definitely a beer that has turned (w/o strong oxidation in this bottle, though), yet still quite interesting and tasty (only if you can dig JP and RR brews too, particularly reminiscent of the Madrugada). Dead on independent assessment led me to the exact same statement as my gifter below, nolankowal, quite foreign stout like about now. The mouthfeel is acidic and medium bodied, weak carbonation. Thanks for the opportunity on this one, John, clearly not what the brewer intended, yet oddly not bad in my opinon.