notalush (5748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled off the picnic table at Dark Lord Day - the age on this one shows - quite thin in body - a kind of mild tartness settles on the palate, almost overpowering the mild cream/sugar sweetness - some very burnt-tasting malt, which is actually quite interesting, almost giving it a caramelized tastes - not bad, but probably way better when it was young.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Black as night, black coffee edges, thin light brown head, spritzy, spotty lacing.   Somewhat tart burnt malt nose, semi-sweet, a bit of milk sugar like sweetness is noticeable.   Tart pale fruit, apples, pears, along with a nice roasted malt accentuated taste.   Definite milk sugar like sweetness resides.   Body is fairly enjoyable, but the mouthfeel is fairly moderate given its age.   Sweet and tart finish, pale fruit skin shines, roasted malts crest, and the milk sugar sweetness lingers.   A whole array of flavors with this one.   Pretty damn tasty, and a bit unusual too.   Big thanks to Styles for including this rare gem as a damn freebie!!!
FlacoAlto (4173) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled February 2006
Pours with a frothy, large bubbled, half-finger thick brown colored head. The beer is a deep black, opaque color. The aroma smells quite dry, a bit acidic, with a hint of plum-like fruitiness towards the end. Aromatic notes of dark roasted coffee beans intermingle with a hint of sherry and an underlying, rich malty note that reminds me of dark chocolate. There seems to be a bit of mustiness here as well, but just a touch and it seems to mix into the fruitiness somehow.
The beer has a certain fullness to it as it hits my mouth, yet at the same time it is light and a tad thin around the edges (some signs of itís age). There is a chocolate-like sweet note here, especially in the middle and towards the end of a draught of this beer. Up front a bit of acidity accentuates a solid fruit character that makes me think most of sweet, aromatic plums. The finish has a note of dry, roasted character, which intermingles with the sweet malty notes, and, in fact, is ultimately subservient to the sweet, chalky malt notes in the long finish.
This beer is still quite nice, what age is here mostly adds to the complexity. Some oxidation has increased/ enhanced the fruit character, and certainly makes up for the thinning of the palate around the edges. There is also a certain sherry-like or even port-like quality here, which again adds to the complexity. This has definitely held up pretty darn well.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderate viscosity, black and opaque with a dark khaki-tan head and a dusty galaxy overlay. Aroma is a tasty treat - bitter-sweet chocolate, milky espresso cooler, iced cappuccino, cocoa powder, licorice root and dog food bags. Flavor reveals no hint of a beer past its prime. Though somewhat easy-going, thereís an admirable composure of semi-sweet and smooth chocolate morsels, which gradually evolve to envelop mild bakers chocolate and chagrinned tootsie rolls. Background bitterness meets iced cafe lattes. Chocolate stir sticks and whipped mouse sweeten the deal while cocoa beans and mocha beans rally for a mild supportive bitterness. Gentle, with preferable carbonation levels, and a well-balanced formula, finishing with a light, fluffy chocolate cool whip anthem, melting so thereís more crŤme than arid quaffs. You sure as hell can cellar a beer, Styles - thanks for this one!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears black with a tan head and spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of lactose, chocolate, dark fruit, light coffee, and slight sourness.
Taste is of the same aromas and seems slightly sour.
Mouthfeel...well, it is slightly sour, as this one is obviously past itís prime. It was still a pleasant brew.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromas of chocolate abound. Tons of cocoa and light coffee bitterness in this brew. Subtle sweetness, almost like someone dropped a mini-moo into an old cup of coffee. Not bad for a beer that has been sitting for afew years.
hopdog (11774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with ClarkVV (thanks!). Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, lactose, and some dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, chocolates, roasted malts and lactose. There was also a ver light sourness to the taste.
egajdzis (6186) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a dark brown color with a thin, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and dried fruits. Taste of chocolate, roast, light lactose, with some cherries, and some faint smoke in the background as well.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Styles! Poured a very deep brown, almost black... with little carbonation or headage. Aroma was sour with currants, lactic acid, and coffee. Milky sweetness throughout the drink with sour dark fruits, coffee, and a dry chocolate standing out at times. Moderate level of roastiness and a rather thin body. Intricacies of the flavor became more apparent as this warmed to room temp. Probably missing some of its initial luster, but this 5% sweet stout seems to have held up fairly well after a few years.
pinkzambia (1903) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Thick, dark black with a small, brown head. Aromas of alcohol and other sweetness, must be the milk sugar . . . hmmmm. Okay, now that I am tasting it is pretty sour. Amidst the tangy atmosphere one notes darkly roasted chocoloate covered coffee beans. Pretty thin for a stout. Maybe this is why Susie was retired.