HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2004 (Best by Aug 2004) Wow this brew has a big intense coffee aroma that will not die. The head and lacing are text book pretty. The palate lives up to the coffee aroma and delivers a wonderful dry and roasty full bodied cup of Joe, I mean beer. Did I mention that this beer is nice and chocolately. This is a very good middle strength stout. Why didn't I drink more of this on St. Patricks Day? irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2004
A dry stout with a twist-the addition of rye. All in all, a nice dry stout, definately balanced to the roast. My only complaint would be that it is rather thin. Another solid berr from Frederick. guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2004
Very dark brown appearance with a small, fleeting head. Toasty, biscuit-like aroma. Initially sweet with the first sip, but then then the dry, well hopped, roasted malt and coffee flavors develop. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 21, 2003
Black as night with a nice waterfall effect in the dark brown head. Dark roasted aroma with wonderful toasted nuts and dark chocolate. Milky mouthfeel that is very pleasant, bitter-sweet and fully roasted. Nice. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2003
It's all about the roast here, in the aroma and flavor, especially the finish - very much a dry roasted coffee, but I got a sourness at the end that I really really didn't like. Palate seemed very thin.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Black as a coal mine in color.very small tan head that faded quickly but managed to leave a faint lacing behind.Nice roasted malt aroma,Coffee and raisin notes as well as IMo a mildl wine like character but i could just be crazy,in some ways it kind of reminds me of Fish Tales Poseidon.Nice roasty flavor with a medium strenth coffe and chocolate,mild bitterness to it but mainly it has a mild sweet side that seems to be pronounced.the after taste is mild coffe with a mild chocolate or cocoa side.The feel is fairly mellow but there is a slight grit to it on the tongue.All in all this is a fine brew,and a nice trade courtesy of Hopscotch. bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2003
Pours dark black with perhaps a tinge of red with a thick beige head. Good lacing. Aroma has an abundance of coffee, nuts, malt and caramel. The flavor is a good match to the aroma, full of coffee and malt. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 21, 2003
I didn't especially notice the heavy hopping central to the style. Lovely maple/nutty aroma. Dry mocha flavor, somewhat thin mouthfeel. Very opaque midnight color. Thanks to Hopscotch for giving me this to try at the summer gathering. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Dark brown hue with some head and no lacing. Aroma hinted of roasted malts, expresso, bittersweet chocolate, nuts, and wood. Very sweet taste initially, some hop balance toward finish, Dry and chalky mouthfeel and finish. An easy drinking stout. Oakes (18167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2003
Very dark brown; burnt toffee aroma with nuts, toast. Interesting toffee palate; complex maltiness. Low roast factor - a bit porterish (this after an alt that was also porterish...bloody hell).