Oakes (18517) - 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). argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 27, 2006
(12oz bottle) Clear red-black body topped by a small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, roast, some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, roast, some cherry, chocolate, light grape. Syrupy medium-full body. Dogbrick (13547) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2003
This was a pretty good Stout. Pours a dark black/mahogany color with a thick light brown head. Decent lacing. Pleasant coffee dominates the aroma. The flavor is a well-balanced roasty mixture of coffee, malt and caramel. This is right there with Bell's Java Stout in the coffee flavoring, and it is still present in the finish. I liked this, and it is not very expensive either. hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2007 Draft... This beer rocks!... Pitch black brew. I’m in a pub/eatery, so there’s no bright light to which I can hold this beer up and see through... so it’s just black! Small, creamy, deeply- tanned head with tight, thick lacework.
The aroma is of cocoa, vanilla and rich coffee (Jamaican Blue Mountain).
The flavor is of licorice, dark chocolate and espresso up front. Balanced nicely with a grassy and moderately bitter hop presence on the backside.
Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, bone-dry, very lightly pungent and crisp finish with a touch of tin and grass at the very end. World class stout!
DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Bottle from State Line. Had this over Memorial Day with the family. Deep black pour with dark tan head. Aroma of dark malt, chocoff, some licorice, oak, and bourbon. Tastes rich, chocoffy, roasty malty, with some licorice and anise at the finish. Dry finish. Very good beer!
kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Blue Ridge Steeple StoutRadek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 6, 2003
Source: Chevy Chase, DC
black, no head, not much carbonation, rich sweet chocolate aroma, roasted chocolate flavor, roasted aftertaste
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Light slightly sweet stout, softly roasted grains. Medium bodied, dry yes ... Nice chocolate finish... CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a thick light cream-colored head that has some thin lacing. Aroma boasts barrels of sweet caramel malt dripping with milk chocolate and sprinkled with coffee beans. Starts with great malty sweetness and lots of chocolate flavor, turning more dry and roasty toward the finish. Body could be thicker, but that’s about the only thing I can find wrong with this enjoyable brew. Thanks to hopscotch for this! 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2004
Bottle pours a seriously dark ruby, smally frothy tannish head, with fairly decent lacing. Doesn’t seem dark enough for a stout. A dry cocoa aroma invades my nose. Roasted malts, slight milk chocolate, and definately dry. Really dry in fact, quite unsweetened and roasty. Good body, but a slightly thin mouthfeel. Finishes with a slight soy flavor, unsweetened cocoa, and roasted malts. Not as sweet as I prefer, but good anyways.   Thanks goes out to hopscotch for the trade! kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2006
12 oz bottle, via slob. Pours a clear dark black colored body with some chestnut on the edges, under a small fizzy light brown head that receded quickly. Aroma is very roasty, but not burnt, with lots of chocolate, coffee, and licorice. Light notes of rye, and alcohol. Flavor is very roasty again, with no astringency. Coffee, anise, alcohol, and caramel emerge mid swallow and shine in the fiunish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with an oily texture and moderate fizzy carbonation. This was pretty darn good overall, much better than I expected. Basic and straightforward, but solid.