ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2006
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering ’06. Bottle. Bourbon notes in the nose, which is somewhat faint. Opaque body with a small, light tan head. Excellent lace. Excellent brew! I love it. Rich, high alcohol. I’ve waited some time to get my lips on this one and it was well worth the wait. Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - APR 15, 2006
Inpenetrable blackness with a strong tan head. Deep chocolate aromas, with fruity, winy notes. A roasty, sharp expresso bitterness comes first and is joined by intense dark malts. Fruit and licorice join together and lead into a long dry, winy finish. A chocolate aftertaste lingers along with some tangy hops. Great with dessert. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2006
03-04 bottle from BBB63. Pours like the color of used motor oil, and almost as thick. A smallish brown head formed on top. I blinked, so I almost missed it. Wonderful aroma of anise, dark chocolate covered caramels, smoke, some tobacco, dried fruit, and alcohol. Gourmet hot chocolate, mildly abrasive carbonation, hint of oxidation, Hearty alcohol presents. Flows in waves over the tongue. Spectacular. Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2006
Pours black. strong aroma of chocolate, malt, some alcohol. flavor the same with some coffee. chocolate after taste very good. very nice brew. webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 4, 2006
Pours a thick as a peat bog and black as midnight. Light orangey-brown head. Heavy scents of oatmeal and malt. Some coffee and roast flavors throughout. Definitely a burn on the way down with slight bitterness. A little oak onthe nose. Slightly creamy, lighter, like lowfat milk, on the tongue. (Bottle pour 4/4/2006)
Lowe1983 (1656) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
Pours a dark black color with a thick dark brown head. Aroma is of sweet dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and alcohol. Huge chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee, roasted and sweet malts. Finishes with a little alcohol warming. Very thick on the palate. I was very impressed with this brew. SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Black with brown hued edges. Modest, frothy, light brown head. Nose of big time dark chocolate and licorice, roasty, burnt malt, and subtle coffee. Same flavor. Huge roasty chocoffee, with heavy accents on the dark chocolate and licorice. Full, rich, balanced body. I was staring at my glass in admiration of this stout, when my shirt sensed the level of admiration, it struck at the chords of karma itself, causing me to share an ounce or two of this precious brew with my shirt. We’ll see how my shirt fares against shout-the-stain-getter and gain laundry detergent. Great stout. We will meet again.... Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Had one last night out of my Brooklyn snifter. Everything here is perfect. The fluffy and fleeting head, the light obsorbing color, the rich and hoppy nose. Just a delight to drink. Complex aromas of bomber jacket, wet earth, and cocoa blend into a rich chocolaty mouthful that seems to be light on it’s feet for such a heavy beer. This is a what you should have with dessert, no port, no late-harvest riesling, no ice-wine. Do yourself a favour and have this instead of the milk with that next batch of brownies. fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2006
This offering from Brooklyn pours a onyx black with a cascading body that leaves a thick brown head that stays with the beer. The nose is so complex (alcohal, chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, cool whip-mashmallow) a very sweet pleasing nose. The taste is fantastic starts with a espresso hop bitterness that is smoothed by a sweet syrup dark chocolate feel. The body is surprisingly light and drinkable but don’t let that fool you cause this high ABV hits you and warms you up. Love this beer one that I come back to every winter.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Overrated. Not enough malt flavor. No complexity except for some unpleasant sourness that isn’t supported bythe malt.