Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Bottled Jan. 30, 08 so this should be very fresh... Not quite black but let’s say a very very dark brown.... Smells a lot like a very dark coffee with chocolate and and maybe some vanilla notes thrown in as well... Wow, this is a deliciously creamy brew....it pours much thinner than it feels, I can say that.. Awesome taste of coffee and chocolate and smokiness....simply delightful...seriously, if I could get this where I lived, it would be my go to winter brew... Just amazing... tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2005
12 oz bottle: my new favorite local stout. the appearance is black with a light tan head. the aroma is mostly roasty and of coffee with notes of ctirus hops and carmel. some up front bitterness with a wonderful coffee backbone. fairly dry finish. hintes of carmel chocolate and citrus...i love this stout. NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2007
The aroma was roasty with a strong espresso coffee presence and a prominent toasty component. Some grassy hop notes were present as was some chocolate, but coffee ruled the day and brought with it some smoke! The beer poured into the glass pitch black with a tannish fleeting head which did lace a bit. The flavor was roasty and smoky and had some caramel maltiness but mostly roast, chocolate, toast and smoke comprised the majority of the flavor. The bittering level was substantial and in conjunction with the roasted barley kept the malt in check. The body was medium or a smidge above and the moderate level of carbonation did lead to a creaminess in the mouthfeel. The finish was bone dry with long lasting roast, smoke and coffee impressions long into the aftertaste and beyond. A really great stout, even after a few years! 12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 11/02/05. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle. Picked up as an extra in a trade. Pours a dark black body with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and sweet malt. No real hops or etoh coming through here and very drinkable. I’d drink it again. brownaler (675) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2004
A really nice Stout for CBC. Good balance of cream and roasted malt. A little acidic though, like most of their beers.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 5, 2005
They’re calling this the Winter Stout, now, but it’s the same recipe. Had it on tap at Brixx in Durham. Head had dissipated when the pint got to me. Almost opaque black. Smells of coffee and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is very full and thick. Flavors of coffee, a little bitter chocolate, smoky roasted malts, and a slight hop bitterness at the end. I was very impressed with it. FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 On tap at Porters. Bartender used a FROZEN glass when I wasn’t looking, irritating me to no end. I’ll no doubt be re rating this another time when I don’t have to warm it with my hands. Aroma was virtually non existant, probably due to cold glass. Did get some fruit, malt, light chocolate. Mouth feel was on the watery side. Poured black with no head (again probably due to the temp). Flavor was mostly dominated by baking chocolate, but not overpowering, like an oatmeat stout or porter. Finished extremely clean. Hopefully I’ll be able to do this one justice in the future. **Take two: On tap at Mitch’s, much better. Looks like it is on the thin side, but very smooth and nutty. Head dies pretty well, even in small pitcher glasses: a nice thick tan. Defiantly better than first experienced. Great winter beer to share a pitcher with friends. DocLock (10725) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Another nice stout from CBC. This one wasn’t quite as dark black as the CBC Impy stout, had less intense flavors, and was a tad drier. The chocoff was there in aroma and taste, as was a fairly dense palate and solid complexity. The bartender was a bit confused about this versus the CBC groundhog stout. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
12oz bottle bottled on 11/22/05 via trade with jonathan3584 - Thanks Jonathan! - pours black with ruby highlights and a nice creamy mocha head that stays well and laces down the sides of the english pint. Aroma is big coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor is mostly coffee, some roasted malts and a somewhat earthy note. A bit of that chocolate comes through though. Palate is smooth and creamy with a very dry finish. Nice and roasty. Just the way a dry stout should be. Tasty! surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2007
Pours very dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice bubbly tan head which recedes but retains well and leaves slight lacing. The aroma is very much of bitter dark chocolate, with some coffee/expresso notes, much like a black velvet cake dessert (with coffee of course!). Flavor is dry, roasted malts with plenty of coffee character and bittersweet chocolate, especially in the lasting finish. Medium-light-bodied, moderate carbonation, with a nice creamy mouthfeel - smooth. This is a well-done dry stout. It’s also held up really well in the 18 months since it was bottled.