aracauna (3604) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Definitely a foamer. Luckily, I was quick enough to get it to the sink before it spewed everywhere, but that's because I caught it before the lid was fully off. Huge tan head eventually fades completely away. The black body has a bit of a gray cast to it. A bit of the imperial stout fruitiness on the nose over a little chocolate. The flavor and body are thin. Some chocolate, some lingering hop bitterness. Definitely not one of the fuller flavored stouts of this size. michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2003
I was really looking forward to this extra stout on this cold night. Popped the cap and it overflowed all over the kitchen. Now I must say that I didn't chill it, but I was surprised it reacted so violently. In any case the remainder of the brew was nicely aromatic, very dark and powerful. Overcarbonation was the only flaw. Would love to have a nicely conditioned bottle... MaBeer1972 (2057) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 16, 2003
Jet black. Very little head. (Probably not a new bottle). Tastes like a campfire the morning after. Lots going on here... can't taste the 8% at all, but it's sure hitting me now! Another notable brew from Cisco! BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2003
#14 of my Stouts of November: Black hue with a massive off-white head which did produce very good lace once it settled down. Nose of dark bread, molasses, mild coffee, grassy hops, smoke, raisin, and sweaty yeast esters. The taste was that of burnt smoky malt, bittersweet chocolate, raisin tone and yeasty. There is a bitter bite on the finish and light alcoholic presence. The mouthfeel is full and fizzy. Very well put together stout. A lot to like about this beer (once you got past the overcarbonated head). Glad I found it. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Bottle: Is dry an aroma? Not getting much. Some of the choc/coffee. Over carbonation,An unfortunate signature of this brewery,Black/dark red color. Big head. Only half bottle made it in glass and I was pouring slow. Roasted/ burnt malt flavor. Bakers chocolate dark roast coffee. Creamy,dry, kinda thick with roasted malt left on tongue. Man this coulda been a contendah if it wasn't foe a lite nose. Does this explain the extra in the name.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2003
UPDATED: APR 6, 2005 Rerate: yes, the carbonation thins the body, but this is still delectable. Original: Deeply roasted barley, smoky, highly carbonated - yes - and it does get in the way of the flavor a bit. Cool it way way down before serving to try to tame it’s wild ways. It does have a very subtle sweetness - more sugary than raisin. Thin because of the carbonation. I have OldGrowth to thank for one I have wanted for a very long time! Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 19, 2003
The head of this beer is not just thick, it is explosive. When I opened the bottle a river of suds cascaded out before I even had time to pour it into a glass. The foam cascaded over the counter and puddled on the floor, creating a huge mess. The beer itself is dark brown. The nose is roasted malt, espresso and molasses. The taste is roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate, dark fruits and an odd taste that reminded me of Moxie soda pop and sarsparilla. Smooth rich creamy mouthfeel. An excellent brew, but the excessive carbonation knocked the rating down a lot. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2003
When I popped the top off of this beer, it sprayed the ceiling the floor, two sets of cabinets. So I started a little hack off to begin with. After it settled, I is the color of black coffee. Burnt aroma, flavor has alot of coffee and nuts. I really liked the flavor, it reminded me somewhat of Speedway Stout. Finish was slightly bitter. Lower marks in the overall reflect my distain for the mess I had to clean up.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to rate this Mittenstein. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Pitch black with a monsterous head ~ 90% foam which leaves a thin fizzy lace behind. Strong bitter hoppy aroma. Big roasted, almost burnt flavor with some chocolatey nuances and a touch of molasses. Light fizzy mouthfeel. No noticeable alcohol even with the relatively high abv. Good foreign stout, but would have been better with less carbonation and more complexity. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2003
LOTS of foam initially--had to wait for a while before it subsided. First impression is a very malty bitterness. Definitely heavy usage of black and chocolate malts. Leaves a very dry feeling in the palate. Interesting.