stankenk (130) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Pours a deep dark brown. The nose was a strong coffee malt with some chocolate, & vanilla undertones. It comes across the palate as creamy with the taste of chocolate and then a strong coffee to follow. timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
this big stout does is sweet and smooth without many of the problems associated with big beers. nice rich aroma and clean sweet malty roasty smooth flavor. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 18, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of MatSciGuy - thanks! Pours black - pitch black. Dark greyish tan head. Aroma is malt, coffee, hot chocolate, and molasses. Flavor is lighter than expected, and lighter than DH Stout ’One.’ Sweet, milky and smoky. BVery (10617) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 TAP: at the Happy Gnome (St. Paul, MN) on 1.17.09. Dark, somewhat creamy, roasty, and dark chocolate smell but muted. Initial flavor is muted, but then the chocolate flavor comes on, followed by coffee. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2009
(bottle) Pours black with a thin dark tan head. Aroma is very complex right from the start, with scents of smoke, coffee, vanilla, beef jerky, cherry skin, light soy, and considerable roasted malt that really comes together to form a pleasant scent. The great complexity displayed by the aroma does not quite carry over into the taste, but it’s still nice enough. There’s a unique competition between the low-key sweetness of the milk sugar, and the strong roasted/smoky characters of the malt. The roasted character wins out in the end and produces a green snap pea pod flavor towards the finish with a hint of graham cracker showing up later on. Another well brewed stout from Dark Horse.
tmoreau (4449) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2009
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, Il. Shaker served. Black/brown with a foamy, dark tan head, and thick, clingy lace. Aroma of dark, roasted coffee, a touch of sweetness, smoke, and wood. Flavor has a more intense note of smoke and char, with coffee and dark cocoa following. Would have liked a little more bitterness in the finish. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2009
This one pours about as dark as a beer can get. Black. The aroma has some roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate. At first the roasted malt is about all I taste but I start to pick up more and more sweetness from the milk sugar as this one warms. Mouthfeel is creamy. Not very carbonated at this point. General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 12 ounce bottle. Poured a jet black color with a very small tan head that disappeared quickly. It also had almost no carbonation. The initial aroma was very nice with a lot of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. It reminded me of an oatmeal stout. However as this beer sat it lost a lot of its aromas. After a while it only smelled like faint roasted malts. The taste consisted of a lot of bitter chocolate and coffee with roasted malts in the background. Finished a bit bitter. It had a medium bodied mouthfeel and felt creamy. I would have rated this a lot higher if it hadn’t lost some of the aromas and tastes as it sat. It was a good beer though. timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Nearly black pour with a light brown head. Nice roasty aromas, small amount of milk chocolate. Full bodied smooth mouthfeel, nearly creamy. Heavy roasted malt and coffee but balanced with a bit of chocolate milk. Finishes with just a hint of bitterness. I thought this was excellent, but I seem to like many brews I’ve had of this style. This like the other top of the style really balance out the sweetness, which makes them have a nice amount of complexity. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2008
12 oz bottle. Black with a very small tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and lots of roasted malts. Flavor, chocolate, some coffee, some bittersweet notes, extra roasty malts and a smooth creamy mouthfeel. Decent stout that did little for me.