JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2007
12oz bottle from Jake65 - thanks! Nice inky black stout with a sweet roasty aroma. Very drinkable, not excessive mouthfeel. The dominant presence is chocolate smoothness, but as it warms there’s a touch of bitter roastage. Very fine stout. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 24, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of Schutzenliesel. Thanks, Tom! Pours a dark black center with a reddish tinge; light tan head. Pleasant cocoa and milk chocolate aroma. Full, chewy cocoa mouthfeel: dark chocolate, roasted malts, plenty of smoke; vanilla and light bitterness. Medium, burnt malt and milk chocolate finish. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Pours brown with a thin tan head and great lacing. Smells of roses, pepper, spices and earthy hops. Tastes of sweet malt, chocolate and raisins. JK (6342) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2007
This has a light coffee aroma. Simple, straightforward malt flavor, only a little roasted taste and very light chocolate-coffee. badgerben (5379) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Pitch black color with a medium head. A pretty strong roasted malt aroma with a little nuttiness. Big, thick, roasted malt flavor. Nothing crazy, nothing subtle. Just a solidly bitter malt taste with a little chocolate on the end. Nice.
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Pours a jet black with a tiny tan head. Nice smokey nutty aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate. Medium carbonation with a nice toasty smokiness. Light chocolate flavor accented by a nice citrus hop touch that finishes unbelievably. buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Thanks to BuckeyeBoy for trading this one to me. Black with a average tan head. Big roasted nut, chocolate, and coffee aroma. Flavor is light smoke, huge roasted nutty, coffee, and chocolate. Has a mild dry finish. Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 Bottle. Thick and dark with a small brown head with lots of lacing. Has no sweetness, some nuts and lots of roast and chocolate. Has hints of smoke in it as well. Big thick mouthfeel that goes down really smooth. It’s hard to find anything I don’t like about this beer. Loads of flavor. A quality stout if I’ve ever had one. Very satisfying.
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bottle and Tap - various locations in OR.
POurs black with a brown espresso like head, it’s opaque and oily looking. Delicious, rich, smoky/toasty flavors. Chocolate flavors follow and round out a superbly smooth brew. Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle (Sydney Summer Gathering 2007): A solid performer. Thick opaque black with a menacing tan head. THere’s no mistaking where this is headed, or is there? In the nose, slightly salty, roasty aromas over a base of chalk. Possibly a touch thin. Thankfully, it was just a case of the liquid not wanting to give up its essence. In the mouth lots of roasted grains swirl around creamy chocolate. There’s not really a lot of complexity here, but there’s a hell of a lot of flavour. Tasty.