kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2006
12 oz bottle, via Bück Dich. Pours an opaque black body with a little light passing thru on the edges under a small creamy chocolate brown head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is roasty with some chocolate malt, coffee, light hoppiness, and some dry yeastiness. Lots of roast and burnt malt up front grabs you right away. Notes of coffee, light alcohol, and bitter hops. Finish is bitter and lingers forever. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with fizzy carbonation and a slightly oily texture. Overall, a very full flavored and serious Stout. Pretty nice to find a basic Stout in a brewery’s line-up that is so well done. blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2006
If you like coffee, this is the beer for you. Dark roasted hops and malt in the nose with a burnt coffe flavor. Excellent for those who likes blacker than black stouts. I love this beer. A must have for stout fans. Plums, figs, blackberries, and other dark fruits may sneak up on your tastebuds after a few sips. An excellent beer, I’ll have another please! Ratman197 (15628) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle poured a nearly opaque black with a large lasting brown head. Aromas of rostiness, coffee, milk chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, a bit of roastiness and a hint of coffee with a dry bitter finish. JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Pours a brown/black color. A very good stout with flavors of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and toffee. Medium mouthfeel, and a nice bit of hops. luckygirl (1222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Best by April 29. Bought the 12 oz bottle before then, and it’s been hanging out in the cellar under good conditions. This beer is far more pleasing than it was the first time I tasted it, when it was rife with a nasty plastic/chemical smell that ruined the whole encounter. Glad to see it’s feeling better. :) Beer is an opaque motor-oil brown with a large, frothy, light-brown, mostly lasting head. Attractive arbors of lace on the snifter. Aroma is roasty-creamy with heavy notes of roasted grain, dark chocolate, light note of molasses; Hoppy with a moderate note of resin/pine, moderate spiky herb; Yeasty with a moderate note of dough, trace note of cheese. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter, lightly acidic with a long, moderately bittersweet, light acidic, trace warm finish. The body is full, the texture is creamy and velvety, the carbonation is lively.
TheLeadDog (101) - Kent, Washington, USA - JUN 11, 2006
A great stout! Carmel, Chocolate, Coffee, and Toffee flavors all in that 12oz bottle. Thick long lasting head with good laceing. I’ve said before and I’ll say it again. Does Deschutes brew anything bad? I haven’t found one yet! User37895 (3085) - - JUN 5, 2006
One of the more impressive stouts I’ve had. This one poured dark dark brown-black, no red edges. The mouthfeel was the most impressive part, very smooth and slightly creamy. The aroma was of roasted chocolate with some fruits detectable. The flavor was excellent. A perfect balance of bitterness to go with a semi-sweet roasted chocolate malty base with some sort of dark fruit(s) underneath it all. Man, the hops selection (no idea what it was) was perfect for the style, as was the level of hopping. A two thumbs up on this one! Wish I could come back to this one easily (ie. not through mail orders). BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2006
[Bottle] A great dark black stout with a hardy flavor. The aroma was a deep dark rich coffe and chocolate smell. The flavor was also as good this was one top stout. There was such a deep awesome flavor this is a great beer. A must try for stout lovers. biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12oz bottle. Pours as dark as dark can be, with a thick beige head. Aroma is primed with lots & lots of roasted malt goodness and a trace of chocolate. Flavor is also packed full of the roasted malt, with a little bitter chocolate and some toffee. Very smooth on the tip of the tongue followed by a little bitterness on the back. Very smooth. Very drinkable. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12oz bottle. Thick, dark and opaque. Two fingers of tan beige head. Spotted. Looks good! Initial aroma is anise. Toffee and roasted malts. slight coffee note. Defined coffee and cola notes. Vanilla and raisins. Thick and full bodied. Toasty and malted milk ballls. Thick roasted and delicious. Chilled ,but starting to open up. Cola and bitter. Good and good! Toffee and bitter chocolate. Don’t get me wrong, this is a fantastic stout. Tar and pitch. Damn! I did what I had to do t get this to a 4.0 rating. And it was worth it. So good. so smooth! This is a patened...F’N A. Yeah!