csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 1, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2007 This is a beer that I had wanted for a while and was delighted to find it in Chicago, and it was cheap! 625ml bottle. Served in an imperial pint glass at 63°. Black color with a small khaki head. Lots of foam dots and plenty of lacing. Just tought about it, but this is my first beer of 2006, last night was celebrated with ice cider and wine, but this is beer #1. The aroma is roasy malt, coffee, with some bright citrus and dark fruits in the background. The initial taste is roasty and mildly sour with some bitterweet chocolate. The citrusy hops and dark fruit mingle with the roastiness next and the finish is moderately bitter and fruity. The mouthfeel is nice and not overly thick. This is very flavorful, but easy drinking, the 8% could certainly sneak up on you... RERATE This is not a 3.8 beer, it is 4.0. I love it everytime I have it. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2006
great stout! wonderful chocolately aroma, full of cream, coffee, nuts, vanilla, and oak....flavor of chocolate, coffee, and caramel...very roasted, and reminds me of a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout....nice palate, and a very good beer MattShizzle (618) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Wow! This is great! Doesn’t taste nearly as strong as it actually is, but is very rich. Great malty and roasty flavor. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Dark red-brown, nearly black. Nice rocky tan head. Aromas of sweet dark fruit, particularly prunes and raisins, chocolate, french-roast coffee beans, burnt straw, peat, toasted malt, alcohol, and bready yeast. Flavor was big, darkly roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, espresso, yeast and a big dose of hop bitterness. Aftertaste of burnt malt and lingering hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick, viscuous and chewy. Suprisingly good. norushjohnnie (19) - Sister Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Damn was this good. Sampled it on Christmas Eve with my father and uncle. Dark dark dark (good sign for a stout) with wonderful nose. The flavor is slightly fruity but mainly caramel/chocolate. The aftertaste tasted a little of alcohol, a nice reminder of how strong the stuff is. One nice stout.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2006muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle from the <a
target=blank>LCBO</a> in Peterborough. Deep black in colour with a dissipating tan coloured head, some lace, thin looking. The aroma was deeply roasty, some coffee beans, butter and cream. The flavour was also quite roasty, dark malts, espresso, dark chocolate and lots of coffee. Bittersweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes with a long lingering roasty bitterness. Nice.
330 ml bottle, from Cellars in Minnetonka, MN (Dec 2005). No date but looks to be fairly fresh. Very dense, dark, small lasting spot of head atop a viscous motor oil body....huge roastiness, prunes, lots of dark bitter chocolaty goodness erupt in the strong nose, which does soften a bit as it warms, not losing character but exchanging the harshness for soft sherry/port qualities and a notch sweeter cocoa....wonderfully smooth, velvety body enhance by slightly oily liquor feel, light carbonation....massive roast is the strongest characteristic on the delighted tongue, bitter pure chocolate and a hint of bourbon-vanilla, slight touches of bitter herbs and the barest milkiness...as good as I had hoped for, and this one I’ve been wanting to try for years. The finishing bitterness just doesn’t let go. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark with a nice thick head. If someone asked me what kind of stout this was I would have said smoked. The flavors are dominated by charcoal and charred wood. It did not seem very complex but was definatly tasty and unexpected. garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
From a 625 ml bottle purchased for $2.99 at "Keller’s IGA" in Cin., Ohio - This one poured a midnight black with a tall, fine-bubbled, thick tan head of foam and coffee-molassess-alcohol aroma. Tastewise, it’s a wonderful stout, with a DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2005
spicey, bitter coffee-cum-cocoa richness and a full, lasting palate. It’s just plain GOOD!
To me this is what a stout should go along the lines of, now i know i havnt tried a vast amount of them due to where i live. Aroma is a nice balance of coffee bitterness with some fruit and nut milk chocolateness. Taste is also great with the alcohol making a good show of warmingness, not in taste thankfully. Excellent beer that i would love to try again.