hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Thanks Tom, for bringing and sharing this one! Great pine and chocolate aroma with tons of roasted coffee. Black with a bit of dark brown around the edges and a light tan head. Sweet chocolate flavor with coffe (a light roast) and some oatmeal in the finish. Creamy texture, nice body for a stout. A really good stout. Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - MAR 29, 2006
UPDATED: APR 2, 2006 HUGE thanks to CaptainCougar for sharing this one with us. Who does that? TOM DOES THAT! We are talking pitch black, medium brown head. The aroma strikes you, like a bowl of oatmeal covered in hersheys syrup, only instead of hersheys, GOOD chocolate! A fine brew... I’d like a little more punch to it. Sure theres oatmeal and coffee, and its well blended, but to be honest, the ratings and hype made me expect something huge. This was well balanced and well brewed. Kudos. bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2006
Glorious stuff. There’s not too much better than a well made stout IMHO. If all days started with this for breakfast then I sure as hell wouldn’t get much done all day. Lots of the usual coffee in the aroma, the essential in all great breakfasts, along with some burnt grain. Good flavour with some lovely deep bitterness and a touch of salt. I’d love to give this a run as the first or second of a session, rather than number 22. Cheers to Duff for lugging this down under. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottle, extra special thanks to CaptainCougar! Poured a very deep, opaque brown with a well-retained cap of caramel head. Nose was everything a guy can hope for in a sweet stout!... sweet milk chocolate, freshly mulled oats, and a saliva-inducing coffee blend. Flavors were of fresh, medium roast coffee (hints of sour citrus from the blend, perhaps?), milk chocolate, and flaked oats. Exceptionally smooth body with a low level of bitterness surrounding the tongue and pleasant citrus highlights. Finish was long and elegant, full of coffee, oats, and chocolate. Wow! StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Opaque and pouring to a moderate viscosity, with a tan hair wisp head and some bubbly, beady lace. Dark roasted aroma reveals some alcohol within. Espresso drips onto a dark chocolate tort graced with black currant. Bitter aromatic edge imparting the breakfast quotient of its namesake is unmistakable. Full, bitter and breakfast flavor force leaves little to be desired. Lick the coffee grinds off the countertop, Joel. Vibrant dark chocolate and a double concoction of a super-charged tiramisu. Heavy force on the palate produces enough love to be considered a morning romance and get me out the door in the morning with an endless smile across my face. Burnt oatmeal and broiled milk chocolate, left together and untended for two minutes too long, and there’s no shying away from the flame. Very tasty take leaves us with damnable, double dark chocolate and greasy mouthfuls of espresso. It’d be all too easy to forget the food pyramid if I could start every day like this. Lord, bless CaptainCougar for sharing this with us!
1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2006
The aroma is coffee, oatmeal, delicately balanced. The beer pours to a very dark brown body. The flavor is very good. Coffee, chocolate, oatmeal. Really well made and balanced. The palate is medium-full bodied, chewy, silken. GREAT. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2010 RATING # 1000 thanks to Tom for sharing.
Jet black pour w/ a thick tan head and some great lacing. Aroma is simply delicious! Hugely roasted, coffee & chocolate notes sweet w/ a tiny hint of hop. Full palate coats well and nicely creamy. Flavor is roast grains and malt nice touches of coffee & chocolate a dry touch of bitterness. This is some damn good stuff.
ReRate on tap: has become way to bitter and 1 dimensional w/ a weaker pal. No longer a great beer. From 10-5-8-4-17 to:
9-5-6-3-13 ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2006
50 cl bottle. Served in Nørrebro Bryghus ale glass. Black w/ limited tan head. The aroma is impressively roasted, coffeeish, chocolatey and made seriously impressive by an assertive citrus hop presence. Stunning. The flavor is extremely coffeeish, powerfully bitter, well-hopped, chocolatey, very complex, and yet perfectly harmonic. Long, long, bitter finish. Very smooth, pleasant mouthfeel. Good drinkability. A truly impressive stout. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Pours a jet black color with a ring of light brown lace. Excellent and complex aroma of coacoa, coffee, roasted malt and citrusy hops. Again the words excellent and complex have to be used to describe the flavor, coacoa, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and citrusy hops work well to provide a blend I wouldn’t mind having every morning for the rest of my life, the flavor finishes bitter. The body is full with an adequate dry texture and moderate carbonation. This is probably the best stout (not imperial) that I ever had, it’s so rich and complex. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Amped-up oatmeal offers aromas of thick chocolate and coffee with a huge orange-citrus and resiny pine hop profile and some light hints of alcohol. Opaque dark brown body is topped by a low, fine bubbled, tan head that recedes to a lasting cover. Everpresent chocolate, coffee and orange flavours blend wonderfully in the build-up towards a very assertive bitterness. Full bodied mouthfeel never feels heavy. Rich, thick, luxurious texture with moderate carbonation. Each new sip leaves me wanting more. I wish that I had the luxury of sipping on a bottle or two of this for an evening. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy.