tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottle at stevo’s. Pours ruby black with tan head. The aroma is espresso with a touch of raspberry and dark chocolate. The flavor is surprisingly dry, with charcoal and fireplace smoke mixed with those other typical stout tastes. Pretty good stuff. gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy mgumby10. Pours a pitch black color, with a thin white head, and some nice lacing on the glass. Pure chocolate aromas, with a pure, driven maltiness. Some coffee in there, too, but masked by chocolate. Sweet flavors of rich chocolate, and a nice vanilla flavor that’s prevalent throughout. Roasted finish. Easy to drink, medium-bodied. Balanced, albeit with a malty edge to it. anders37 (27635) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2008
Draught @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted malty bitter chocolate and coffee flavor with some hints of licorice. Also some hoppy hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish with some hints of bitterness in the aftertaste. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2009
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a creamy tan head and lacy sheeting. Nose is dusty chocolate and grape. Almost full body; silky smooth with a tang. Taste is chocolate cake, espresso, caramel, dark fruits and black olive. Finishes dry and grassy. Delicious. mar (5457) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2009
bottle thanks to hannont. pitch black pour with a 1 finger espresso head. nose of deep roasted malts and big notes of chocolate aong with some oatmeal in the back.. nice thickness and a smooth flavor of roasted malts with some chocolate and dark fruit in the finish.
douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2009
22 ounce bottle thanks to the Boise guys, I’ve wanted this for some time. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a large white head. The aroma is sweet chocolates, roasted malts, cocoa. A rich milky chocolate flavor, roasted malts, light fruit, very quaffable. A great creamy mouthfeel. Very nice. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2011 Medium coffee aroma, though it seems trapped. Black, creamy tan head, thick lacing. Strong roasty creamy body, weighted and great all around. Wonderfully balanced. Suh-weet. 030711 Warming aroma of dusty dark roasted malts and mild coffee. In spite of the flavors being bold (strong roast, creamy body, heavy weight) it finishes light and soft. MeadMe (1694) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Thanks to SeaBass for this one.
A: Pours a deep dark black small khaki head. Light retention and lace.
S: Mildly roasty. Notes of coffee and chocolate.
T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and bitter coffee. Simple but everything comes together nicely. Not usually a big fan of the style, but this one is very well done.
M: Medium in body, smooth, light bitter finish.
D: Drinkable, tasty, approachable stout. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
Pours a deep dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate, espresso, and a scattering of hops. Flavor is bold bitter roast malts with a smooth chocolate like finish.
JAXSON (611) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2010
From a bottle, pours black with a tight, creamy cappuccino head. Really nice legs on this one. Big, expressive nose, full of dark fruits, smokey roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a nice rich coffee bean presence. Surprisingly dry in the mouth, with the dominant flavor being rich, dry, just slightly bitter coffee beans. Chocolate is completely unsweetened but not bitter. Strange mouth feel, the thing is big but it really dries up and thins out a bit on the back palate. Finish is odd and almost like seltzer water. This is a strange dichotomy, some wonderful rich, dry qualities, but this completely flat, thin finish. But as a "foreign stout" the dry, relatively light body works well.