TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Beer pours opaque with a retained dark tan colored head. Aroma is very roasty/nutty with coffee and hops. Flavor is cold coffee and tons of roasted flavors, some smoke and more coffee. Palate is very smooth. No rough edges. Very easy to drink, flavorful beverage. zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Pours black, with a small brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, coffee, with some chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is a little sour, with roasted malt, coffee, and some red wine. It ends a bit sour and bitter. CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
(Bottle) Medium, creamy brown head and opaque body. Head dissipates quickly. Nice viscosity. Nose is tart, red wine. Chalky coffee. Gritty, cocoa, roasted malt and coffee. ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2005
Wonderful, rich, sweet, chocolatety, hoppy aroma. Completely opaque body, light brown head that is mostly diminishing. Very nice sporadic lace. This is a very good beer. A wave of dark chocolate rushes to the back of the tongue. This is one of the better stouts I have had. A few more % of alcohol and this would be awesome. Exceptionally well made. Thanks, Slikwily! SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
On tap at the brewpub. Nice opaque hue. An extremely drinkable and balanced stout with a smooth mouthfeel. Mild roasted, coffee, and chocolate flavors. A quality stout you could actually session.
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Purs very dark brown with a light deep tan head that disapears rapidly. Smells of smoke and roasted coffee and a slight astringent alcohol smell as well. Almost no lacing is left behind on the glass. Slightly bitter in taste but sweetens out towards the end leaving a very nice aftertaste. Coffee taste is very prevelant, leaves a slight warming sensation in the belly. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
A nice rich stout. Black with a dark brown creamy head. Nice chocolate malts with hints of smoke and coffee. Flavour is full, rich creamy, with nice cocoa flavouring. Ends nice and dry. A nice stout. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Limited release 2004-2005 bottle. Poured a very dark black with an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. Smoke in the aroma as well. Starts of lightly sweet and ends in a moderate bitter, dry finish. Reid (2626) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2005 Reviewing the 2004-2005 release.
Very attractive beer in appearance, pitch black with a nice sized tan head..that fades fast, but theres always a thick lace on top.
Very nice roasty/chocolaty aroma. fresh.
Taste is quite sweet to start, then the roasty/dark coffee aspects come in to play, smooth finish, then some bitter after taste.I get some rather faint smokey hints in this beer.
good mouthfeel, quite smooth and delightful.
A good stout ,very drinkable and not too heavy.
frylock (1144) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2005
Opaque black color with a dense kahki colored head. Roasty aroma with some plum and coffee. Lots of dry roasted barley flavor, very light sweetness and a light mint note. Some cocoa in the finish. Pretty nice stuff.