Reid (2527) - 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 (1135) - 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. oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Pours black with a very thin brown head. Has a very nice roasted malt aroma and flavors of malt, chocolate, and coffee. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2005
2004 black with a tall tan head. Lots of roasty mocha aroma. Taste starts with a sweet chocolate character, finishing with a big coffee finish, very rich and roasty with a nice even bitterness. This is a very smooth stout with a good thickness to it. leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Black color with a brownish hue and no head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Dry with a strong coffee flavor and hints of chocolate and smoke. Simply a very nice stout.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Way black color with a big roasty chocolate and coffee aroma. Pours with hardly and head or lacing at all. Taste is smooth with a full bodied flavor. Drt, sweet, roasty & rich. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
jet black (no shock here). dry and a bit more hoppy than most stouts, w/ hints of chocolate. Tasty. thx batkins Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
thanks to enniskillen for sharing this one.nice chocolate aroma with a black body.has a bit of a chocolate head but not much.the flavor is very nice and has alot of the characteristics i look for in a stout.malts,hops,coffe,and smoke.very good common stout. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Heavy coffee aroma, espresso, bittersweet chocolate, smoke. Body is opaque, thin tan head. A little thinner then I expected. Chocolate, espresso and bacon is the taste. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2004
Portland Holiday Ale Festival 2004. Jet black with a thick dark brown head. Sweet blackstrap molasses aroma, caramel and chocolate with light toastiness and roastiness. Long roasty finish with a creamy mouthfeel. Some hoppiness in the nose and mouth as well.