brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2006
12 oz bottle. Hazy, dirty brown-black color that is a bit oily looking. The aroma has crisp grain mixed with oatmeal, coco, and coffee hints. The flavor could easily be confused with a stout (IMO). Don’t get me wrong, the flavor is lovely, only it’s more like the reminiscence of porter with stout qualities. The grain is there with hints of ash and molasses but right below is the coffee and oatmeal. Interesting and good. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Pours black with a small head. The aroma is nice--chocolate and very light coffee scents. Palate is very full for a porter--more stout-like. Taste is a great balance of chocolate and some bittering hops. Very smooth and easy to drink. jcp23 (55) - Duluth, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2007 Pours almost black with slight ruby shading. Nice 1 inch tan head with good retention and impressive & lasting lacing. Interesting mixture of flavors that start with charred coffee & biting chocolate. Continues to evolve on the palate with flavors of yummy chocolate, roasted malts, & a smokey espresso shot and a bit of tactile oily finish. Medium body with pleasant carbonation. Oatmeal presence adds to the nicely balanced, easy drinking nature of this enjoyable beer. Quite satisfying! kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2006
12 oz bottle via Jimboweed (thanks!). Pours a near black with a small tan head. Smells like a milk stout with notes of lactose, chocolate, and a little coffee. Flavor starts out with the sweet oats/lactose, then some coffee, and ends with a bittersweet roasted cocoa. Medium bodied. Average carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking. Very flavorful. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Bottle courtesy of goldtwins, thanks again Larry! Black oily pour with a somewhat creamy tan head. The aroma is light, but roasty elements are there...some chocolate and a bit of coffee. The flavor is some dark chocolate...some sour coffee and some roasted malts. The body is a tad thin, feels a bit watered down...roasty and bitter with a bit of sourness. Not bad stuff, but nothing that would get me running back.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle. Crisp flavor. A tad watered-down. Sharp, bitter-sweet chocolate predominates. A good beer. Would like a larger alcohol presence. Delirium (670) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 Bottle. Pours black (just barely translucent dark brown if held up to the light), with a thick fluffy brown head. Aroma is roasty, with a bit of chocolate and coffee, noticeable sweetness, a bit of fruit, and something odd I can’t discern. Flavor is both sweet and bitter, with an extreme amount of roasted malt, and a woody finish. Some oatmeal and maybe a bit of chocolate and fruit discernible; the oatmeal contributes especially to the texture. Somewhat astringent finish. Quite good, though heavier on the "porter" and less on the "double chocolate oatmeal" subtitle. A bargain at $6/sixpack, too. 1FastSTi (3361) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2006
2006 bottle via goldtwins. The beer pours to a really dark yet transluscent garnet body with a creamy but quickly disapating brown head. The aroma is a deep chocolate and sweetened condensed milk dessert brownie. Hints of baked oatmeal crumble. Light vanilla and dry black patent. The flavor is very dessert like. Chocolate sugar, heavily roasted black malt. And like matta expressed, there’s hints of a cigar hiding. I’m thinking Montecristo Afrique. Also, latent baked oatmeal. The palate is nicely bitter (not hoppy bitter) with a carbonation bite and a dry yet creamy feel. matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 Rating # 985
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
Thanks to I would suspect TheBeerCellar2 for sending the brew several months ago… should be in great shape!
Pours a majestic black body with shadowy edges of ruby. The head is a thick finely laced tan, very long lasing!
WOW! The flavor of charred BBQ ash, baker’s chocolate, Cuban espresso, but finishes with some smoke and juicy, spicy maduro cigar oils. The aroma is chocolaty but far more composed… maybe my nose is shot because I just mopped the house… it smells “Fabulaso” in here! –Very surprised by this beer… a really nice creamy palate is a pleasurable kicker!
Pours opaque brown with a thin light brown head the color of brown sugar. Lots of lacing. Smells creamy. Roasted dark malt aromas, sweet and smoky. Hints of mocha.
More mocha in the flavor. Lots of roasted goodness in here. Smoky and bitter coffee. Creamy like a milk stout. Long bitter smokiness in the finish. Kind of light-bodied when you consider the ABV listed. Nice flavorful beer and an easy drinker. Nice surprise.