FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2005
Pours opaque black, dark brown head, little to no lingering. Cocoa aroma, also some roasted barley scent detectable. Very cocoa nose, leading into an intermingling of chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The finish is rather roasty, with a tinge of hop bitterness as well. The mouthfeel is that of a lusterous, with a smooth overcoating from the oats. The imparted qualities from the oats also help dampen the astringency created by the synergistic chocolate and roast barley flavors. Commodore (112) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 17, 2005
Bottle at APK. Poured a thick oily black with little and fleeting mocha head. Armoma of chocolate. Tasted like dark chocolate and molasses, but not regular dark chocolate, I mean the 85% cocoa stuff that isn’t safe for your dog to eat! Nah, I’m kidding, but it was chocolatey and bitter. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - APR 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours thick and black with a huge, frothy chocolaty head. Aroma is mostly chocolate, mostly. Taste is very stout like with an understated chocolate flavor. Tastes just like a mild stout mixed with Nestlé’s unsweetened chocolate from a can. mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 13, 2005
Pours a solid black stout color. Head is quite dark as well. Smooth milky/creamy aroma. Sweet chocolate and malts. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Lots of roasted coffee bitterness. Mild chocolate flavor. Very tasty. valejo (81) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 12, 2005
Big ol’ head with great lacing. Taste is very malty and carmely. The smell and aftertaste is surprisingly hoppy.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2005
Pours thick and black. Aroma is of chicory, hops and roasted and chocolate malts. Tastes lighter and hoppier than expected. Good bitterness. Coffee, oats and roasted and chocolate malts come through in flavor. Body is a little thinner on palate than expected, but solid hops presence compensates. High in carbonation. Dark chocolate accents help to balance bitterness. One of the best bitter-edged stouts I’ve had in awhile. Seems to be a less aggressive version of their Imperial Stout. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2005
On tap, Crescent Moon Ale House, Omaha. Aroma: bready smell reminiscent of brown sugar used in baking cookies; yeast; cold butter; lemon cream pie sweetness. Great smell. Appearance: black, brown-tan head that has OK retention, good lacing and noticable sub-surface "racing." Flavor was of burnt sugar, burnt roast bitterness emerging in the finish, which was nicely long. NIce level of sweetness and a creamy/buttery mouthfeel. Not enough body though, and too fizzy; it wasn’t "stout" enough, more like a porter with a stout level of flavor. Overall: very enjoyable. doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2005
Great aroma with a dark delicious appearence. Unfortunatly the taste is slightly inadequatel to the great aroma it offers. Great Choclate taste! John Maeir has out done himself with this dark ale! Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2005
Nearly opaque very dark brown with a large diminishing frothy brown head. Great aroma of chocolate (no surprise there), malted milk balls, vanilla, roast, coffee, caramel, and a hint of plum. Medium watery body with lively carbonation. Flavor of roast, chocolate, malted milk balls, coffee, vanilla and a hint of caramel. The flavor is a little confused, and slightly harsh. Also a little too thin bodied for my tastes. Good. kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2005
black with a thin tan head. smells heavily of dark chocolate and coffee. taste is coffee at first then gives way to the dark chocolate. mouth feel is creamy at first then dry. has a slight bitterness.