Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Pretty good sweet stout, wasn’t as sweet as an oatmeal... but it was pretty decent. Very strong espresso, with notes of butterscotch, toffee, hops. Nice thick body, and filling. FROTHINGSLOSH (7670) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2014 This was the first craft beer I ever tried - years before I started to get into beer. In honesty I ordered it at random only because I liked the name. I barely remember the taste from back then but something stuck. I still have a nostalgic feel to this beer. +++Sampled form a 22 oz bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a huge soapy brown head that lingered and left good lacing. . One is immediately hit with a strong floral hop aroma with a bitter, dry roasty presence and moderate black coffee and cocoa. The flavor is rich with bakers chocolate, black coffee and floral hops. Long bitter, dry and roasty finish with lingering floral hops and coffee. Moderately full bodied. Very solid. Jayb0 (1194) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2004
So it’s always odd to find a beer that you’re supposed to love, it’s a style you love, it’s rated highly from a respected brewery, but then, it just doesn’t hit you right. Expectations too high? I don’t know but I found this unbalanced, too bitter, too dry, too thin for a stout. IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Poured onyx black with no traces of red (the darkest beer I’ve poured thus far) with a dark brown head that dissipated to nothing, leaving no lacing. Aroma is strong and hoppy... I smelled it immediately upon opening the bottle, and I was a good foot and a half away from it. There is also some roasted character in the aroma as well. There is a strong flavor of coffee upon the first taste, which soon dissolves into dark chocolate (the chocolate becomes more pronounced as the beer warms). The finish is very bitter, which did not surprise me when I found out that it shares the same IBU’s as Stone IPA. The body is thinner than I expected from the beer, which is its weakest link. Overall very flavorful and complex, but a little too far on the bitter side for my taste. Didn’t quite beat out my soft spot for Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout. FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 4, 2004
Pours with a thick creamy, light chocolate brown head that sits atop an opaque deep brown to black beer. The aroma is slightly acidic in its roastiness, and it has notes of chocolate, espresso, and alcohol. It has a creamy mouthfeel up front, and a sharp acidic roast malt bite in the finish. Espresso dominates over the chocolate, which is the opposite sense I got in the aroma. The dark malt notes of roasted barley, and burnt malt dominates this beer. Not much in the way of hops is noticeable above all of the roast character, but there is a nice hop bite in the finish that is a bit bracing and let you know that this beer is in fact 69 IBUs. A very nice stout that I have always had a soft spot for.
zeppelinsoul (20) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2004
NOW this is a stout. Its at think as chunky soup and blacker than a moonless midnight sky. Its taste provided the inspiration for such literary classics as Romeo and Juiliet, A MIdsummer Nights DReam, and Coriolanus.
IF this Stout can Light Shakespeare’s fire, it can surely light this cowboy’s Blaze Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Poured damn near black with a thick light tan head. The head was dense and creamy but died to a thin layer and then to nothing. Very little lace left on the glass and a large amount of sediment on the bottom of the glass.
Not a lot to the aroma. Perhaps my nostils were fried after inhaling the fine aroma of the Gulden Draak. It sorta smelled like flowers with some light oat notes, subtle toffee and loads of chocolate.
Smooth and silky! Which is something I definately did like. Some maple notes, bitter chocolate, then coffee then spins and goes straight into hop bitterness. Heavy in the mouth but left a lingering after taste like I just took a huge bong hit. Odd. jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Hmm, interesting stout. Pours dark black with a thin brown head. Aroma is coffee and hops, flavor is much the same. Tasty if a bit one dimensional. Quality, as far as light stouts go! Rentalman (103) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Draft) This is one of the best regullar stouts out there. Beautifull dark color nice head (nitro) Deep rich flavor hits of chocolate with some nice roasty flavors rounded out with a tang of hops at the end. a slight bit sweet but Highly drinkable jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2005 The frothy head, like pearly foam upon a nighttime-blackened sea, deceives the mind. As light as frost, unfrozen and undone, the bubbles speak no truth of what’s behind. It’s only when the foam is on the lips the mask is lost; the beer is thick as blood is red, the bubbles are but roving ships—and strongest seas can burst the choicest wood. The coffee flavor sinks in first, and then one tastes the mocha, rich and sweet as gold. And, next: molasses, raisins, then the end, a woe so ill its gloom cannot be told. But wait! and fret you not, my thirsty brother! From whence this came, there comes another!