bhensonb (15973) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 1, 2009
Pours opaque brn/blk with a slight tan head. Aromas of dark bitter chocolate, toasted malt, and perhaps vanilla. Near full in body with rather creamy carbonation. Flavor is strong toast malt, chocolate, and probably smoke. Finishes dry, chocolatey and a touch ashy. Over all pretty good stuff. Lots of flavor. hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 From a 22 oz bottle purchased at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, this poured a very opaque black with a fat tan head and very robust lacing in the glass. The nose greets you with aromas of burnt malts with some chocolate and just a tiny bit of coffee. Medium body and mouthfeel and quite smooth. Flavor is more chocolate than anything with a hint of smoke. Dry bitter finish. A very nice sweet stout that is eminently drinkable.
This a 2012 update. This one was a bit of a gusher but as before was very tasty. No change in score but just as good as the first time. Aquilo (659) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
This is a nice one. Black with a tan head. Aromas of rich chocolate, malt, and a splash of black coffee. Flavor is a bit thin after the rich aroma, but is still quite tasty. Very bitter, with the coffee coming through in the finish. Not much sweetness, even though it’s supposed to be a sweet stout. Either they didn’t use much oatmeal, or something. Palate is a bit on the thin side. I bet this tastes great on tap. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
651mL thanks to ygtbsm94. Great head formation- thick tan lace with amazing retention atop clear, deep cola. Amaretto nose with toasted pecans. Taste is hoppy and bitter with oily chocolate. Not bad at all. Mild lactose finish with muted ash and milk chocolate. Mild cocoa. I liked this one even though it’s a bit oily. Braudog (6902) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Draft 1/2 pint at the brewery’s tasting room. Dark black with a nice creamy tan head. Creamy consistency to the drink, too. Almost bittersweet chocolatey, you could use this in lieu of baking chocolate. Nice. (#3590, June 2009)
DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 17, 2009
22 ounce bottle purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Davis, CA. Aroma has some burnt roastiness with hints of sweet sugar and anise. Pretty interesting aroma. Mostly opaque dark brown body with a large, dark tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Starts with a little coffee flavoring with a touch of sweetness. Pretty carbonated. Finishes with a burnt, roasted, bitter chalky flavor and mouthfeel. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2009
Cask Stillage from the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009
Hoppy aroma. Beige head. Black and smooth on the palate with some alcohol present. A little dryness and bitterness in a crisp roast finish. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Black, large pillowy light brown head, clumpy lacing.   Sweet roasted malts on the nose, lactose, oatmeal, a little chocolate.   Sweet malts on the tongue, very little hop bitterness.   Goes down easy, isn’t too heavy.   Sweet to start, has a bit of dry chalkiness on the backside.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Somewhat drops off quickly, but remains clean.   Decent little oatmeal stout.   Could use a little more umph tho. hopscotch (11441) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle… Pours clear and very dark. Sits black with a mid-size, creamy, beige head. Great retention. The bouquet is of milk chocolate and toasted nuts. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with tingly carbonation. Heavy notes of unsweetened, burnt espresso in the flavor – lesser note of cocoa. Lengthy, charred, medium bitter finish that leaves my tongue novocain numb. Bottle courtesy of giarcsr. Thanks ryan! nimbleprop (8935) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2010
22oz bottle at the DC local tasting. Pours an opaque black with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet, sticky chocolate, caramel. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, oats, nuts, toast. Smooth, silky finish.