NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 Roasted coffee smell. Looks fantastic with a full ample head. Best pouring stout I have ever seen from a bottle and equally attractive from nitro. Flavor was roasty/toasty grains, coffee and chocolate with a slightly bitter finish. The more times I have this the more I appreciate it. badgerben (5124) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Black color with a monster tan head. Burnt chocolate aroma. Slight malt taste, but pretty watery. A little bitter. Fair enough, but kind of a disappointment. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
Black Coloring. Big Espresso Head. Good Roasts Here...Sweet.. Coffee. A Little Thin...Bitter at the End... Not a Bad Stout. FROTHINGSLOSH (7697) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2011 I am not a big fan of dry stouts or this brewer in general but this was a pretty darn solid example of the style. +++Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark black color with a mildly creamy medium brown head that lingered. The aroma is chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. The aroma is particularly strong and rather pleasant. The beer is thick and strong in flavor with coffee and bakers chocolate. There is a mild hop bitterness on the finish. The beer also dries out a bit on the finish. Well done. Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
An ebon hue, with crimson shining in through the corners, under a big, towering, thoughquick to crumble, soft brown head, leaving tendrils of lace behind.
Aroma is slightly bitter, slightly sweet, but feels like a coco-cola too much, to me, way too much carbonation. Some cocoa, hints of coffee, soft and smooth.
Brief hops, mild, then smooth malt, slight chocolate, minor espresso-ish tones, just smoothness all along. Cocoa stands on top as a cheif flavor, but the carbonation is still too high for me, and, ultimately, this stout lacks an essential mark of character. It feels too underwhelming, too easy-to-please, too low-expectations,...the carbonation clashes with whatever else the beer was trying to be...it could be smoother, could be stronger, could be bolder...but can’t...too bad...
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Good dark brown color,small dark brown head that faded quickly leaving little behind.The aroma was roasty and nicely malty with a nice coffee tone and some hints of caramel along with maybe just a hint of sweetness.The flavor is malty and mildly chocolatey with a nice hint of coffee and some hops towards the end.Not bad but then again not great.It’s worth a try at any rate though. ClarkVV (6643) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 2004 draught at KBC in Maine. Pours a deep black, with a good off-white head. Aroma of oily chocolate, hints of hops and a decent roast. Pretty decent for a dry stout, which dont normally produce much of an aroma. Flavor is heavily roasty/chocolatey and reminds me much of guiness. Very smooth, watery body, lightly bitter, but mostly lightly sweet and chocolatey. Quite drinkable, very watery and medium bodied, but it’s better than average, has a good, almost nutty finish. biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Excellent roasty chocolate aroma with hints of mint and vanilla. Dark, dark mahogany color. Tan head that fails too soon. Appealing burnt flavor, but not much else. Finishes somewhat dry with little body, true to style. I had it in the bottle, but it would benefit from being served with nitrogen. Not complex enough for my tastes. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2005 This is the least offensive stout that I’ve ever drunk, and I’m not sure that that’s a good thing. Smooth, almost portishly sweet, little body. When I finished, I looked for something else to drink.jzzbassman (1619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2004
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Big roasty aroma, but this was only a slightly better than average stout. The palate really hurt this one and was very thin and watery. Almost non-existant head.