Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Noticed that I had this rated much lower than others so I figured I’d give it another go since the price for a single was right. Very nice looking beer. Dark brown/black w/ a huge brown head of mixed size bubbles that laves behind an absolute ton of lace. Nose is mostly roasted notes w/ an astringent pungency, some floral and berry notes and a brackish sea-water tinge (I find this often in stouts, actually). Not especially interesting or flavorful but drinkable enough w/ its medium body, light carbonation and pleasant bitterness in the finish. I’m leaving this filed in my "beers I just don’t get" drawer.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2005
Original rating: I really don’t see what makes this so special. There’s plenty of more common oatmeal stouts that are better. This one has a nice dark color with a white head. Roasty with lightly fruity character in the nose. Slightly creamy mouthfeel with some roasty and hoppy flavors but neither exceedingly complex nor exceedingly drinkable. (3.0)
Thanks to Boutip for the sample. Date not notched on label. Black and opaque leaving a thin yet clinging layer of tan foam. Nutty chocolatey aroma, some fruitiness and hops appearing on the second pour. As complex an aroma as I’ve experienced in a stout. Body is slightly oily and medium fullness, slight crispness from carbonation. Balanced flavors of espresso, roasted malt and hops with a lingering dry bitter finish. Impressive stout. jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2005
Bottle, best before 12/31/05. Black color with a small tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malts, coffee and a touch of butter. Flavor is similar, with a touch of dark chocolate in there also. Excessive carbonation takes something away from this beer. Still quite good. rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2005
Dark blackish hue. Pours with a shy creamy tan-colored head, burnt coffee beans, chocolate, roasted grain aromas follow through on a medium-bodied palate with half-sweet chocolate. coffe expresso, mocha, mellow with a dark roasted malt bitterness finish. CoolerKing (14) - Burlington, Ontario, CANADA - APR 24, 2005
Pitch black in colour, rich and velvety in taste. Slightly bitter chocolate flavour. One of the best beers I have had.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 19, 2005
Pours a pitch black color, small brown head, lots of lacing adorns the sides. Aroma is very rich, of milk chocolate, roasted coffee, and mocha. Flavor is similar, with a litlte added vanilla/cream note to it. Very slick and oily on the palate. Very tasty easy drinking brew! Thanks to RadioMGB for this one! joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - APR 15, 2005
on tap at beer bistro.toronto. Black with beautiful tan head. burnt and malty. chocolate. malty flavor. silky smooth mouthfeel. Hooker (468) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2005
Black colour with fast fading frothy chocolate brown head. Robust chocolate/coffee nose. Thick roasted malt taste with lingering dry bitter coffee finish. cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - APR 9, 2005
4/8/05. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with Rastacouere on RateBeer 2/5/05. Dark brown, nearly black and mostly opaque with a foamy, rocky but pretty solid dark tan head. Lacing is pretty good-- nicely prominent throughout the glass, but a bit broken and blotchy even from the start. Soft, sweet roast and a touch of acidic espresso froth with spices (a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg on the froth?), a dark blanket of chocolate and a distinct, mouthwatering boldness I would mistake for something higher than 5%. Flavor brings in some light nuttiness and a bit too much of that char acidity, still showcasing the coffee but losing the indications of a higher-alcohol beer. Seems sort of like black malt mixed with water. Finish is really good with a long-lasting, deeply satisfying roast, dry chocolate, and hints of black licorice and smoke. Body is medium-thin, a bit watery (or milky, actually). Flavor teeters a bit too close to a dirty water or stale coffee assault, but the finish makes up for it. Somewhat chalky in its drying finish. Still a very nice beer, very drinkable and deserving of its reputation. Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2005
Sweet chocolately malt, coffee and licorice. Deep roasted, almost burnt smoky bitterness of hops. A nice tang to the nose. Dark black with thin creamy tan lacing head. Heavy watery body, thick but not quite oily. Medium-heavy carbonation. A chewy beer. Starts dry and bitter. Carbonic acidity. Bitter roasted malt taste, with coffee, smoke, chocolate. Dry throughout. Tint of sweetness in the middle. Light bitter finish with some nutty bitter after and a mild carbonic tang. Nice stout.