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 (467) - 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 (4279) - 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.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2006 Opaque black with a frothy brown head. Aroma and flavor is a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and roasted malts. A good stout, and new favorite. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 1, 2005
This fine ale pours a very dark black with a monstrous, fluffy, caramel head. Huge roasted aroma with some hoppy bitterness in the nose. Intense black patent malt flavor is balance nicely by an infusion of burnt cocoa, with a hoppy twinge. The oatmeal is subtle, but noticeable, and adds to the delightful melange of flavors. Lingering roasted bitterness. A top shelf beer, indeed. Thanks to Jan Primus for the cross border exchange. igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 28, 2005
almost 100% opaque....very deep brown with a light brown creamy head, mostly lasting, with lots of delicate lacing. aroma has some lactose, LOADS of milk chocolate, mild roast, vanilla/chalk. flavor has moderate chocolate, lots of roastiness, bit of a cola feel, lots of hops, quite bitter really. aftertaste is of dark chocolate with a hint of citrus. really every bit as good as advertised! Thanks to MrManning for this one! DocLock (10659) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Huge thanks to tiggmtl for this one. Pours obsidian with two-finger, dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocoff, slight smoked ham. Tastes roasty-malty, with chocoff, oats, and a definite rauchy element combined with some merlot. Complex, firm mouthfeel and very well balanced. I have no problem at all with this being a top 50/100 beer. I prefer Impy stouts, but the excellence of this one cannot be denied. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2005
thanks to radiomgb for this bottle. outstanding looking pour, completely opaque dark brown body, with a thick creamy tan head that holds for a good 5 minutes. a very sweet coffee aroma hints at the the flavor that is to come. a slightly burnt coffee/expresso flavor is huge from the start, a little bit of sweetness also at the front end. the tail is just a tad bitter, but the very end of the flavor brings in a bit of chocolate. nothing negative in the aftertaste, and the mouthfeel is thick and chewy. from first sip to bottom of the bottle, this is an outstanding beer.