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. 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.