johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Review from notes, sampled 1/17/2008
Pours a solid black with a tan head that leaves some lacing on the way down the glass. Aroma is malty with some caramel and coffee mixed together with a little fruit. Taste is a creamy coffee with some fruits and a citrus hop bite at the end. Medium body and mouthfeel. Very easy drinker, I could not notice the alcohol. Great brew, I hope its not really retired because I’d love to enjoy this again. SpringsLicker (3638) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Pours with an opaque black body that throws up a tall tan head.
Coffee, chocolate and roast malts all come easily to the nose.
Starts sweet, then roast malt bitterness becomes the finish.
Smooth and creamy. jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
Dark black pour with a tan head. Rich, creamy stout. Regular stouts that aren’t imperial don’t get much better than this. Rated 5/13/04 Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Bottle, why do i have a feeling this will show up as a scratch recipe, pours a black body with a tan head. Malty body some caramel, roasted malt, hints of chocolate and a light pine notes. Oats some light lactose and a mildly bittering finish. Good shit. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Thanks to Todd for the retired bottle! Poured rich, deep black with just a dusting of off-white head. The aroma opened with sweeter chocolates, molasses, and maybe a pinch of honey.. had some age to it, but still had and intriguing impression.. not much to speak of in terms of hops.. moderate roast to it. The flavor had sticky chocolates, coffee, and molasses at the core paired with a touch of lactic sourness.. a bit of coffee bitterness and tobacco on the edges.. finished tacky with toasty chocolate milk. Medium-bodied and sticky on the palate with some creamy feel on the middle.. decent mouthfeel, but I’m guessing it was better a couple years ago.
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2009
bottle at the deli inpart of a meet the brewers night in state college pa. This pours a very dark brown almost black color wih an off white head. The smell is toasty and chocolate. the taste is of chocolate and bitter hops a surprisely good combo. reggiedunlop (3724) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2009
nice black pour with a light mocha head...retention and lacing are just okay. aroma is very sweet and caramely with little hop presence. tastes malty and sweet...reminiscent of vanilla extract with noticeable oatmeal and milk flavors and a touch of coffee near the end. found it in my cellar a bit too late maybe? motuhfeel is a bit creamy and the finish lingers for a bit with roastiness and coffee. wish i found this in my cellar sooner... Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Poured a nice black color with a tan head. Aroma really draws you in with a nice balance of sweet chocolate, roasted malts and hops. Flavor is more of the roasted coffee flavor but with a doubling balance of sweet chocolate and bittering hops. Although I like the dead reckoning porter a lot. its a shame it replaced this great beer. brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Pours dark brown, opaque, with mahogany translucent edging.
A firm, tan head rose to a half inch with an aggresive pour, and quickly receded to a placid surface. A few errant dots of lacework and a ring around the edge of the glass was all that remained.
Aromatics are subdued, but the oats and chocolate are still evident.
Slightly biscuity and bready, with powdered dark chocolate and granola.
Mouthfeel is faded and heading for flatsville. Not quite full bodied and lacking enough viscosity to seem thinnish.
The pallet is fairly middle of the road, with a decent enough mix of
bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and some mild coffee grounds. Bitterness is right on, and balances nicely with the residuals.
Finishes slightly bitter with a fading Coca-Cola note and some faint warmth.
This particular bottle was picked up about a year ago, and I’m sure it would be superior if fresh. This one’s a yawner though.
toddbates (95) - USA - JAN 8, 2008
good, not great, not the best stout I’ve had, not the worst, it’s a mediocre stout from a wonderful brewery