A new friend of mine, and self proclaimed beer connoisseur, has just tried this stout. John is a huge stout fan, and has consumed this style of beer for a long time.
His reaction was very positive. He thinks it is a fine beer. In itself, that really does not mean much. But he is an impartial judge, and actually told me he was not simply being "kind", that this stout is a great beer. John is brutally honest, and would not say anything that was a fabrication.
I am happy he likes it! Now...what will the judges think?