BückDich (5467) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 23, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery in Alpine, CA: Black, nose of maple syrup, light oats and roast. The flavor is creamy with coffee and not much chocolate. Rich and tasty stout.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at SD Beer Festival. Pours black with very little head. Aroma is malt and strong coffee. Taste is coffee and chocolate milk, with a sharp finish. Mouthfeel is not as heavy an you would expect. Not light, but creamy.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAY 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap@Port Solana: Dark brown to black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma is stale coffee. Flavor starts lightly sweet with coffee then some dark chocolate with a lightly bitter tangy finish. Smooth creamy palate. Nice.
billk (352) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Alpine. extreme dark brown w dark tan/coffee head that fell quickly, some lace. Aroma is weak, of chocolate flavored hard ball candy & dark roasted malt w min hops. Flavor is dark roasted malt w a slightly smoked note & lightly hopped w noticable bitterness. Just into the full bodied category. Perhaps it was too cold as was most everything that day.
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer poured an opaque color w/ very slight head and thin lacing. The aroma was roasty w/ coffee and dark fermented fruit notes. The flavor was full of roast and coffee w/ a dark fruit sweetness. The mouthfeel was full bodied, well-rounded and creamy. Very enjoyable.
joshpiledean (313) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap, nitro, O’briens. Black pour, standard nitro head. Aroma of sweet malts and dry chocolate. Flavor echoes that beautifully...good chocolate flavor, nice rich flavor, very creamy, right in that perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Nice med/heavy feel, creamy indeed. Short and sweet finish.
DarkElf (2961) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2005 (Nitro Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA; 04-Jan-05) I really hate trying to rate beers when friends are around yapping and bothering me, distracting me from my rating duties, expecting me to have a conversation with them! Who cares if they’re leaving for Seattle tomorrow! Jeez, what nerve! These notes are pretty skimpy, so I need to try this again at a later date. Dark roasted maltiness, lightly sweet and only mildly bitter. Tastes like an Irish Stout, but just a bit sweeter. Dry, smooth palate with medium body. Black color is fully opaque, even at the edges. Light brown head lasts forever and leaves a dense curtain of lace.<hr>(Nitro Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA; 26-Jan-05) Well, I guess I really didn’t need to rerate this one. There just isn’t too much to say about this beer. It’s on nitro, and frankly, tastes like many other stouts on nitro. This is still a very good beer, I just feel the nitro takes away any distinctiveness it might have. It’s roasty, chocolaty, moderately bitter, and minimally sweet, with a light sourness like there are some oats in the mix. The nose is chocolaty and roasty. Palate, color and head are the same as last time. I’m sticking with the same ratings.
Gusler (2654) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Alpine Brewery
The beers pours a pitch black with a smallish chocolate head, the texture spumous and the lace thick and sticky. Nose has a light coffee and chocolate aroma with sweet malt underneath, start is sweet and has a pleasing malt presence, top is moderate in feel. Finish has a nice bit of hops and the acidity mild to moderate, very dry and lingering aftertaste, a nice stout overall
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stout pours with a dark brown body topped by a very thick head with lots of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a touch of sourness and a slight roastiness. Not very impressive. The flavor is mostly bitter with some sweet malty notes, a touch of licorice and roasty coffee notes. Full bodied and smooth.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nearly black yet deceivingly dark as dark brown can get. Medium loosely frothy broken chocolate brown colored crown that remains constant for a good measure; lace in minimal spots. Aroma is packed with solid roasted malt with some nice espresso and dark chocolate notes creeping through. Not fully potent or strong really but very nice to let simmer and wiff. Taste is well rounded with a smooth chocolate front thats favorably dark and lush with a creamy lingering into the middle where espresso flavors really meld in incredibly nicely. Nice roasted oh-so-clos-to-burnt espresso-like flavors and the bittering is subdued enough for full enjoyment. Quite nice to behold. Hence the finish, where it gets a bit of everything mixing and changing with a sweetened roast filled espresso dryness that has a chocolate twinge of bitterness to top it off. Feel is smooth and close to full with a good amount of give in each sip and is a bit sweet in areas with an espresso and chocolatey drying coming through from midway all the way to its remarkable little finish. Nice lingering capabilities with the bittering and espresso. This reminds me alot of the Bell's Java Stout, just not as over the top as the Bell's but right up there just the same.