dbarnold (1125) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very well balanced chocolate oatmeal stout. Roasty, chocolaty, nutty, not too heavy and hoppier than most stouts. Yet it remains balanced and very enjoyable.
HonusWagner (1222) - Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This for me is near the pinnacle of the style for a non-imperial, no-adjunct stout. Really good roasted malt character gives lots of cocoa and espresso beans. Just quite good flavorwise with drinkability to boot.
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black. Just a hint of light at the head of the beer. Half finger of dark mocha colored head. Very short lived. Went quickly to part film and part collar. Better looking head on swirling as more staying power to the head. Couple wisps of lacing on the sides. Stayed at film through drinking.
S-- Dry nose off the bat. Good amount of oatmeal. Bits of coffee and hints of maple syrup. Nice amount of roast. Good balance.
T-- Dark chocolate, roast coffee, oatmeal, little bit of coffee acid and some vanilla extract and maple syrup. Once again well balanced. Nothing too over the top.
M-- Medium feel and low carbonation. Quite rich feel to this. Dry finish but what catches me is the dairy milk, vanilla coffee, and maple syrup just before it goes dry.
O-- Just light enough to be able to want to drink more but big enough to carry all the aspects of the beer. Well balanced and a lot of fun to drink. Not necessarily exciting but a well performed beer. Types of beers I wish were made more often down here and not the watery 4.5% ones.
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a large tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malts, nuts and earthy hops. Flavor of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, caramel and a hint of smoke. A little thin overall but a nice bitter chocolate finish.
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the glass it’s opaque brown and has an aroma of roasted hops and some vanilla. Taste has espresso and some chocolate. Smooth finish.
MadIndian (2305) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gift from S.J. A little thin in the body. Some nice noted of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The finish had some earth and smoke. Not bad.
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is fruit, coffee and mild roasted notes. The flavor is coffee, roasted malts and a medium acidic/tart finish.
crossovert (6343) - Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bitter, robust stout. This is the way they should be made. Nice cooca and coffee-like notes.
Marsiblursi (2983) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours black with dark mahogany brown hints. Large nougat coloured head. The aroma holds dark bread, chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted oat cookies, yeast, backing powder, earthy hops, vanilla and hints of apple tobacco. The flavour is light sweet, light bitter and light acidic with notes of roast, toast, earthy/herbal hops, backing powder, yeast and vanilla. The mouthfeel is round and soft with a fizzy, medium to full carbonation. Baking powder, toasted cookies, herbal tea and a tiny sting of citrus on the finish. Near medium bodied.
_angst_ (2365) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours very dark brown with a huge frothy brownish beige head that slowly dissipates while leaving some trace on the glass. Smell is slightly sweet, slightly sour, floral and tiny funky with dark bread, lemon juice, roasted malts, grape juice, wood, cocoa powder, lemon zest, baking soda, grass and hints of burnt caramel. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour and malty with sweet dark bread, wood, oatmeal cookies, caramel, lemon zest, liquorice fudge, coffee, resin, vanilla and orange zest. Mouthfeel is crisp, tiny round, aggressively carbonated and medium bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with dark bread, coffee, chocolate, brown sugar, toffee and lemon zest. A bit strange.