ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich roasted malt aroma. Dark red with a ring of off-white lace, which is pretty impressive given the non lace, non head nature of most of Arbor brews in my sampler. Not bad. Good initial mouthfeel. Lively carbonation on tongue. Not bad at all.
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at brewery: Started out very average, near black with small tan head and some lace. The aroma has notes of toasted and burnt malts, mocha, light nut, floral hops and a dusty ester. The taste also was subdued with a basic balance and some bitters throughout. As it warmed some fruity components appears on the palate and improved the overall impression of the beer. This beer requires a full pint and the opportunity to warm.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap: almost no aroma with minimal flavor. Very dry bitter finish. Just o.k.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Yep, like a Guiness. Dry and a bit chalky. Deep black color with a tan long lived head. A little thin in body. Smooth mouthfeel. Hints of hop bitterness at the finish. Fair.
Pailhead (4414) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap: Real light malt and coffee aroma. Dark brown, virtually black, with a tan head. Nice lacing. All black coffee flavor from start to finish. Some bitterness in the finish.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the brewpub. Dark unfiltered molasses hue with just a wisp of lasting head...roast chocolate and a faint nuttiness in the nose...creamy, fairly sweet throughout, dark espresso roastiness makes an appearance at the finish...just a tad thin for a stout I think, the finishing bitterness isn’t held up well in the body and doesn’t feel quite right. Still, not bad if not one of this fine brewpub’s best.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Run of the mill Irish stout, even describes as a guinness knock-off. Nice chocolate flavors are wrestled behind dry chalky blandness. Creamy and roasty aftertaste. Decent.
hotstuff (3953) - Indiana, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Arbor Brewing Company Pub & Eatery. Poured a small tan head, fair lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a black hue. Aroma was malty, chocolate and roasted coffee. Flavor was malt, chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel was smooth. Recommended.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
silky milk chocolate aroma, ebony black with great belgian lace, excellent bittersweet chocolate throughout, overall very soft and inviting with lingering creaminess
thedm (4887) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This draft brew from the brewery poured a medium sized head of finely sized mostly lasting light brown colored bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body contained unnoted carbonation, was nearly opaque and dark ruby red brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of good dark malty molasses. Its mouth feel is initially slightly tingly with a lingering palate and a malty aftertaste. Its flavor contained dark beer brown malts roasted notes. A very good stout with a nice balance to it.