hopdog (9537) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Arbor Brew Pub. Poured a dark black color with a small sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of roast,chocolate, and coffee. Light lacing left on the glass.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Arbor Brewing: Very dark brown and almost opaque. Creamy tan head. Big roasty aroma with notes of coffee grinds. There was a ligh tartness as well. Roasted malt flavor, continuation of the tartness and a light bitter finish. Low carbonation and smooth. It had an almost creamy body.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a thinnish clear brown, with a soapy tan head. Molasses aroma. Smokey dry roast malt flavor, with coffe and a solid presentation. Thin palate. Light salt and fruitness shines through at the end, rounding.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown in color with cherry accents when put to light and a beautiful, dark, creamy tan head. Espresso enriched cafe macchiato aroma, along with a bitter, dry dark chocolate precursor, Heath bars and a deep pervasive richness. Flavor is much of the same, with dry, dark chocolate cocoa. Lactic, kettle traits. Syrupy espresso tendency with dry, unflavored iced coffee creationism. Medium-bodied with toned carbonation that lets the character shine, finishing with a double batch of French roast coffee and a dark chocolate stir stick.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted malts are strong in the nose with underlying bittersweet chocolate. Opaque black body is topped by a fair, large-bubbled, off-white head that recedes rapidly to ring. Flavour also figures very strong roasted malts with some dark fruit. Very dry medium body with moderate carbonation. Sampled on tap at the brewpub.
Tmoney99 (11578) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft as sampler at arbor Brewing. Dark brown color with medium light brown head that diminshed slowly. Good stout aroma chocolat, malt and coffee. Medium to full body with creamy texture. Well balanced flavor much like aroma with a good smooth dry finish.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown body, beige ring. The roasted grains strike in immediately from the first whiff. Floury dry nose containing a vast amount of dark chocolate and burnt malts. No sweetness noticeable in here. Extremely dry palate, kinda tart yet roasty which I rarely like the pair together, but I must recognize this is a neatly executed stout and deserves good marks. Soft medium body, ample carbonation.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on draught @ Arbor Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Black color. Lovely aroma reminiscent of the heavenly Milestone Porter with fresh fudge, deep chocolate, coffee, and roasty and burnt malts. Creamy texture with a medium body. Dynamic malt flavor with acceptable bitterness and a range of flavors. The last beer of the day where I visited four breweries, so the notes are a little lacking, but I sampled this with their chocolate cake and it was lovely.
ElGaucho (2275) - 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 (6368) - 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.