Rastacouere (6126) - 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 (1863) - Loveland, 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 (2201) - 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 (6019) - 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 (4761) - 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 (1905) - 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 (4069) - 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.