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 (3567) - 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 (4849) - 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.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolatey, a little roasty-smokey. Super dark. It became a little more complex as it warmed, as expected. Will have again next time I’m at the brewery, might try with some red meat.
jtw (1057) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clearly a guinness clone. very minty and chalky nose, and tastes just like it smells. thicker and chewier than guinness. extremely smooth, and definitely a beer fit for a session.
Schroppfy (2357) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great coffee and raosted malt aroma- great looking with a good sized oatmeal colored head. Slightly acrid and burnt flavorings but they add overall to the usual culprits - not as "dry" (tindery, woody, all roast) as other Dry Stouts. Very drinkable.
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JUL 2, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge roasted bitters, bordering on burnt toast, but the toast was solid, multigrain bread so it’s a good thing. It’s a good, solid stout and the only real trouble I have with it is superficial nostaligia. ABC used to make a superior stout (Blackheath) that got me addicted to the brewery, so this one just stands a little pale in comparison ...
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fashioned after Guinness it may be, but Guinness it is not. I don’t like coffee, though, so take that for what it’s worth.