FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a frothy, creamy, fairly thick, brown head. The beer itself is an opaque, deep brown, almost black color. The aroma is at first rich and chocolaty with notes of espresso and roasted malt, biscuits and bready toast, it then begins to pick up some husky notes that detract a bit, comes from using too much American roasted malts (just a guess though). At certain times I can see this flavor really appealing to me, but right now it is a little much, though not so much that I am going to dump this beer, which I am prone to do if a beer leaves me feeling unsatisfied.
In some ways this tastes very much like Ellies Brown, just with more dark malt character. It is fairly light, nicely drinkable, but the rough dark malt notes that where barely perceptible in Ellies Brown are starting to become dominant here. This is not a bad flavor per se, but it just adds a harshness to this beer that is not really needed.
Kevin (2084) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pours black with a brownish tan head. nice roasted aroma. very dry roasted barley flavor that has a nice touch of bitterness in the finish. a very good dry stout.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black, ruby tinged appearance with a small tan head. Coffee in nose. Strong coffee in flavor, and lots of bitterness up front. Nice roasty feel to it. Fairly good beer.
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle: pours blac with a big tan head. strong bitter roasted malt aroma. taste is very roasted and dry. very little sweetness. a little fruitiness from the hops. coffee on the finish perhaps a litte smokiness in there. over a a good stout but i prefer them to be sweeter.
raymow (815) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad, but I prefer a sweeter stout than a dry stout. Great color, nice foamy white head, and so-so aroma.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 1, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pour dark black, no head, seemed a little flat. Aroma bitterly malty. My taste buds must have been out fishing, because I really did not pick up much taste, of course it was malty, but nothing unique or worth remebering. I think a re-rate is in order in the future.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Andy’s O’fest. Lostsa roasted barley in this one. Roasty aroma. Flavoris roasty with a nice hop bitterness. Bitterness lingers.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Andy’s. Dark colored with a nice fluffy head. Roasty and chocolatety. Excellent beer. Fruity like raisins. Full bodied. Chewy. Smooth tasting. Enjoyable. Drinkable.
rudolf (2341) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, coffee, alcohol and some dark fruits. Seems like a bitter porter to me. Dry roasted bitterness up front with a smooth chocolately finish. I wish I could get this stuff in Buffalo.
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a one-finger brown head that fades slowly and leaves a good lace. Totally black color. Medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is roasted coffer/chocolate. Starts with a chocolate/coffee flavor and finishes with a nice malt/hop balance. It’s an Irish dry stout but it is not as dry as a Guinness. $1.65 for a 12 oz bottle; found at Vintage Cellar, Blacksburg, VA