TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Kalamazoo, MI). Pours a rich blackish darker pour, brownish glowing edges show healthy glow. A smallish frothy offwhite head dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are gentle toast, roast, and cocoa. Some smoothed out sweetness, dry soda bread nose, touches of toast and roast grow. Not very sweet. Initial is typical Irish, a touch of thickness up front offering cocoa, roast, dry toast, and soda bread like dryness. Clean and fairly drinkable, with a touch of thickness as it’s giddy up. Middle shows touches of smokey roast, grains, and oatmeal. Some gentle smoked barley, touches of coffee, cocoa, roast. Really quite pleasant with a touch of body. Finish is cocoa, lingering smoke, roast, dryness. The smokey element really wins me over here. Quite nice.
574deadzone (1136) - North Central, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bells. Lighter bodied with a pronounced roastiness. Not much sweetness. Thin but not watery. Bell’s knows what they’re doing with stouts, that’s for sure. A nice easy drinker and a good food pairing type of brew.
strongpieman (1559) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. I thought this was a decent stout, but the body was not as expected ... a little thin, but may that is what they are going for here. Otherwise, the aroma was rich with chocolate. I will seek out to try again.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Meridian Pint during their Bell’s Night of Darkness event. Served in a snifter.
The pour brings a hazy, medium-brown brew with a thin light tan head and a thin collar after that falls. The nose is pretty good with some fairly-strong chocolate dominating and being followed by a bit of earth, light roast, and a touch of vanilla.
The flavor pulls back quite a bit and there is some chocolate behind a flavor that is mostly a bit woody and earthy. Interesting, but not all that grand. Feel is a bit thin for what this is, though not by a large amount. Pretty drinkable in the end, but not my favorite. Out of the four new ones I had, Milk Stout is crowned king.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 12-22-2010
jrallen34 (3487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at the Cafe...The color is way too light for a stout, a dark clear copper with lots of amber, ugly and off for the style. A light tan head with bad retention and lacing...The aroma is light but good, lightly roasted coffee, a touch of smoke, black coffee finish. Not really balanced but good...The taste is a big improvement, light coffee, very creamy and smooth. Roast and nuts begin to dominate after a while. Super easy to drink.
A great brown ale, a terrible dry Irish stout which is what they told me this was.
Tmoney99 (11463) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at MBGWF 2011. Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good roasted coffee malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry texture with flat carbonation. Moderate toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. Solid drinkable dry stout.
nimbleprop (5412) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz pour at Meridian Pint. Pours a nearly opaque deep brown with a thin beige head. Doesn’t look like a stout. Nose is nutty, yeasty, bread, grains. Sweet, malty, caramel, bread, a little candy, some very obvious fruit. Medium bodied, dry finish. A little weird. Not really a stout.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pour is deep brown with a large semi off white head. Nice oak and roast malt in the aroma. Taste is oak, cream, lingering chocolate, and slight bitter finish. Creamy and semi dry finish. Good and pretty interesting.
zach8270 (3701) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(draft @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe - Kalamazoo, MI) Dark ruby red pour with a thin tan head. Nice and rich roasty flavor with some very mild chocolate. Mainly a delicious roasted aroma. Flavor has that really nice freshly ground coffee and freshly roasted coffee quality to it. Very well balanced as you get to the end. A bit thin-bodied but really flavorful.
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft: pours black with a thin white head, malty aroma, malty, coffee, dry and slightly bitter taste, fairly thin body