Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled out of a growler, graciously offered by Erica at TiggMTL’s post-mondial 2005 tasting.
Dark and opaque, obviously, but with a slight teint of brown when held against harsh light. Not much head to speak of, unfortunately, so it looked like a cup of cold joe. Speaking of which, the aroma was almost all torrefied coffee beans, maybe a little hops but quite faint. Very calm, almost flat, I guess the seal wasn’t too good on this growler. Nonetheless, the roasted malt, pinch of vanilla and acerbic final made this one quite enjoyable.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, no head. I fear the growler conditioning didn’t help this one at all and brought it flat despite being only one day old and that is pretty sad because the scotch ale was in great shape. Nevertheless, cocoa and light coffee flavours come up the nose with a lovely background of oatmeal, but there’s not much else going on if not for a sweet vanilla touch. Powdery chocolate blends well with the oat chunks, but it does feel pretty lifeless without carbonation and I find that the little tartness would have been better attenuated with effervescence around. A bit thin as it is.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt, caramel and dark chocolate form a rich aroma, spiced with low-key citrusy hops. Very attractive nourishment must ensue.
Roasted malt bitterness and dark chocolate sweetness blend efficiently in the low carbonation. Molasses slither through this quite flavorful, basic stout. Another well-brewed beer from Bethlehem.
A soot-soiled smile tells it all.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the tap at BBW. Very dark brown creamy body with a thin tan head. Anticpated getting to this one in the sampler and was a little dissappointed by the thin taste. But, still a pretty good stout and an easy drinker.
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Bethlehem Brew Works Brew Pub. Poured a dark, dark brown (almost black) color with an offwhite head. Aromas and tastes of chocolate, light vanilla, and hints of oatmeal. Aromas and tastes were on the subtle side. Creamy and smooth body that went down very easy.
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler provided by Rich: Nearly opaque with a small frothy tan head and some lace. The aroma has notes of mocha, coffee, smoke, floral hops, earthy esters, and a hint of fig. The taste starts malty and moderately sweet with noticeable chocolate overtones. The finish is more towards the smoky and coffee twang. A bit of oat does appear but is subdued by the bitterness. The aftertaste display a touch of fruit and lactic notes. The feel is smooth and a tad watery. A good stout and easily drinkable as I finished the growler (minus one 12 oz handbottle for later) in one setting. THX
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown/black in color with ruby highlights and a large tan head. aroma is of chocolate,coffee/espresso,burnt roasted malt. Flavor starts sweet and finishes dry with more chocolate,coffee,espresso and creamy withsilky smooth mouthfeel.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at BBW, an almost black glass with a persistant, thin tan head. Chocolates and some coffee are strong in the nose, and lead into a heavy chocolate flavor. Malts and coffee are minor taste elements, and they are blended smoothly into the sweetness of the oatmeal, which I could definitely taste. A rich velvety mouthfeel gave way to just a tad of bitterness when the glass got a little warm, but this is easily the best brew at BBW, and I may be biased as a local, but this beats alot of the stouts I’ve had to this point.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Their "flagship beer" so I’m told. Bubbly and creamy, but soft! Very nice. Still not tasting much "oatmeal" flavor, what’s with that? I’m not sure I’m comprehending this style after a couple tries on it. Liking the tie in with the Steelworkers of Bethlehem.... if only some were still around to live up to the tale. Sigh.
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a really nice stout here. Very smooth, just goes down so easy. The oatmeal kick is there in the finish I think, even if it is a little faint. Always on tap at the Brew Works, a delicious stout that you are never sorry you ordered.