jcwattsrugger (10935) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap-brown-black. A-roasty/anise/tobacco/chicory-dk malt. T-roasty/cocoa/anise/tobacco/chicory-dk malt, 2nd earthy hops.
jandd1983 (2050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at the Brewpub. It poured a dark brown color with a small tan head. The aroma was of smoked malts, some chocolate, hops and a touch of coffee. The taste was similar with a chocolate overtone with some bitterness and coffee hints. Good stuff.
b3shine (4218) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft to taster at Lennies. Looks good; a dark cola with foamy tan head. Smells of dark malt, bitter chocolate, and roast. Tastes like it smells with a touch of smoke and a nice, dry finish. A decent example of the style.
Patrickctenchi (2902) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at source:
Black with a strong, dark brown head.
Scent is heavy..sweet chocolate and coffee.
Taste is bold, sweet chocolate.
Very smooth and creamy.
A nice stout....good heavy feel to it...smoky towards the end.
patrick767 (3333) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
tap at the brewpub - Pours very dark brown and has a roast malt and chocolate aroma. It tastes of that roast malt with some hints of coffee and chocolate. It’s medium bodied. Solid stout.
shrubber85 (6808) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Smoky chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown color with moderate head. Lightly sweet and smoky chocolate malt and mildly bitter herbal hops flavor. Light body. Very nice.
Brigadier (2745) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub
My final beer of the afternoon was this decent stout. Much better than the porter it is at least worth a revisit when I am not in the mood to tick off something new. Especially at happy hour pricing this is probably one of the better local options without driving south to New Albany or up to Indianapolis.
Aroma / Appearance - Reddish black with dark brown edges this beer has a mysterious glow. Loose and fluid it moves around the glass like the final drops of coffee from the bottom of the pot. Anise, plum, and pieces of bacon eat at the air. If you left malts to cool over a pile of cinders it might smell something like this.
Flavor / Palate - Black coffee, anise, smoke, and a fluid texture are the hallmarks of this reasonably complex beer. Without trying to overwhelm the senses it throws wave after wave of depth at the senses. Bittersweet chocolate leads to a warm finish of smoky ash. If this is actually close to the 6% ABV on the board it is well done indeed.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub. Fond memories of this one aren’t especially borne out by this latest taste. Oily looking black pour with a medium tan head, but very little lacing and so forth is suspicious to me. Alas, turns out that this session stout isn’t particularly bold in mouthfeel or dry on palate, two things I certainly look for in a dry stout. Nose is fragrant enough, with appropriate bitters and roasts, and the taste is a bit minerally along with mild sweetness and bitter chocolate. But it wasn’t what I’d hoped for.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Lennies / Bloomington Brewing Co on 14 March 2010. No ABV stated. Very dark - almost black. Thin tan collar of foam. Quite roasty with a hint of smoke. Dry with cocoa powder chocolate. Rather light mouthfeel.
ContemplateBeer (1407) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2013 Aroma of slightly bitter chocolate with some light smoke and resin. Appearance is black with tan head. Flavor matches the nose; palate is medium, creamy and soft. A well done stout.