Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA, opened 6/14/10. Pours a dark brown color appearing an opaque black in the glass. Medium head with good head retention and lacing. Fairly assertive oak on the aroma long with roasted malts, caramel, soy, butterscotch. The taste is big peppery wood notes, roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of caramel, and a leafy hop finish. Medium bodied. Fairly decent.
jtclockwork (8423) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of chocolate, licorice, roasted malts, light oak, oatmeal and light coffee.
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at HDG. Black colour with a thick tan head. Fairly hoppy aroma. Resiny hops and roasty dark chocolate. Flavour is also quite hoppy. Thinnish body but with lots of roasted malt bitterness and plenty of dry-hopped character. Very herbal bitterness. An unusual beer, but it works pretty well.
Dogbrick (8140) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Rattle N Hum. Darkest brown color with a medium tan head that diminishes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, oak and malt. Medium body with flavors of milk chocolate, oak and earthy malt. The finish is sweet with an oak and chocolate aftertaste. Above average overall.
3fourths (8031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle shared by jasonp. Dark brown with red light at the bottom and sides of the glass. Hugely roast-heavy nose, with an astringent, roast-filled, charred wood and dusty, dry malt flavor. Even has some charred milk and dry, coarse butter and wood flavors, and it finishing not much different. A difficult beer to like.
DocLock (7860) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Turbid dark brown pour with 2-fingers of khaki head. Aroma of roasty dark malt, chocoff, hops, molasses, some funky notes, and some mild assy latexy aroma. Tastes dark malty, with dark choc, coffee, brown sugar, almonds, and blackstrap molasses. Fairly dense palate that stays malty and dark oatmealy chocolatey throughout.
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted bitterness and chocolate sweetness merge into coffee bean notes in this slender and drinkable Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the brown-sleeved black.
-The barrel presence is subtle, which is appreciated.
-The finishing bitterness is quite roasty, but also hoppy and peppery.
-I did not find it plump enough for my tastes in the style.
DruncanVeasey (7191) - NUNEATON, Top 18, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From flight at Ginger Man, NYC, 18/12/11. Very deep ruby appearing pitch, thin tan halo. Charcoal doused in Borbon aroma, oak chips. Black custard taste, burnt oats, fudge. Trickle of blackcurrant, black cherry. Burnt pistachio afters. Good one, but still missing something.
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a creamy, easily-resuscitated cap of tan head. The aroma picked up lots of cake-like baker’s chocolate accented by vanilla, earth, and oak.. deep down was light floral and spice character. The flavor was cakey as well with semi-sweet and darker chocolates, licorice, and vanilla at the core.. oaky and earthy notes around.. the aftertaste had some bourbonny sugars and more chocolate. Medium-bodied with moderate-plus carbonation and a bit of sourness from the oak.. flowed well across the palate.. not terribly complex, but tasty.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a semi-transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet and earthy dark malts with a touch of roast. Starts with some nice dark caramel and roasted malts and a touch of licorice. FInishes thinner and dark chocolatey sweet with some nice roasty notes. A pretty good stout.