DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle. $1.50 loose at HyVee, Carroll, IA. School is in session, good a time as any to have my first stout in months. This one pours a lot of foam in my shaker glass, but it settles away quickly. Fizzier that a Coke out of the Speedway self-service soda fountain, in fact, but also pitch dark with a few bubbles stuck to the bottom. Smell has deep chocolate roast malts, a bit of sourness. Taste is pretty astringent and tannic, though. Malts are over-roasted. None of that sourness in the taste, which could have given it a Guinness character. Too fizzy for this style, though that’s a drawback with most bottled stouts. That "cream" quality needs to be more in evidence.
hero12 (182) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown, almost black with small tan head. Coffee nose, taste is about the same. A very boring beer, doesn’t seem that creamy to me.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Black pour, no light coming through. Big, fluffy tan head that leaves great lacing. Aroma is roasted chocolate, almost a tad smokey. Creamy mouthfeel with a milk chocolate flavor. Smooth finish that leaves the milk chocolate on your tongue.
canisrufus (6) - Oakdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2010 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Have had both on tap (at Brau Brothers and at Brauhaus in Lucan), but am writing this from bottle I am currently drinking. Subtle but nice aroma, chocolate and almost molasses sweetness. For a stout this beer could have a thicker texture, but one of the reasons I like this stout is it is REALLY easy to drink, especially on tap.
DalzAle (2003) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from my buddy Bryan (Thanks!) Dark black pour, a little carbonation and a nice aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Flavor was not quite as impressive as the aroma, roasted malts right up front, coffee and finished with little vanilla. Not really complex, but a decent beer nonetheless. Would give this another shot if I see this on tap.
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Beautiful pour is dark brown with a mountain of creamy tan head. Gobs of sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet with chocolate and rich with roastiness. Nice. Tastes deep in roastiness with a lighter milk chocolate presence. Lingering roasty notes in the tail. A bit light in the body, but overall enjoyable.
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Bob for the bottle! Poured medium-deep brown with a thick cap of tan head. The aroma picked up sweet, milky chocolates and vanilla with a decidedly cake and brownie feel to it.. sweet and succulent. The flavor found semi-sweet chocolate and black patent maltage at the core.. sharp earthy and bitter coffee notes surrounded.. rather ugly malts and the aforementioned bitterness on the finish. Well-carbonated on the palate, which probably contributed to the sharpness.. beyond that, it had a smooth enough feel. This started out good and ended up meh.
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown head. Tan head. Aroma is chocolate and lots of roasted malt. Flavor has lots of lactose, roasted malt, nuts and some chocolate.
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma and taste is of chocolate and coffee. Medium to heavy body yet lightly carbonated with an overly bitter finish. Decent cream stout but overly bitter to truly enjoy.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark like worn oil. Small tan head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate flavor with a little bitterness to it. All in all a damn nice brew.