HeinzH (17) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Little bit of a disappointment. Reminds me a little bit of not-so-great Estonian Stouts. Aroma is very promissing and you can smell especially coffee and chocolate. Head is quite thin. The taste is the biggest problem. This would definitely need more hops to be a well balanced world class stout. Too juicy to my taste. First real disappointment from this brewery.
60minuteman (566) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Wegmans. Black pour with thick vanishing tan head. Smell is coffee and chocolate. Some roast and caramel maybe as well. Taste is dark but the light body takes control. Nice
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a very dark brown with a small light tan head. The nose has a little roast and milk sugar. Fairly light on the tongue, there is a good bit of roasted malt, slight mineral, and a slight fruitiness. Light to medium body with a dry finish. Not bad but there are others that I would pick first for the style.
scarletfire65 (857) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at home. Thin quickly receding head. Aroma of light coffee, chocolate, and distant red fruit. Light bodied and thin, watery palate. Porter like flavors of wood, ash, soot. Dry finish with a hint of licorice. Unremarkable.
rangerred (841) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours an opaque black with a one finger dark tan head. Good hear retention and average lacing.
Aroma of cocoa powder, roasted malt, and some metal. Some light cappaccino too.
The flavor has more milk chocolate with some very lightly roasted coffee and dark toasted bread. Unfortunately there is a little bit of a metallic note that is carried over from the aroma along with some cardboard. Some tartness and tannic bitterness that kind of throws the flavors out of balance. Mouthfeel is on the watery side ending with some moderate stickyness.
Overall, I’m not terribly impressed with this beer. The mouthfeel is watery and the off flavors get to be a little much. With Guinness and Murphy’s readily available along with O’haras, I can’t see any reason to pick this up again. It doesn’t really stack up to the Irish offerings.
climberbob (104) - Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Thin head that is as thin as the beer. Slightly odd in the mouth and dry with hint of coffee on the after finish. So so beer.
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BREWMUSKCLES (2143) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4.7% abv dry irish bottle seems a bit watery at first but brew is actually layered well and is as it states a session. flavors of dark malt a bit of red fruit with hop and scotch caramel in evidence by the second bottle, hic! sorry. spring water like pine essence and hint of cocoa this brew is a mish mash but it goes over pretty well.
ryecatcher (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (well earned after shoveling snow in Chicago and then listening to the radio feed of the Rangers- Flyers online... LGR!!). Pours a deep chestnut-blackish ’stouty’ color, (nearly) opaque with a thin off-white head that lasted longer than I expected, not much lacing though. Nose is roasty, some chocolate, raisins hint of smoke. Mouth is medium bodied and slightly watery for a stout (body is more like a porter IMO), but dry and satisfyingly roasty, with some coffee and malts with some soot and a slight bitterness back end. Sessionable.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Very dark brown pour with some red highlights. Minimal head. Roasted malts and ash in this. Easy drinking. Moderate palate. Slightly dry on the finish.
Scrapersnbeer (1391) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at 4.7% abv. Aroma of smokey chocolate and coffee with cream. Near-black color, looks on the thin side. Bites like a dry wine, bitter start with roasted malt aftertaste. Reminds me of craft root beers only in stout form.