ilovedarkbeer (2145) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black brown pour with brown bubbly head. Notes of cola, oreos, chocolate, and smoke. Watery mouthfeel.
Patrickctenchi (2510) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: (labeled as 4.7%)
Dark, reddish tinted brown with a large root-beer-like head.
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast, malt...
Taste is creamy chocolate/vanilla....mild coffee bitter...
light, but easily drinkable with a great flavour.
crazyvin (1804) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice brownish red body with a tan head that was fairly thick at first but then faded to a thin coating. Some lace. Aroma seemed to have a nice roasted malt base upfront and some nice subtle malt notes of chocolate and coffee. A slightly mild smoke presence in the back. Flavor was nice and well balanced roasted malts up front seemed nice. While the flavor was good it really did not wow me. I was expecting a little more strength of the roasted malts and it was moderately dry.
Chudwick (1566) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle - pours dark brown with tan head and decent lacing. Nose is roasted malts and coffee. Flavor adds dark chocolate and hints of vanilla. medium body. Moderate bitterness. Easy to drink, kind of too easy. Was hoping for more from the brewer. quasi-metallic aftertaste.
degbert (908) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, dark brown/black with a light head. Nose is wonderful -- coffee, wood, a coppery overtone (which, in this case, works). Very dry and dark on the front of the palate, but finishes clean and lighter; this is no imperial stout, rather, it’s true to the style. Has some substance to the palate despite its 4.7%. Magnificent.
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is toasted and burnt with chocolate, coffee, and cream. The color is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin but not off style. Overall I like it but nothing out of this world.
malrubius (1515) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Fresh. Black with small short-lived head. Roasted coffee dark chocolate aroma. Fruity sweet (slightly to much for style) with roasted medium dry medium bitter finish. Harsh over carbonation. Okay.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Liquid charcoal and brittle burnt ashen blocks of wood. A dark tan head fades into a soft blanket with a slightly fuller edge. Swirls creamy – like a chocolate milkshake.
Roasty and toasty. Brittle burnt black cacao and espresso – combine for black chocolate covered espresso beans. Cinnamon powder. Crunchy bars of caramel and toffee and chocolate – the Skor bar comes to mind. Hint of tobacco and cigar leaf, the oils especially.
Creamy and rich in the front and leading right into the middle before finishing appropriately dry and parching with burnt woods and burnt caramels. Dark fruit and leather tannins skirt the edges while the burnt parched finish keeps me coming back for more. As it warms up, the tart tannins grow slightly more prominent along the edges without overpowering while a gentle smoky presence whispers in my breath. Cigar ash and crumbling burnt wooden remains. Caramel and toffee brittle hold their own in the middle.
A refreshingly complex simple brew. The Irish-style Dry Stout is a classic pioneered (purportedly) by Guinness and since Guinness has been copied and (I’m quite sure to their chagrin) improved upon immensely by a multitude of craft brewers within the USofA and abroad. Another winner from Brooklyn Brewery.
wxman (1279) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque black with a thin light tan head. Has a coffee & cream aroma. Then follows to a sweet roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate taste. Slight bitterness from the roasted malt. A smooth stout.
beernovice39 (3040) - Montana, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pitch black color with a creamy tan head. Scent is roasted coffee and chocolate. Taste is roasted malts.