Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured very dark brown and opaque with a light tan head. Aromas of chocolate malt, coffee, caramel, and some hops. Flavor is sweet, with a subtle bitterness and a very prominent earthiness (dirt, tree bark). Somewhat carbonated and a pretty thin body. Not bad, but there are better examples out there.
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark almost black body with a small caramel colored head. Sweet coffee aroma with a slight hint of chocolate. The aroma is comfortable and not over powering. Body is incredibly light for such a dark beer with an almost sudsy mouth feel with abundant carbonation. Feels almost like a generic cola. Flavor is incredibly subuded despite the stronger aroma; slight notes of coffee and caramel come through with a slight oat flavor. Finishes out quickly with a slightly bitter taste.
puboflyons (2344) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with no date or lot code noticed. The pour is a quick brown with a thin tan head so it looks pretty average for a stout. The aroma is sweeter with a background of oatmeal, wheat, and roasted coffee grinds. The mouthfeel is rather thin for a stout which came as a disppoinment. But the flavor does not totally disappoint as it is a gestalt of sweetness, chocolate malts, and neutral hops. A halfway decent oatmeal stout.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a tan head. Thin sweet and simple, chocolate malt, oats, caramel but thin and some light milk sugars. Decent beer.
addictedavi (4) - New York, USA - AUG 30, 2009 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Out of a 12oz bottle, pours appropriately opaque. Quickly subsiding head leaves thin lacing and aroma of caramel and oatmeal. The mouthfeel is too thin for my preference, but there’s a good amount of carbonation. Caramel malts are dominant in the taste but I also like the little bit of roasty, bitter cocoa powder I found. Aftertaste is of caramel. It’s not a bad or unpleasant beer; it’s drinkable, with enough nuance to keep your attention.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a thin, clingy-lacing light tan head. Has a sweet toasty caramel nose with a touch of milk chocolate and hazelnuts. Starts with good fullness and semi-sweet dark maltiness with some light roasty notes and pleasant bitter balance toward a slightly drier toasty finish. A pretty drinkable and true to style sweet stout.
jredmond (5841) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Brewpub. Pours pitch black body with small brown head. Aroma is some chocolate malt. Taste is roast and deliciousness, I wish I was in better shape at the time to try more of this sucker.
Brewbie (458) - New York, USA - MAR 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. black with a small fluffy brown head. not much of an aroma at all. taste of dark chocolate, little bite in the thin finish. not a bad beer at all
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours dark black with thick head. The chocolate and oatmeal definitely show through. Nice full body. Still not quite as good as Samuel Smith’s, but very good.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft- this was appearently the beer to go to considering its award winning status, but I found it to be not good at all- very one dimensional in the way of harsh bitterness and dark mollasses- not much else going on- virtually no aroma.