jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 16, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
on tap-pours a brown head with black color. Aroma is dark malt, oatmeal. Taste is dark malt, oatmeal, coffee, bitterness at the finish.
Glouglouburp (5944) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 In short: Insipid “dirty” black beer
How: Tap at brewpub. Jul 2006 (2.2/5). Re-sampled Dec 2007 (2.3/5)
The look: Brown-black body with a little tan ring of foam
In long: A little toasted malts but barely any roastiness. Thin body. A little creamy brown cake, some old dry peanut shells and some caramel roaming in the back. Not very flavourful and the little flavour it had felt “dirty”. Gold Medal at the 2004 San Diego World Beer Cup?!?!!! Hard to believe, unless what they served me in December 2007 is the actual gold-medal winning batch brewed in 2004.
GonZoBeeR (2906) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma:Good coffe and rosted malt...
Appearance:dark,good brown head...
Flavor:light acidity,rosted malt...
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught sample at the brewpub. Touch of head doesn’t last long at all atop a translucent dark brown body....luscious chocolaty aroma, hints of rum and dark nutty liqueurs, a bit milky with light roast, overall excellently balanced....on the tongue, dry, thin and fairly flavorless, with a touch of sour cherry, dry wood chips, a bit of stale chocolate and some sour milk towards the finish....thin, undercarbonated, overattenuated, this was a disappointment given the overall strong quality of the beers on this occasion.
ABUSEDGOAT (2331) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 Tap @ brewpub: black body, roasted coffee dominates aroma. Hints of chocolate and oats. Flavor is exactly the same. Nothing really rewarding or interesting.
Sregnar35 (952) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 Reviewed again based on the bottle. Pours nice and dark brown, small head, aroma is sweet and appealing. Flavor is nice and sweet, a bit bitter but nice, very creamy.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Man of Kent Tavern. Deep dark brown, tan head. aroma of roast, butterscotch, ripe mellon, and a touch of apple. Flavor is roasty and malty with little bitterness. Slight subtle sour note, which if it was intentional, fits the flavor nicely. A little apple mixed in. Smooth.
Lubiere (9765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
April 2004. Clear dark black with a nice aroma of torrefied coffee and vanilla. Little malts and hops, and rather watery. Low carb malt???
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured black (with reddish hues when held to light) with an offwhite thin head. There is a defenite roasted taste with some sweet character, and less bitterness than the Imperial Stout. It is drinkable, but the flavor is much less pronounced than I would like.
MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 My Bottom Line:
Toasted bread and delicate yeasty fruitiness carve a landscape between the Brown Ale world and that of Stouts. Not that it is badly brewed, but this is just not what I want from a Stout of any kind.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slim veil of foam tops the brownish black.
-Earthiness accompanies the toasted malt character; roastiness is strangely frail.
-The body is thin and the carbonation fizzy; again, not much of a Stout in the mouthfeel department.
-The finish is a fast fade out of the flavor profile.
On tap at the brewpub.