PorterPounder (7221) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Independence, Oh. - Discount Drug Mart - 22 oz bomber. Pours a tar black with a deep, dark, mocha colored head that coats the glass with nice lacing. Pleasant aroma with some coffee accents, dried fruit and chicory. Flavor has a nice dry and roasted presence to it with some day old coffee notes, some chicory, a bit of licorice and some prune-like fruitiness in the back end. Mouthfeel is dry and rich - just right for the style. Pleasantly surprised. Served as a good nightcap.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick black with a small ring of light brown foam. Mellow roasted and smokey aroma. Dry, crisp, almost smokey flavor with carbonation dissolved deep in the thick body. Pretty good dry stout with lots of character.
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the stout tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 10/13/08. Pours pitch black with a huge head. Strong coffee aroma with some malty quality. Flavor is an excellent dry balance with a coffee/chocolate finish. Wonderful stout. Between this and the 76 IPA, these guys are definitely an underrated brewery.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Nearly black, very minor brown tint on the edges, moderate dark beige frothy head, very nice lacing. Heavy roasted malt nose, burnt actually, with a slight coffee tinge. Semi-sweet on the tongue, quite roasty, moderate hop & malt mixture that is very well balanced. Nothing dominates, which is nice. Quite smooth, body is fairly big, moderate to full mouthfeel. Clean roasted malt finish. Seems fairly standard, but it is rather solid. Thanks Dan!
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque with large frothy brown head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of floral and grassy hops, mocha and coffee, dusty yeast esters, smoky and dark malts, and some tart fruits. The flavor is surprising, lots of grapefruit and bitters, on top of mocha and malty undertones. Some smoky and nutty tones on the finish. The mouthfeel is full for style with a crisp bite on finish. This stout does not fit any style, too bitter for a sweet, too malty for a dry, and not enough punch for an Imperial..but still quite YUMMY! Almost the stout equal to Three Floyds Alpha Klaus.
blutt59 (6501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, black color with good standing tan foam, aroma of spicy burnt coffee, flavor of burnt coffee, nutmeg, a little fruit
Pailhead (6384) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap: Aroma is malty with coffee, chocolate and light hops. Dark brown, virtually black with a small tan head. Flavor begins with a lot of coffee and a real interesting smoked flavor in the background. As I drink the smoke almost disappears and is overtaken by some strong grapefruit hops. Much hoppier than most stouts. Slight coffee and moderately hoppy aftertaste.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber that I think was left over my house by imtheoptimator. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate, oats, come coffee, roasty. Tastes roasty and chocolatey with a sweet malty finish. Enjoyable.
Beerman6686 (6241) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured almost black with a big lgiht tan head. Aroma was pretty sweet and chocolatey for a stout. Flavor was silky and smooth chocolate, but a bit too sweet for me, not much roastyness to it at all.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A dry and very roasted stout with a strong cacao presence and a good hopping. Nothing original but this is highly drinkable.
How: Bottle 22oz. Purchase when I visited the brewery, consumed when 8 months of age
The look: Almost black body topped by a large tan head
In long: Nose is lightly roasted with cacao notes and some locker room sweat (I get that sometimes from certain hops). The beer feels rather dry, almost chalky. Not fruity notes whatsoever. Short but sharp hops bitterness. The beer was maybe a little too roasted and chalky for its own good, like trying to swallow cacao powder, it felt like it was getting stuck in my throat. However the floury cacao flavour was rather pleasant and the bitter finish was nice. Strong hops presence that soften-up the beer with a mild juicy bitterness. Medium body with an expansive carbonation. Pleasant straightforward brew that does the basic things very well, a very good example of Keep It Simple Stupid. Cleveland area people are lucky to have that little brewery/brewpub in their backyard. A backyard in serious need of a groundkeeper I must add.