BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sad that I had to get this beer in a shipment from Denmark, but every time I went to stores here in the states that carried OHaras other beer, they never would have the stout in stock, so thanks Mads for allowing me finally stop seeking out this beer: A deep rusty brown topped by a small but lasting creamy tan head and some lace. The aroma has notes of ashy and mocha malt, freeze dried coffee, hint of bacon, cashews, and yes, it has a peaty and yeasty ester "olde world Irish" vapor.
Sadly the taste does not match the nose with a simple sweet malt and light hop and charred bitterness. Not bad but surely it is lacking any depth at all. After the 1st few tastes, you have all the info you will ever need about this beer. Some lactic tones throughout as well. The palate is a chalky and lame mess.
There are better Irish Dry Stouts out there, NONE ARE MADE in Ireland. God, that country could use a real microbrewery. I bless that upon my Irish beer brethern.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Attractive appearing beer, pouring rich black color with a nice well retained tan head. Aroma has some chocolate, but that is subjagated by some sour, bitter aromas. Harsh bitter flavor like raw, unsweetened chocolate. Doesn’t taste roasted, more like burned or something. Gotta agree with Sean, disappointing.
aewilson74 (14) - Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz bottle: A great beer. If it wasn’t so expensive I would buy it more often. Great stout.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer pours a dark brown to mahogany red color with a thin bubbly tanned head which died fairly quickly with little lacing. The aroma is woody, chocolatey in the nose with a hint of hops but at some points it literally smelled like a well-taken care of port-a-potty, and there is no such thing if you’re trying to think too hard about that..... The flavor is extremely bitter and provides absolutely zero balance to the beer. Cardboardy malt finish mixed with piney hoppy mid-sip. Carbonation is present yet the body is paper thin. Some smoke in the finish, but overall incredibly disappointing.
onystrom (1329) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - APR 4, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark red color with great head. Watery with a slightly burnt flavor. Hint of chocolate.
Stew41 (1822) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well made dry stout style. Dark brown in the glass with a very small dark coffee coloured head. Dry nose, some roasted touched, subdued. Dry palate, some fizz, slightly metallic malts but nothing to worry about. Perhaps needs a touch more intensity but there’s no doubting the structure as a dry stout style.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Drank this as a tribute to the old Irishman, Jim Calhoun. At first, I was doubting it’s potential, but I guess it did it’s job after all. As a beer, though, it’s really nothing special. Very watery. Very thin. Not bad, mind you, just not much of anything. I guess there’s a bit of chocolate and very mild roasted malts in the mouth, but that’s about it. Smooth going down, and not as bitter as I had expected. Not bad.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Heavy tan head, high carbonation, black body. Nice sweet aroma, very smooth, somewhat like milk chocolate. Bacon taste in the body, some smoked quality as well, hops are present. Bitter ending, probably from roasted malts.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark black color with a medium creamy brown head that lasts for a while. Chocolate, roasted malt and coffee aromas. Very bitter strong coffee flavor.
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Virtually opaque black, with a foamy brown head (fairly good retension).
Heavily roasted malt aroma of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruit, spices and bitter hops.
Flavor reflects aroma, albeit somewhat dryer, with a slightly bitter cold coffee roasted aftertaste.
Moderate carbonation, medium body. A nice smooth stout.