travita (3499) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark look, nice lacing head, black in color, light tan head. The smell is dry chocolate, malts, coffee, dry roasty bitterness. The taste is the same as the smell. Deep roastiness and real dry.
jrallen34 (3475) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at the CCB, 5oz tasting glass... Pours a dark black, really looks good. A medium tan head rises, nice ring, lacing could be better... The aroma has tons of roast and dark chocolate not bad, but a surprising and unpleasant amount of alcohol... The taste is why to dry and bitter, not a enjoyable taste or mouthfeel. It does show off some really nice chocolate notes, but Iíd rather not be drinking a liquid version of newly crushed coffee beans, same texture too.
This isnít bad, not something I would come back to though.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler via trade thanks to Sebletitje. CCB growlers donít seem to hold up too well when shipped, but this one was very good and well-carbonated.
Pours pretty much black, but not too thick, with a small tan head that lasts.
Aroma is very nice - roast and coffee dominate, and there is also an earthy aspect as well as a hint of chocolate.
Flavor is also mainly charcoal-like roast and coffee. The dark chocolate asserts itself more here, and there is definite earthiness and even a little wet dog (thatís a new one, huh?). Wet dog is one of my favorite beer flavors. A little anise as well.
Very dry on the palate with lasting drying from the roast. Finishes cleanly, and has medium body.
Overall, this is just excellent for a style that often isnít that exciting. Supremely drinkable. This probably wonít surprise most of you, but I had this next to a Guinness and it was not even close! The Guinness was way sweeter and less dry, more watery, and just less flavorful in general. Goes to show how good this beer is for the style.
drfabulous (3394) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler thanks to HOPSHUNTER. Flip top pops and BAM. Carbonation. Awesome. Peat. Chocolate. Cocoa. This may be the best dry stout Iíve had. Totally balanced. Hops leave a nice finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a very dark mahogany color with a translucent edge. A dark khaki colored head is small and smooth, and it leaves behind a good amount of splotchy lacing. The nose is dry and darkly roasted, showing bitter chocolate dark barley notes primarily. Clean, dark coffee roast notes compliment well, completing the simple but well executed aroma. Flavors again feature roasted barley and dry dark cocoa, with more toasted coffee notes and a finish of bitter, earthen hops. The palate is just about bone dry, medium bodied, and a bit over carbonated. It seems prickly or scratchy almost on the tongue. Overall, itís a decent little session stout, but thereís nothing ground breaking going on.
pantanap (3324) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cigar city patio. 32oz growler supplied by Adam... Pours a medium
stouty black pour, medium in consistency with a thin to medium soapy
light beige head... Aroma of cocoa and cbocoalte with a dry
roastiness. Fairly standard...Solid roasted malt and cocoa
characteristics while ending on a slightly bitter roasted note with a
touch if dryness. Medium sweetness overall. Light to medium bodied
with more towards the former. Solid for the style and drinkable
SHIG (3282) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from the taproom: Poured a deep oil black with tan head. Aroma was thick head on baker chocolate/cocoa. Taste is dry bakers chocolate some roasted characters. Finish is very dry on the palate and hit all the right notes for me.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at RBWG on a couple different occasions. This is a very mediocre Irish Stout. Overloaded with carbonic acid and astringency and a harsh minerality, and completely lacking in the light, airy drinkability and subtle vanilla and roast notes posited by the style. I really donít know what happened here. I could hardly finish my pint, and this is coming from an Irish Stout lover who was incredibly psyched to see this was on tap.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at stillwater grille. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Nice roasted malt notes on the nose. Big roasted malt notes on the tongue. Wow! Has just the right amount of mouthfeel. Finishes clean and tight. Very nice! One of the best in the style.
TheEpeeist (3057) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
32 oz growler from Redlight Redlight. Dark brown with a thin beige head. Nose is cola, hay and mocha with light smoke. Medium light with soft carb. Taste is coffee, brown sugar and club soda. Dry finish with hints of green olive.