radagast83 (4131) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at World of Beer, Fort Myers. Poured a black-brown color with a small creamy tan head. Aroma was creamy, roasted malts, light roasted coffee notes. Light chocolate malt, good roasted qualities, light earthy hop notes - very smooth and enjoyable. Once I said the name a few times, I got it. Hey, I was drinking.
Aurelius (3908) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Whole Foods, TLH, nitro tap. Pours tarry black with a melted-mocha-ice-cream head. Very dry, only lightly bitter. Toasted soy notes, slightly earthy, muted roast. Very, very smooth and sessionable. Mouthy, but not burdensome.
tkrjukoff (3896) - SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
CCB Tap Room. Pours pitch black with a small tanned head leaving lace. Aroma is roasted licorice malty fruity and coffee. Flavor as aroma, acidy, great bitterness. Good balance. Finshes dry roasted bitter.
Beerman6686 (3870) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This one poured a darker brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of dark chocolate, cocoa, and toffee. Flavor was similar, not very sweet, dry, good example of the style for sure.
travita (3693) - 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.
drfabulous (3646) - 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 I’ve had. Totally balanced. Hops leave a nice finish.
jrallen34 (3478) - 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 I’d rather not be drinking a liquid version of newly crushed coffee beans, same texture too.
This isn’t bad, not something I would come back to though.
SHIG (3449) - 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.
nickd717 (3403) - 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 don’t 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 (that’s 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 isn’t that exciting. Supremely drinkable. This probably won’t 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.
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, it’s a decent little session stout, but there’s nothing ground breaking going on.