b3shine (5343) - Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro draft to taster. Looks good; a translucent dark cola with creamy light beige nitro head. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, and a bit of roast. Tastes like it smells with a solid mouthfeel that’s on the creamy side. Enjoyable.
Tmoney99 (10584) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample Nitro. Poured black color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Good roasted coffee dark malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry smooth texture with fizzy carbonation. Moderate toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. Solid drinkable dry stout.
shrubber85 (7557) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Coffee and dark chocolate malt aroma. Black and small head. Chocolate, coffee malt and light bitter hay flavor. Nice body. Very tasty.
jhp40219 (303) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro draft, on tap at Holy Grale. Pours black with a small creamy tan head that leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is huge coffee, roasted malts and chocolate up front with black licorice in the background. Long dry finish of roasty malts and chocolate. Full bodied, thick and creamy palate, slightly higher than average carbonation. Reminds me a lot of Schlafly’s Coffee Stout. Certainly much better than most other dry stouts I’ve had. And it’s sessionable too! Very good!
Nero55 (714) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Black with medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Light body with roasted malt, chocolate, and some fruity ester notes with a dry finish.
chinchill (1801) - South Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Stampin’ ground stout on nitro tap at Country Boy [5.5% and 4.8% listed in pub]
Pours black; opaque; durable light tan head
Near creamy smooth, near full body, medium carbonation is a bit lively for style.
Flavor: dark malts with chocolate and a touch of spices
Mild aroma of dark roasted malts and chocolate.
O: good looking but otherwise not particularly special
theisti (3219) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shaker pint nitro draft at the brewery in Lexington, Kentucky. The pour is an opaque brown black with a light tan head. The aroma is somewhat stale coffee, roast malt, whisper of sweet, somewhat vanilla. The taste is the roast up front, the coffee notes and the finish features a mix of sweet vanilla and black licorice. The palate is medium bodied, with the soft nitro mouth feel. The softly bitter coffee taste carries the finish. Decent take on the style that I am admittedly too critical of.
Drake (8442) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2014 Kentucky Fried Charleston Trip Beer #19. Draft at the brewery. Nitro. Pours a dark brown color with a thin head that fades quickly. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, mild hops. Thin-medium bodied, smooth.
Brigadier (2935) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
This was on nitro. A respectable stout drinks as well as many other local session beers. I would not go out of your way to get the rate. However if you happen to be near Lexington or somewhere where it is on tap then sample on the best breweries in the Kentucky scene.
Aroma / Appearance - A creamy deep black base retains a tan head. Smoky malts, coffee, and a nice licorice base hover in the air like the smell of morning dew. Soft on the senses it earns it respect incrementally instead of trying to smash you over the head with complexity.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy vanilla tickles the tongue. A carbonated mouthfeel could be partly attributed to the nitro. Black coffee and malts transition to a pleasant finish. For a dry stout this is a much better alternative to any of the mass produced offerings. I’d drink it again if I were in the area.
rlpeeler (85) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - OCT 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap nitro. Black slight beige head. Mild taste of malt with caramel predominating no bitter. Taste is a bit thin and doesn’t fill the palate...not unpleasant but not the body of a better stout. Still a good effort and not unpleasant.