rumproasts (4718) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap on nitro. Near black with one finger head. Chocolate, vanilla and mild root beer spicing. Very creamy and smooth. Actually preferred this by quite a bit to the 666.
mikem409 (1964) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Black with thin head.big vanilla aroma, some rootbeer. Taste is thick sweet spiced vanilla
ebone1988 (1020) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is root beer, vanilla, sweet malt, maybe chocolate, cinnamon. Appearance is dark brown, light tan head, thin. Taste is light root beer, cinnamon, spices, cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat flat, thin. Overall, meh.
koleminer20 (1857) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. Finally getting around to adding beers from the Ypsi Summer Beerfest! Enjoyed on July 25. The pour was more of a brown, with a thin tan head that dissipates incredibly quickly, leaving no lace. The aroma is quite different. There is a bit of light vanilla, which I like, and then a little spiciness and some sarsaparilla. Not the full on root beer like the BA version, but not bad. The flavor is very similar, though it does carry a little bit of a minty character. It’s also a bit more roasty than the aroma would insinuate. The mouth feel is definitely a bit light, with an underwhelming amount of carbonation. The aftertaste is more minty than anything else, maybe with a little vanilla. The BA version of this is much, MUCH better
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at Blue Monk, Buffalo NY. very interesting stout, root beer flavors with vanilla. slight roast. interesting flavors, nice stout
SpongeRuiner (1089) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Dark Horse 4 Elf Party. Very fresh wintergreen smell and also big in the taste. A lot of root beer flavors also.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2013 Tap: very nearly completely black with some deep brown at the edges, topped with a ruby-tan tinted micro-bubble head that fades instantly. Aroma contains strong notes of sarsaparilla root, ginger, & heavy menthol - the kind you get from Skoal Wintergreen or even Robatussin. Like root beer & medicine... Taste has lots of ginger, sassafras, light roast, & faint vanilla. Hints at "root beer" but the taste is not complete. Also, the menthol notes grow stronger with time, & this gets quite minty & medicinal... Wow, the barrel aged version is so much better. This stuff is not that good without barrel treatment.
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dan gave me the rest of his pour at GTMW 2013- thanks again, Dan! Pours a deep, opaque brown with a small tan head. Beautiful. Notes of vanilla beans, sarsaparilla (I didn’t know that’s how it was spelled), chocolate, and earth. A bit of roast, too. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry, sweet mouthfeel. Interesting stout.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the 2012 Michigan Brewer’s Guild Winter Beer Festival, Grand Rapids. Deep opaque brown-black body, thin off-white head. The nose and body were dominated by sarsaparilla, quite medicinal, with some coffee and roast in the background.
Tmoney99 (13070) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a black color with an average light brown head that diminished slowly and produced fair lacing. Heavy vanilla and caramel aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky creamy texture and flat carbonation. Full sweet toasted sweet malt flavor with a moderate sweet finish of moderate duration. Good brew.