tectactoe (716) - 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 (5208) - 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 (3111) - 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 (9640) - 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.
crackedmachine (446) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in Marshall. Black with a tan head. Aroma of sarsaparilla dominates, with more traditional roasted malt aroma in the background. Flavor, too, is dominated by sarsaparilla, like a very good root beer. Still, it is a definitely a stout, with plenty of mellow roasted malt and some mild vanilla. Not something I would drink often, but it comes together well with a really interesting mix of flavors.
wmubronco1992 (565) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Dark Horse 4 Elf release party. Pours black with big tan head. Very nice lacing. Aroma of sarsaparilla. Flavor of the same with a lot of smoke. The rootbeer aroma jumps out at you and is unique, however in the tradition of the other Dark Horse stouts what seperates this beer is its nice body, lots of chewiness. Very impressive smoky finish. It may be different enough not to be mainstream, however if its ever bottled I will happily pick up a six pack of it.
ICEatALAMO (784) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint at the brewery. Wow, talk about bring surprised! This was a very good stout. The aroma of vanilla is inviting to say the least. Then the taste just tops it off. You can taste the floral of the sarsaparilla and it is unique. I don’t rate many beers high on palate, but this was probably the most satisfying from that standpoint. Too bad they don’t offer growlers.