drjay44 (2440) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler, shared with Gabe. Pours a medium, average duration, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear dark brown (SRM 35) body....nose is coffee, chocolate, light cereal....taste is coffee, lighter chocolate, moderate bitter finish....mouth feel medium, slightly chewy, carbonation moderately high, giving a fizzy quality. This is obviously a Stout. However, the heavy roasted malts mean the coffee aromas and flavors dominate over much. Additionally the hop bitterness is light for an "American" style. Finally, it is on the simple side. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
taster tray at Dry Dock on 11/19/11. pitch black pour with 1/2" tan head - creamy. med roast nose with light chocolate. med body, average level of roast, light chocolate malt, light coffee. semi-dry finish with a light astringency, chocolate and coffee.
ScorpyX (18) - USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
App: Pours very dark, nearly black. A dark tan head settles at the top. Leaves a good amount of lacing behind.
Ar: Smells like dark, roasted chocolate with quite a bit of sweetness. A hint of wood scent in there as well.
T: That roasted chocolate is at the forefront, with some toasty malt and coffee notes as well. A good amount of bitterness follows and lingers after swallow.
P: As one might expect for a stout, pretty thick and heavy, though the sharp carbonation helps balance it a little. Definitely good for the cooler nights.
O: I tried this the first time and fell in love. Fans of winter stouts can find a lot to like here.
arminjewell (5583) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is thick black with nice tan head on tap at the brewery, aroma brings notes of anise, some raisin, roast, hints of toffee and chocolate as well as a touch of grass. Taste is nice anise and roast, touch of bitter bakers chocolate, hints of earthy grass, finishing fairly bitter. While not my favorite type of stout it is well done.
onceblind (3539) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap @ brewery. Heavy opaque dark brown with a thin khaki head that lasted a while and left great lace. Aroma was confusing. I’m getting spruce, pine, black licorice, and some sort of burnt food tone...hard to describe. Taste was just as odd. Burnt malt, some kind of wood, hot dog, and a weird black licorice note. Not keen on this one.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Tap @ brewery. Black appearance with a creamy, light brown head. Very roasty, slightly burnt dark malty, light char aroma. Burnt, deep malty, charred, dark coffee, mild chocolate flavor. Very roasty.