zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark brown, thin tan head. Aroma is smoky, meaty, and coffee. Flavor is smoky, malty, roasted nuts, coffee--doesn’t have a pine bite. Excellent stout, nicely blended and it’s more refreshing than Black Strap.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with brown edges and a dark tan cover. Aroma is highly roasty, coffee. Taste is again very roasty, astringent, coffee, some light chocolate, a bit rough.
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter. Served from a growler.
4.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of creamy light brown head with average retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.
5.0 S: Awesome nose! Coffee is strongest, then roasted barley, oats, and bittersweet chocolate. Hops are a plenty with a decent amount of citrus (though not overbearing like many hoppy dark beers), grass, and earth. I not sure whether this is a coffee stout or not, but it sure as hell seems like it since the coffee is so strong.
4.0 T: Taste is also pretty damn good. Coffee is abundant again, roasted barley, moderate hop bitterness, general citrus flavor, earthy and grassy hoppiness. Oats are strong and well received.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation, but a bit bity. Could be creamier, but other than that it’s just fine.
4.5 D: Really nice surprise offering from East End. This was listed as an oatmeal stout (black ipa) but it pretty much is just an oatmeal stout. It’s hoppier than a lot of straight up stouts, but it isn’t even close to black ipa hoppiness. Good roasty stout.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- Body is a dark brown nearly black hue. Some more translucent brown can be seen when held up to the light. Pours with a 1-2 finger tan head that eventually fades to a thin collar and little to no lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- The nose is quite interesting and contains a blend of citrus and roasted malt initially. The citrus fades pretty quickly and leaves impressions of coffee and vanila sweetness.
T- Initial flavor offers a slightly sweet coffee impression with roasted malt and vanilla, with a nice oatmeal backbone-but-there is a mild citrus hop flavor floating around in the initial flavor as well. The finish is moderate in strength and is pretty much all roasted malt. A mild roasted malt bitterness lingers.
M- Medium to high carbonation and a medium weight-slightly thin body-usually this isn’t the case with an oatmeal stout.
D- This is a very strange beer to me as most IPA/dark beer hybrids have and aspect of pine or hop bitterness to them-but this only has what seems to be a random citrus accent in the middle of a coffee/oatmeal stout-and as with a lot of other east end dark beers-roasted malt is the highlight. Decent, unique brew overall.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 12-29-2010 13:45:07
JaBier (6773) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewery. Darkest brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma is grassy and piney hop with some roast. Creamy malt and roast flavor with grassy hops and a roasty finish.
douglas88 (8148) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler bought at the brewery. Listed as a Oatmeal Stout and a Black IPA, it is certainly only the former. Pours a jet black hue with a medium brown head. A very nice nose of roasted coffee, grains, a earthy ashy note. The flavor is a smooth rich Oatmeal Stout; sweet milky and roasted coffee, ash and almost smoke, light chocolate. Nice.
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
jet black, thin tan ring on outside, creamy. Nose has creamy, milky oatmeal and coffee, manure. Flavor has light chocolate, heavy bitterness, bit more manure, then some light orange in the finish. Bit chalky, sugary finish, light body with fizzy carbonation.
Beerman6686 (6172) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. Aroma was fairly roasted, light chocolate with an abundance of citrusy hops. Flavor was more on the stout side than IPA, nice and roasted but not overly bitter, a bit dry, with medium hop bitterness and flavor. Decent.