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.
Nate (3800) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler, courtesy of TJ. Roasted and smoky patent malts, chocolate, molasses, coffee; woody with vanilla. Mild acidic smoky notes. Dark black opaque with cocoa-colored foamy lacing head. Heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Starts fairly dry with tons of roasted-bitter malt, chocolate, molasses sweetness and light acrid bitterness. Big rich bitter chocolate and smoky sweet finish with light bitter coffee after. Smooth.
DavoleBomb (1487) - 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.
douglas88 (6590) - 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.
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours black with thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and some pine. Creamy mouthfeel with decent bitterness from roast malt and hops.
artmcd8 (1922) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from East End Festival of Darkness. Smokey aroma. Pours black. Clean bitter finish. Thin mouth feel though.
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dpjuart (1092) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy Nate from growler. Pours black with brown head. Chocolate nose, roast and just a touch of dark fruit. Lots of roast, mild milk quality, sweet chocolate, some fruit. Pretty solid.
Beerman6686 (4842) - 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.
JaBier (5080) - 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.
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.