Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color with a medium head. Slightly sweet and chocolaty aroma. Hint of hops and a smooth malt flavor with chocolate undertones. slightly hoppy smoked finish. A great beer.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in color, and has a sweet malt character. Roasty too. Nice head retention. Very good. Its a pleasant stout to drink.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black color with medium head from a growler. Big malt aroma along with sweet chocolate. Taste is just like the aroma. Full bodied without the chocolate overtaking everything else. A bit of hop bitterness and coffee. Medium bodied and very drinkable.
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
4 ounce sample on tap at the brewpub. Dry. roasted cocoal aroma with some mild grapefruity bitter hoppiness present as well. Mostly opaque dark brown color with a small tan head. Slight sweet start, turning very roasted, chocolatey with some coffee notes. Very rich and silky. Nice smooth finish with some mild hopped bitter finish. Pleasant.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - Pours a dark black color with a hint of brown around the edge with a finger of creamy off-white/tan head. The head had very good retention and nice lacing on the glass.
S - Aroma has some burnt caramel/chocolate malt aromas. Also mixed in is some lactate sweetness.
T - Lots of roasted caramel malts. Also a little bit of milk sweetness in the background. Through the middle some really deep roasted flavors come through alongside some chocolate malts. Finish is very roasty and malty and lingers very nicely.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with a little bit of a milky feel and a very nice and dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. Could use a touch more flavor, but the flavors that are there are well balanced. The mothfeel and finish are really nice and pleasant.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasty nose. Dark beer with tan head. Roasty, yet sweet malt. Very pleasant, drinkable stout.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown (close to black) with a thin tan head. Taste is smoky goodness - big malt character, tiny bit of a kick, finishes pretty dry. Definitely worth a try.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at the brewpub 4/9/2005. I enjoyed that they proudly served this without nitrogen. Small greyish-beige head, rapidly dissipating, above a dark brown-black body. Aroma is quite good for a style which usually has trouble mounting much of an aroma, especially out of a convex glass in a brewpub. Licorice, mocha, sweet chocolate and light caramel, with a strong sense of vanilla beans. Flavor is fairly strong initially, with chewy choco-vanilla notes, turning in to light coffee and a lightly chewy caramel and barley malt flavor on the end. No hops and low carbonation, but enough to add some decent texture. Not overly watery, one of the least watery I have tried of the style, anyways. Another sample of this proved to be somewhat less enjoyable, as I drank the whole pint. Perhaps the chocolate just got a little boring and there is no yeastiness. Still a very enjoyable beer, and probably my favorite of the seven I tried while there.
CapFlu (4501) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught) At the brewery. Thin, beige head and a near opaque, reddish body. Nose of fresh ground coffee with cocoa. Strogn coffee. Thin and unidimensional. Yawn....
beerbill (3378) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler filled at the Albany Pump Station and consumed the next day. Pours very dark brown, just about black, with a thin off-white head that lasted through the first sip and left very little lace. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with a bit of chocolate and some mild smoke. The flavor is roasted malt, toasted bread crust and some ash with an ashy, somewhat dry finish. Thin-medium bodied.