Darkmagus82 (1898) - - OCT 8, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-31-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a one finger of brown head. The head fades almost instantly to leave a light level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a roasted malt smell mixed with a nice heavy coffee smell. Along with these aromas are some sweeter aromas of a caramel nature mixed with a little bit of a vanilla smell. A little bit of a chocolate aroma mixes with the rest producing a rather nice and sweet dark smell.
Taste – The taste begins roasty and sweet with a good level of caramel and vanilla sweetness as well a nice roasted malt base. As the flavor advances some lighter flavors of a coffee nature come to the tongue, which start out quite light, but gains intensity as the flavor moves more toward the end. Along with this, a little bit of cocoa sweetness comes to the tongue being complimented nicely by the sweeter flavors of the beer. With a lighter flavor of char also joining the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a nice roasty and sweet flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation level is very nice for the roasted, cocoa and coffee flavors of the brew, nicely enhancing all the more intense flavors. A little thicker of a body may have been even better for the brew, but overall, at only 5.3% abv., the body was quite appropriate.
Overall – For an only 5.3 % abv brew, this beer packs quite the flavor punch. A nice and tasty “session style” stout.
AmEricanbrew (6172) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz can@ trailer. Black body with lasting light tan foam. Nice deep roast malt, ashy, earthy dirt, leathery aromas. Smooth slick mouthfeel. Dark roast malt, dark chocolate, ashy flavors with some vanilla sweetness to balance____soothing deep roast malt finish----very tasty.
EithCubes (5138) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint can. Nose heavy mocha and roast, lactose, very sweet and possibly oily, even has some mild but very meaty smoke. Some dark chocolate, but man, the smoke is the best! Body pours just a shade under pitch inky black, with a rocky light brown head. Watery light body but ultra-smooth, minimal bitterness but,. surprisingly, also pretty dry; heavier chocolate and weaker coffee, still some roast but beanier and light fruit; lactose is used more as a balancer than a peacock’s feather. Fruit comes out more with warmth and volume, could be enough to drive this into the mid-fours on any given night. Soft and ultra-smooth, again, just super drinkable!
Erikh04 (136) - - SEP 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a can to a pint glass. Fantastic stout. Thick, smokey, and smooth. Will definitely get again.
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JStax (3346) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can poured into a big snifter. Pours dark brown color with a khaki head of foam. Moderate retention. The aroma has coffee grounds, vanilla, roast, dark chocolate, and a hint at some cinnamon. The taste is roasty and sweet with a very pleasant dark chocolate presence.Creamy, silky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Very good beer.
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours almost black, finger thick creamy tan hard, medium lacing. Aroma roast, vanilla bean, toasted malt, milk chocolate, earthy, slight coffee with cream and sugar. Taste slight bitter earthy, coffee, roast and toasted malt, vanilla bean, earthy, roasty and coffee finish. Mouthfeel creamy, slight roast astringency, full body, low carbonation, slightly dry finish. Overall very tasty, complex, this is my favorite lower abv stout, beautiful 16oz can as well, try this.
Travlr (14210) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Dark brown color. Aroma of dark bittersweet cocoa. Taste is unmotivated cocoa (OK, I’m having trouble reading my own handwriting), espresso. Nice full body.
BeerdedDave (629) - - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
black color with a tan head; aroma is chocloate, vanilla, coffee, and roasted malt; a nice, smooth stout with a medium bodied roasted malt base with notes of espresso, and chocolate, and hints of vanilla; luckily they did not overdo the vanilla as so many brewers tend to do
LuckyDog (484) - - AUG 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a really great stout. Roasted notes. Not a strong hop bite. One of the best stouts I’ve had in a long time.
drowland (6517) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/22/14. 16oz can from Five Points. This certainly showed up in Valdosta randomly. Deep black pour with a nice tan head that looks good at first but fades to nothing but a ring and very minimal lacing pretty quickly. I’m more than halfway through my glass and I see just hardly little spritzes of ringed, webbed lacing after certain drinks. For whatever reason the aroma screams soy sauce to me - meaty, savory, salty in a way - followed by a bit of ashiness and dark chocolate. I can’t say I’m scoping much vanilla out of this on the aroma at least. I’ve been contemplating this brew as I go, and what strikes me is the dry acidity of an Irish stout but fuller bodied and with a huge ashy aspect on top of that meaty, salty, soy sauce aspect I found in the aroma. The lactose serves to smooth it out a bit and sweeten the mid-palate as well as leave a really nice creamy slickness on my tongue that I’m actually enjoying quite a bit. This may also partially because of the pairing with vanilla in there, which comes through a touch in the flavor (definitely more than I was finding in the aroma). Well, I suppose I’ll finish my 4-pack, but I don’t see myself seeking this out in the future. Not bad.