Itzjerm (1578) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark coffee. quick fading head Farley thick mouthfeel. Vanilla comes through a little. Bitter sweet.
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Trev (1985) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour, tan tight creamy head.
Aroma is vanilla, coffee, nice roasted malt.
Flavour is dark fruit, lighter body than expected. Coffee and vanilla. Decent enough.
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suprchunk (2510) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour. Big frothy tan head. Tons of lacing. Huge roasted malt and coffee aroma with some chocolate. Milk chocolate and coffee taste with a bit of vanilla.
islay (1378) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz. can, consumed on 6-4-14. Musty, dusty, dry aroma features coffee, tar, cigarettes, and, especially, poop. Notice that all of those scents are unpleasant (including coffee -- yuck!), although this beer smells not quite as bad as those things do (but, make no mistake, it does smell bad). Also s’mores and bran muffins scents. Pours a dark brown with a large amount of thick, fluffy, tan head. Cola-like appearance in the liquid. Produces good lacing. Looks good. Quite sweet amd milky taste features flavor elements of chocolate milk, minerals, sugar, chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, and vanilla. Melon and peach in the finish. None of the offputting elements of the aroma make it into the flavor. Lightly dry, slightly chemical-y aftertaste. Light body. Soft and frothy in the palate. Insubstantial palate effects. Finch’s Secret Stache Stout tastes very good but smells like a New York bar bathroom. It also looks good but has a subpar palate. That makes it hard to evaluate overall. It is unusual, and I do give it credit for uniqueness, at least among American sweet stouts (I suspect some old-fashioned English examples of the style share some similarities). I try to score the various elements of a beer separately, and I am perfectly willing to ding a tasty beer for smelling, in this case, literally like shit.
Nsanders (670) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Near black and with a thin khaki head. Light roast coffee, malt powder, vanilla beans and milk chocolate. Has a sweet malted milk ball start with a light coffee bitterness. Medium body with a creamy feel.
coyforce (621) - Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Flavor is a malty roasted grain but the aftertaste contains a vanilla base. Pour is dark black but the head is non-existant.
ryanscourt (870) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and creamy. Good chocolate flavors. Heavy but light alcohol. Very nice beer that is packed with flavor but very approachable compared to some bigger stouts.
50belair (2806) - Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can I think (didn’t put it in my notes). Dark brown pour with a brown head. DArk roasted malt aromas. Sweet with vanilla and roasted malt notes. Good body and mouthfeel.
Ed5388 (2455) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
16oz can shared by JohnGonk. Pours black with a small creamy copper head. Aroma of dark chocolate, caramel, leather, roasted malt, and vanilla. Taste of burnt black malt, coffee, caramel, and vanilla.
kidobutai (484) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a tap. May have been the pour, but very little head. Incredibly dark black beer, 0 translucence. Good texture, decent lacing. Very subtle coffee aroma, but strong going down the throat. I thought the ABV was much higher. Chocolate notes at the end.