larryLSB (508) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from 12 oz., picked up at Trader Joe’s. Poured a nice dark brown with a large tan head. Nice roasty nose, complex, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel was indeed creamy, full and heavy bodied, with a nice long finish. What I like most was that you often have a higher alcohol beer with something as good as this.
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is dark brown - high, fizzy carbonation - a fair amount of tan lace - nose of espresso, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, a bit of hard water mineral/chalk - the carbonation is a bit too high at first, not giving you themcreamy texture you really want, but it settles after a while and is a little more mellow - a tiny bit watery, but the flavor is good - medium dry and moderately bitter - baker’s chocolate and espresso - a bit of vanilla and anise - slight mineral - dry, semi-tart finish, with a touch of earthy, woody character - opens up considerably as it warms, adding a warm, spicy character - a damn fine stout, just needs a tad more heft to launch it into awesome territory.
dmac (5589) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Dean. Poured a super dark brown body of medium density under an average sized light beige super tight bubbly head. Aroma of oats, grassy hops, chocolate, bread crusts, milk and a slight hint of metal. Body is a bit on the thin side with very strong carbonation and an average duration on the finish. Flavor of grass, chocolate, lactose, tobacco, earth, nut shells. Very solid aroma/flavor but the palate is to thin/carbonated.
RSRIZZO (1949) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 45°. Color is black with light carbonation and a thin wispy head. Aroma is an earthy roasted malt scent. it has a mild medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is deeply roasted with coffee notes, chocolate and a mellow bitterness. After taste is a mellow lingering bitterness. Overall it’s just an ok Stout, seems a little light and they (Firestone Walker Brewing) say its an Oatmeal Stout, so its just not as creamy I think as it should be.
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a creamy, brown head. Quite roasty, dark chocolate, oaty, espresso, roasty aroma. Creamy dark chocolate, light espresso, oats, cocoa, roasty dark flavor. Slightly burnt, roasty, cocoa aftertaste. Fuck this is good.
MattH (781) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour. Nice flavor of chocolate and coffee. Great smooth mouthfeel. Velvet would be a good description.
Ernest (7320) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, cocoa powder), with light notes of chalk and vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Perfectly serviceable stout, but admittedly rough around the edges and lacking in depth and finesse. This is an ordinary "everyday" variety of brew that isn’t trying to be much, and while that shows in both the simple/powdery/chalky nose and thin-ish/watery mouthfeel, it’s still drinkable if that’s all the occasion requires.
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, amber on the edges, tan head, good retention. Sweet roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate & coffee. Medium body, light carbonation. Starts off sweet then slowly moves to dry and mildly bitter balancing it all out. Pretty good stuff.
Headbanger (3848) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle 9/30/11 (Courtesy of RSRIZZO)-44° in English Pint-Pours black with a one finger tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and slight bourbon. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. Nice job.
StefanSD (2371) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a nearly opaque black color with a small tan head. The aroma features chocolate, mocha and spices. The flavor is similar to the aroma lots of chocolate and mocha nicely counterbalanced by spicy hops. The palate is full, smooth and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Kick ass stout.