ChadPolenz (1622) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a 12oz bottle in a trade with StumpyJoeJr (thanks, Ryan!). Poured into a tulip glass.
A: Black through and through, a few spots of ruby red on the bottom. Great head - dark tan, creamy/frothy, good rentention and lacing.
S: Sweet-smelling with notes of candy chocolate, sugary coffee and cream. Not very roasty or toasty, though.
T: Very very close to Samuel Smthís Oatmeal Stout. Gentle sweetness in the beginning and middle. Ending and aftertaste are slightly roasted malts with bakerís chocolate and light coffee flavor and bitterness. Aftertaste is pleasant, but doesnít last very long, which is fine in a more sessionable-type stout.
M: Noticeably soft, medium-thickness. Slightly higher in carbonation than Iíd expect - this beer had me burping.
D: The first thing I noticed before the taste was just how velvety smooth it was from start to finish. This beer just glides across the tongue. The 5.5% ABV makes it highly drinkable for beer drinkers of all experience levels.
Overall, a very impressive stout because itís so tasty and smooth. Not quite as robust or energetic as I prefer in bigger, more imperial-like stouts, but an impressive beer nevertheless.
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pitch black pour with nice tan head. Pretty good retention. Very pretty beer. Nose is big chocolate, coffee, and some grains. Taste is great with a wonderful balance of chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a little bit of oat. Mouthfeel was fabulous. Very creamy and smooth with the right amount of carbo. Very well balanced brew.
doughanson78 (5) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2011 does not count
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First Firestone Walker beer. 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.
Ar: Not a big aroma at all. Smells like the inside of a Quaker oatmeal container. VERY light chocolate scent.
App: Very dark, but not totally black. Light comes through around edges and bottom of glass. Kind of a dark redish tint where light comes through. Fluffy one finger head. Slightly off white with only small tight bubbles. Head dies down to thin layer but doesnít disappear. Fairly good lacing.
T: Nice roasted flavor. Light coffee. Mild sweet chocolate. Nice oaty finish. Very mild hop bitterness.
P: Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Smooth but not Velvety.
O: Been hearing great things about Firestone Walker. Had a sip of their Double Jack and was impressed. Got a few of their brews, including the Parabola. Not super impressed with this one. Itís decent but thereís definitely many better.
MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head with good retention. Aroma is roasted grain, leather, brown sugar and a hint of vanilla. Roasty burnt malt flavor, some light bittering on the finish. Definitely salty, chocolate, licorice, and toasted grain flavors. Medium bodied with a lasting flavor. Tasted from the bottle @ 57F.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to funkybrewster. Pours a very dark brown, creamy, with a fine frothy head. Very roasty aroma with just a bit of creamy vanilla oatmeal, nothing striking about the aroma but well balanced. Flavor follows, very well balanced, plenty of roast, dark cookie, noticeably hopped, not really citrus but certainly fuggles, little bit slick, quicker finish with a bit of acidity. Medium bodied, sharp carbonation, slightly creamy slick oily. Really solid beer but doesnít get me going.
VertBaconStrips (2292) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Horse Brass back in Nov 2010. Ultra dark brown brew with a decent ultra light brown, silty ring. Vanilla nose with chocolate, almond, coffee, cream, oak and roasted malts. OK aroma of roasty things with bitter chocolate and vanilla. Had a long bitter and drying finish. Just a bit better than average. Then again , itís 10:30AM...
cgarvieuk (20415) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home ... solid black ... thin tan head ... sweet toffee... little oatmeal nose ... little fizzy ... deep roast malts ... little chocolate ... soft smooth oats ... roast toffeee .malts ... quite nice.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz Bottle direct from the cellars of Daknole. Nice dark pour with a thin head. Chocolate and coffee with some cinnamon. Delicious!
MikeyMalts (64) - Davis, California, USA - MAY 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. btl bought from Nugget Market. Poured into tall tulip glass. Pours a dark brown/black with a tan colored head. Some carbonation still apparent after dissapation. Aroma is heavy with coffee, toffee, molasses and chocolate. Taste first starts off with the subtle bitterness that coffee endures. Well balanced sweetness met with pleasant bitterness. Smooth and creamy on the palate, aftertaste of roasted malts and coffee beans. I would def buy this again when able to, a quality beer that comes in 6pk form.
Ughsmash (7506) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured deep cola brown with a fine cap of tan head.. looked good in the glass. The aroma was sweet and very toasty, with black malts, chocolate, and vanilla leading the way.. sweet and decadent. The flavor found very lightly-smoked black malts and smooth rolled oats at the core.. vanilla was laced throughout.. just a kiss of bourbon accented perfectly on the back-end.. delicious stuff! Medium-bodied and well-balanced on the palate.. very smooth feel to it.. loved it!