Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run, 5/24/14. Pours a dark brown color with a large tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of nutty notes, chocolate, roast, oats, mild hoppy finish. The taste is chocolate, roast, dark fruits, roasted malts, mild coffee and a touch of vanilla. Thin-medium bodied, smooth, low carbonation, mild lingering bitterness. Quite a nice beer.
Benzai (9802) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from bottle @ CBC 2013. Opaque pitch black color, small off - white head. Smell and taste malts, roasted malts, lightly coffee, bitter, oatmeal. Medium body, medium carbonation.
hopdog (9642) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. On Nitro. Dark brown pour with a smaller sized off white head. I would have put this as an oatmeal stout. Lots of oats, with chocolate, roast,wood, and some vanilla. Bitter chocolate in the finish.
Sammy (9350) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours thickish black with a slow dissipating creamy head. The taste is akin to the St. Ambroise: highlighting the bitterness, bulked up mouthfeel. Though still good drinkability. Leaving a moderate bitter coffee aftertaste. Malty and roast aroma.
GT2 (9265) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2014 > The superlative easy to find, cheap, low abv roasty stout
[ Bottle ][ Texas Liquor ][ 12oz ][ $1.50 ][ Russian River Nonic Pint ][ 4/29/14 ]
>> This beer is do for a re-rate as it has improved dramatically over the years to become one of the best stouts on the market for the money and for the abv. It is dark, it has a rocky mocha head. The aroma is robust with mild coffee, smoke, cocoa powder, dark chocolate. Taste is bitter, never thin, with powerful roast and a silkier, dense body that puts many RIS to shame. Really, this is a masterpiece that we should all appreciate more.
355mL courtesy of argo0. This poured a deep brune with a medium tan head. Aroma of smoked meat, really a massive amount of smokiness. Taste is roasty, some milk chocolate, light, some tart lemon coming through. Fairly thin on the palate. No bourbon comes through. 12/21/2010 7/4/6/4/13=3.4
Dogbrick (9185) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample on Day 2 of the Aces & Ales Strong Beer Festival on 08/13/2011. Cola-colored pour with a medium light beige head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Pours black with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma of malt and coffee, along with a touch of chocolate. Medium, creamy body with flavors of mocha, mild hops and malt. The finish is sweet milk chocolate. Above average overall.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010
Coffee roast aroma. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate strong in alcohol hoppy and fruity with a hint of dryness in a bitter coffee roast finish.
crossovert (8910) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A smooth, easy drinking stout that is perfect for any occasion. Rocks a Guinness.
mcberko (8737) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, slightly sweet oats, a little bourbon and vanilla - the roasted malt is most pronounced though. Flavour matches accordingly, with the slightly sweet roasted malts and burnt flavours upfront. Not much presence of the bourbon barrel aging, thought there is maybe a subtle oak and vanilla character buried underneath somewhere. Palate is velvety as the name suggests. Very solid oatmeal stout.
arminjewell (8522) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep black with thin to no tan head from 12 oz bottle. Aroma brings notes of char, ash, some roast, burnt toast, coffee, some sweet vanilla and toffee, hints of anise in there as well with hints of chocolate as well. Taste is much more balanced without much of the char and ash, still hints of that in the beginning mingle with some chocolate, coffee, some sweet toffee, vanilla and hints of bourbon come through finishing with a nice mix of sweet, bitter, and slightly dry. Medium bodied with a nice fine carb. Well done, especially for the price!