Sammy (8527) - 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 (8354) - 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
Drake (8214) - 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.
jtclockwork (8184) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose and taste of oatmeal, roasted chocolate malts and freshly brewed coffee. Crunchy mouthfeel.
Benzai (8107) - 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.
Theydon_Bois (8102) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Max’s Taphouse, Baltimore - 22/05/12.
Very dark brown in colour verging on black with a medium beige head.
Heaps of chocolate on the nose, roasted malt a little coffee.
Taste as nose - hints of vanilla also/
Medium bodied, lowish carbonation, dry roasty finish.
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. rich reduced plum and inky / oily with dark chocolate and roast. medium-light body thinning late, turning a bit pasty and watery. bit rough and minerally over mid-palate and late. thinning finish with mild oatmeal flavor. decent but nothing special.
Dogbrick (7875) - 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.
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask as Velvet Merlin. From what I’ve heard this isn’t different from the Merkin. Pours with a lasting off white head over a murky deep brown body. Aromas of wood, brown sugar, cola, molasses, chocolate, earth, fudge and vanilla. Flavors of brown sugar, coffee, chocolate, wood, toffee and molasses. Really smooth and creamy. Light bubbles.
Earlier Rating: 1/4/2009 Total Score: 3.7
On tap at Stone. Pours with a black body with no head and no real lace. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is chocolate and floral with a light spiciness, light smokiness, and a light oak barrel character. Light bubbles and syrupy. Very enjoyable.
DocLock (7824) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Squat bottle from Blue Dog. Pours dark brown with 1-finger clingy tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt, cacao, mild coffee and oak. Tastes dry, with flavors of black patent malts, cacao, some hops, coffee, and a bit of earthy oak.