awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz bottle. Dark chocolate colored body with a finger of thin bubbled, creamy tan head. Clean, toasty aroma of mild coffee and an earthy, rustic "oatiness". Very faint herbal hops. Notes of chocolate and raisin. The char character is restrained, allowing more of the subtle roast complexities to shine through. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a slick, chewy texture. This creates the impression of an aptly named, velvety texture to the mouthfeel, but is still pleasantly dry enough to maintain an enjoyable level of drinkability. The flavors bring out substantially more complexity than the aroma initially reveals. Flavors of light chocolate and raisin add a touch of sweetness up front on the palate, balanced by a toothy, toasted oat flavor. As the flavors develop, hints of vanilla and licorice begin to emerge. Very light hop flavor initially, but takes on an earthy character that melds nicely with the oat flavors. Pleasant flavors of licorice and dark chocolate linger in the finish. Impressively complex considering it’s modest size, but also crafted well enough to enjoy several glasses at a sitting.
tastybeer (1842) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black, tan head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of chocolate, espresso, roast, light prune. Taste is lightly bitter, dark chocolate, roast, coffee. Palate is slick, lightly bitter finish.
rosenbergh (8285) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Firestone Walker Barrelworks, Buellton, CA.
Dark brown colour with a big foamy tan head.
Roasted malt, vanilla and mild coffee in the aroma.
Roasted malt, dryness and mild coffee in the flavour.
A bit thin.
asheft (2678) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Rattle ’N’ Hum, NYC. Licorice, soy sauce, and mocha aroma with faint nuts and red fruit. Almost opaque garnet-black under a tan island and ring. Sweet mocha flavour with sweet licorice and horehound. Somewhat weak flavour, low bitterness. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth.
czar (5364) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours unclear dark brown, mahogany-purplish tint, with a nice reviving light beige cap, nice lacing. brown malts and nuts, burnt woodsy caramel, velvety oatmeal with its metallic touch, smooth milk chocolate - semi-sweet; some coffee bitterness, bit of earth and smoke. light carbonation, light to medium body - very creamy and fluffy mouthfeel; smooth resinous-woodsy-coffee finish. roasted grains/flakes forward. mineral. very nice palate. not really my genre, but tasty and nicely crafted.
Chadski4 (160) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and coffee aromas which then flow nicely into the flavors. Just the right amount of hoppy bitterness in the finish.
alliance100 (941) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - pours dark brown with thin tan head . Prominent cocoa aroma . Taste is light roast coffee , cocoa powder , with smooth palette. Solid stout .
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Savage_Night (57) - California, USA - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark rich brown with a brown/off white head. Head retention is poor. Aroma of malt, coffee, spice, clove, slight hop bitterness and caramel. Amazing flavors of coffee, caramel, vanilla, smoke, spice, chocolate, cereal, hop bitterness and slight pepper. Leaves a silky buttery feel in the mouth with a slight coffee after taste. This is a must try but it is limited so don’t delay.
DrunkSanta410 (526) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Luckys. Pours black, nice tan head, Aroma of cocoa, chocolate malts, coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate, smooth, slightly roasted malts. Velvety mouthfeel. Nice!
jahshuwuh (483) - USA - APR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cola color minimal light khaki head. Smells of chocolate, tobacco, malt. Taste is a smooth chocolate, grape, slight roastedness, caramel malt, coffee, very minor hops. Easy drinking, light mouth, minimal carbonation.
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mstrcrwly (603) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip..dark brown with a nice tan head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,roasted nuts..smooth,dry,roasty..really good.