ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Bottle - Thanks mikey711!!! Pours thick and almost black with a medium tan head that disipates quickly...aroma is fully of roasted grain, coffee and bitter chocolate...flavour is nicely balanced, ashy charcoal bitterness, semisweet cocoa, mineraly and slightly metallic, lightly tart fruitiness...finish is sweet dk malt and fairly rich...really enjoyed this one!
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - APR 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of dmac. Thanks Dave. Shared this with the east county crew by design. I had a feeling this one would be interesting and fun for everyone to try. I was pleasantly surprised immedietly by the dark liquid that flowed into our glass. Very thick, dark, oily small tan head. Aroma was malty, fruit, coffee, chocolate, raisin. Taste was outstanding. Well balanced. Little burn, very tasty. Almost no oyster flavor detected by me, but a few others said they could detect some. Overall really good and I am glad I got to try this.
JFGrind (1892) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The volumes of foam this beer produced in the glass had me thinking I cellared the bottle too long. The four finger head dissipated to reveal a black stout. Flavors of chocolate malt, dried fruit, low bitterness and a dash of salt. Shared with friends on a warm Spring evening. Exit 1 was good, full bodied stout. My palate thought it lacked the flavor to make it an excellent one.
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from both CAH and Caponeís. Pours onyx w 1f brown head. Nose is roasty dark malt and chocoff. Tastes of choc malt, dark choc syrup, raisins, hops, and damned if IU didnít get a mild clam juicey flavor in this, perhapss an homage to Yards Love Stout. Complex palate and a delicious beer.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love this stout. It has a cherry chocolate edge to it, a fresh chocolate malt aroma with a hoppy edge and the oysters give it a dryness which seem to balance out the other flavors. Perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness IMHO. Iím not a seafood person but could become one fast. The only aspect of this preventing perfection is a bit of a resiny tone in the finish.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by cbkschubert at Hellbillyís Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Pours a deep dark mahogany with a thin beige head. The nose is dark chocolate, minerals, roasty malt and coffee. The taste is charred caramel malt, ash, bakerís chocolate and some coffee in the finish. Medium bodied. Nice stout Ė thanks Craig!
decaturstevo (5342) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with tan head and lace. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Chocolate and toasted malt flavor. Silky body and smooth. Very nice.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. pours a dark brown but wet looking liquid with wet, bubbly brown suds atop. Nose is vibrant, sweet, chocolaty, but also a little salty (oyster?), toffee-like, nutty..in fact, for semi-low gravity stout (compared to what i usually like), it smells quite nice. Smooth, nutty & chocolate flavors and I wouldnít notice it if I didnít know and could probably just be making stuff up, but I notice a briny character from the oysters which does seem to compliment the other characteristics nicely. Iíve always enjoyed a drier-like stout with oysters, and though I donít have any oysters on me right now, I think this beer would be a good match. Body is a little lacking I guess, but not really for the style nor for pairing with oysters, so I guess thatís my fault for drinking too many imperial stouts and not many lower abv ones. Certainly a flaw free dryer stout with brinish/mineralic tendencies..not bad.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is light brine and brown sugar. Flavor is toasted malts with lots of nutty and burnt character. Ends with a light brine and soft floral notes that seem odd, but work.
jtclockwork (10260) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a mocha head. Nose is roasted malts and coffee beans. Taste is smooth chocolate and roasted malts and barley. Good stout, but missing something to make it great.