jtclockwork (9685) - , 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.
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 wouldn’t notice it if I didn’t 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. I’ve always enjoyed a drier-like stout with oysters, and though I don’t 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 that’s 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.
decaturstevo (5303) - 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.
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.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 courtesy of billab914. Pours dark brown with a thin ring of bubbles. Smells of cherries, roasted malt, spicy, earthy. Tastes roasty with some cherry notes dominating. Enjoyable.
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Poured rather highly-viscous dark brown with a mega-deep brown head.. would’ve been a "5" if the head stuck around a little longer. The aroma picked up burnt molasses and black patent maltage upfront, with milk chocolate and light mineral notes accenting (although I probably wouldn’t have noticed the minerals in a blind tasting).. warm and chocolatey on the back.. I really dug the nose here. The flavor found black patent and sweeter, milky chocolates all the way through.. vanilla sweetness and a touch of coffee bitterness around.. slightly sour roasty coffee and milk chocolate on the finish. Medium-plus bodied with a nice, heavier feel on the palate.. dry-roasted with a great flow to it.. balance was right on. This was an excellent brew!
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!
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.
JFGrind (1871) - 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.
GranvilleTim (1730) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Lt. Dan for sharing at Dark Lord. Dark black pour with a tan head. Aroma was rich chocolate malt, roasted malt, and toasted malt. Taste was the same as the aroma, only better. Rich, oily chewy stout that coated your mouth with taste. I could taste a little burnt malt at the end.