corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque without even the slightest bit of lighter hues when held to a light source and a frothy dark chocolate neige/brown head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Large chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.
Dark roasted malt aroma with lots of chocolate, burnt toast, biscuit, licorice, and a slight salty presence. The aroma isnít as roasty as I expected but there is still a slight coffee presence along with some nut and subtle saltiness.
Toasty medium body with lots of roasted chocolate malt, burnt toast, licorice, oatmeal and toffee. Thereís also a good bit of coffee bean that adds to the smokey/roastiness. The body is slightly thin but itís still pretty complex and very drinkable considering how roasty the malt profile is. There is a subtle saltiness(from the oysters) thT is not overpowering but compliments the chocolate and roasted notes very well. Slight lactic creaminess provides nice balance and makes it pretty quaffable. Probably the best beer Iíve had yet from Flying Fish.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I just got back from a freezing cold off-road bike ride to find that my neighbor Adam dropped off a glass of this for me. Sweet!! Blackish brown body, light brown thin creamy head. aroma of deep roasted chocolate malt, light coffee, and m&m candy. lively carbonation, flavor is a little tangy and grassy with roasted coffee and chocolate malt. some mild toffee flavor and then a mild bitter hop finish. aftertaste is warming chocolate malt. very good. Thanks Adam!
thirdeye11 (5394) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
( 750ml bottle thanks to BMan1113VR) Pours near black with oily tan head. Nice coating on the glass. Nose of coffee, salt, cocoa. Taste of semi-sweet chocolate, cream, roastiness with a nice thick creamy finish.
mar (4664) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. poured black with a khaki head. nose is roasted malts, chocolate and cream. nice thickness with a flavor of roasted chocolate, malts and light smoke.
Cavie (3672) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of BMan1113VR. Dark black pour with a tan head. Light aroma. Some roasted notes but otherwise not much else. Taste is sharp roast upfront that fades into a light metallic finish. Very slight finish of shrimp batter. Never had an oyster stout before and Iím not angry at it either. Cool.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, VERY much thanks to bman1113vr. Pours a deep black with dark tan head. Aroma of subtle chocolate, dark roast, a bit of brine. Flavor of dark roast, chocolate, a bit of briny saltiness. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Overall, some tasty stuff!
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, dark brown pour with strong coffee aroma, flavor has a pronounced earthiness, coffee and chalky, oystershell finish
BMan1113VR (7789) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via a trade with hbmason. Pours with a murky deep brown body and a fading deep brown head. Aroma of coffee, earthy clay, salt and fudge. Taste is coffee, salt, chocolate and a bit bitter. Creamy carbonation.
madvike (2588) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from hbmason...thanks Tim! - Pours dark black with a small tan head. Aroma has a touch of smoke over a ton of dark malt, chocolate, some saltiness, and a touch of booze. Itís big, dark, and roasty on the first sip, with the touch of smoke and a just a bit of salty milkiness. Dry, but not overly so. Smooth and silky with some nice carbonation.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml from Caponeís, Norristown. Deep oily pour with a nice, thick one-finger head. Aroma is nicely to style but has that extra piquant bit from the mollusks I suppose, earthy and rocky and gritty. Love that this is there in the flavor as well, though itís not ersters so much as an amplifying of the most delicious qualities of a really nicely made foreign stout. Creamy mouthfeel, nice but not overpowering roasts, superb dry finish.