Drake (9460) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 mL bottle from Ye Olde Spirit Shoppe in Frederick, MD. Pours a pitch black color with a medium creamy tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, a light brininess and some nutty notes. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, nutty notes, citrus hops and a moderate briny note. Medium bodied.
drfabulous (4340) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750. Dark and creamy. Roasted taste. There is a strong lingering smokey flavor to this beer. Nice.
Jayb0 (1067) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another strong offering from Flying Fish, a brewery that seems to have really hit its stride in the last couple of years. Always well balanced and dependable, the beers have really seemed to come alive recently. This is a fine stout with a great minerality, a slight earthiness, and a strong, but balanced chocolate character.
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@PreJam Gathering-750ml bottle-pours a light brown retaining head with black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty, some shells. Taste is dark malt-roasty/cocoa, some shells, earthy.
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, nice ring of foam. . Smells like coffee, maybe a little red wine. Flavor is coffee, maybe a little salty (?) and dark chocolate and a touch of red wine. Not bad at all. Sampled at 2010 pre-Brewer’s Jam tasting.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, tan cover. Salt mixed with roasty aroma. Taste is roast, light calcium, oyster shell, a touch sour, dry.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2010 pre-Brewer’s Jam tasting. Pours black with orange edges, small tan head. Aroma is creamy chocolate, hint of espresso, some vanilla and salt. The flavor is slight roasted coffee, hint of vanilla, little bit of blackberry. there’s a bit of planty bitterness. Don’t really pick up on the oyster element, but still pretty good.
nbutler11 (1267) - Wiesbaden, Hesse, GERMANY - OCT 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bonus bottle from a generous trader. I’ve been wanting to try this for awhile. Pours a viscous black from the bottle with a trim brown ring of foam. Smells of smoked malt and milk chocolate. Tastes like a nice smoked porter -- very earthy with notes of cream and cocoa. Smooth and enjoyable, but aside from a slight note of shell at the front of the palate, not quite to style based on my limited encounters with Oyster Stouts.
HoppityHop (175) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A nice and creamy stout. Pitch black. Very chocolatey/roasty. Very drinkable and like the description says, you don’t taste anything even remotely fishy. Overall, a good beer, but (like so many others) not worthy of the 750ml bottle price it commands.
Travlr (14189) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle shared with steptin, Michael and Jen (a.k.a. the friendliest beer lovers in the USA, and the proudest fans of their locals). Black. Tan head. Aroma of burnt cocoa and Illy caffè. Taste is smooth and silky, bitter espresso and cocoa. Nice stuff.