NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didn’t expect much but I really enjoyed this. The aroma is lightly smoky with ample roasted malt and coffee accents. The flavor is define by those roasted notes and gives up the expected chocolate/coffee and burnt malt flavors. Simple and narrow in flavor profile, but satisfying if you have a roasted malt tooth. Which I do. Much better than anticipated.
jcnielsen (967) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle sampled in Exira, IA. Pours a black color with tan head. Coffee, malty, roasty flavors. Light body. Meh.
adnielsen (6553) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 25, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ Exira Beer Summit IV. Thanks Justin! Pours a black appearance with a thin brown head. Anise, vanilla, light cocoa, a bit dark fruity aroma. Fairly earthy, dark chocolate, anise, dry, chalky flavor.
RobertDale (2000) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Decent stuff.
beastiefan2k (2108) - Lawrence (formely NYC), Kansas, USA - APR 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Moving out of KS rate-a-poolza. 12oz bottle poured into a Big Eddy globe. BNo date but should be pretty fresh. Purchased out of fridge in store.
First rating for this beerís since coming out of retirement . This is a surprisingly good beer for a very bad brewer. Aroma is slightly fumy and slightly sweet cocoa. A little bit of a baked goods thang going on. Flavor is lighter with just some dark malts and clean background behind it. Low bitterness, a bit of an empty finish. Nice beer, can drink this anytime.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Iím clearing out some old notes from back in the fall. Hereís the first one...)
Still more from the stash rounded up this summer from the Great Midwest...
This stout pours black, of course, with a dense brown head. Lots of mocha aromas and supported by burnt malt and roasty smells. Strident but lesser sweetish dark malt aromas mixed in there as well.
Itís a nice balance of sweet and bitter flavors, damn near perfect balance as far as Iím concerned. Lots of dark chocolate flavors here with sweetish finish, lightly sticky and rich. Very full bodied with a lightly bitter finish.
Itís nice, one of the best stouts Iíve had in awhile. I am impressed. Run, donít walk.
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice ebony black color with minimal tan head that dissipates rapidly. Leaves a thin bubble film on top which produces decent, but minimal, lacing.
Smells of dark chocolate and nutty, roasted malts. Light coffee notes.
Tastes of burnt coffee and bittersweet chocolates. Minimal sweetness, which could benefit from being bumped up a slight bit. Light lingering bitterness.
Carbonation is dead-on perfect. Feels good in the mouth but could use a bit more creaminess. Perhaps a bit more malts could help make this bigger and better.
Several in a row could be thrown back easily. My only concern is that the bitterness would eventually build up.
swoopjones (4325) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with Rudilf, from Sammy. Thanks sammy. Deep black pour short with a short lasting khaki head. Roasted malt aroma thats a tad light. Roasty taste but little else going on. 1st Kansas beer
rudolf (2276) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Sammy, via Mike. Black, rich tan head. Nose is roasty & slightly milky with some licorice. Flavor is largely the same - big roast, sweet caramel/toffee, a bit sweet in the finish with a little hop.
Cletus (6187) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark brown with an off white head. Smells earthy and sweet. Tastes sweet with some peppery splashes on the finish.
Sammy (7115) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A more than competent stout that lives up to its rating. Pours black with a whisp of a white head. Decent roasty aroma. About average mouthfeel, with some chocolate in there. Very drinkable stout.