Beaver (1282) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a medium frothy light tan head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet chocolate malts, fruit and molasses with some coffee and grains.
The flavor is roasted chocolate malts and some fruit with a weird bitter plasticky finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and kind of like watery nitro.
Overall, an OK beer. It has some off notes.
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery. Poured a deep brown/black color with a half inch thick tan head that seemed to linger throughout the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some baker’s chocolate, a light oat graininess, and some faint dry fruitiness along the lines of raisins or figs. Smooth, moderately sweet entry leads into a moderately roasty maltiness with some light hints of bitter chocolate that slowly transitions into a soft oatmeal flavor with faint hints of the same dry fruit present on the nose that become overtaken by a lightly bitter, moderately dry finish. Low carbonation produced a smooth, albeit slightly thinner mouth feel. Overall, it was a solid beer that had some decent qualities, but nothing that really makes it stick out.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nearly black color with a light tan, average, pillowy head which is mostly lasting and does leave some nice frothy lace all over. Nose is pleasant with lots of chocolate and oatmeal, some toasted caramel, a mild coffee, burnt toast, and faint notes of raisin bread. Flavor is much more bitter than I was expecting but very balancing; coffee notes are stronger and more bitter, burnt toast, light raisin bread notes, some earthy and piney hops enter the picture with a bit of bitterness, and lighter notes of dark chocolate and toasted oats. Palate is nice for a table strength stout with a medium body, nearly lively carbonation, silky and lightly dry mouthfeel. Finishes lightly bitter and dry and average length with notes of pine, toast, and coffee, sweet notes are almost nonexistent by the end. Interesting beer, plenty drinkable, sweet nose, more bitter flavor. The raisin is very slight but adding some depth but it could use some more. The flavor had more bitterness than I would have thought after the nose and knowing it was brewed with oats and raisins. If I didn’t know better, I would have there was some coffee added. As a CSU alum myself, I thought it was a very nice stout.
scoth (491) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown and inky with a thin tan head, fine and lasting lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, and oats, with just a hint of raisins and pine. Medium body, smooth, and lightly dry. Starts off lightly sweet with notes of dark chocolate, oats, and toast, a subtle raisin undertone and a light bitter finish. Well balanced and very drinkable.