KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz Can. The pour was a muddy pitch black with a large (2-3 finger) khaki colored rocky head that slowly receded, down to a thin film with a medium collar and produced good sticky streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt, pine hops and a leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and possessed a moderate alcohol odor.
The taste was quite roasty and rather malty with a bold bitter chocolate presence early on, becoming quite a bit hoppier with a nice roasted coffee note and a bit of alcohol towards the finish. The flavor lingered for a very long time proceeding the swallow, with a bitter hoppy taste left behind to settle in on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was full in body with a dry, creamy texture and a mild carbonation.
Overall this was a nice hoppy Stout that had a nice thick creaminess to it. This is definitely a brew that a hophead would truly enjoy, in fact it’s kind of like (but not) a thick Black IPA...
jbeatty (1158) - New York, USA - MAY 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can, 05/02/2015. Thick black pour, thick medium tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate, medium roast and coffee, vanilla sweetness. Taste is chocolate, roast blending with hop bitterness to balance some of the sweetness, some astringency with espresso in the finish. Medium full body, fairly smooth. Not bad.
WABeerFiend (301) - - APR 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 16 oz can into a large chalice on 01.27.15.
A: Cocoa, chalk, and milk chocolate.
A: 3 finger tan head that stays. Midnight black body.
T: Cocoa dominates. Milk chocolate, slight roastiness on the back end, and slight vanilla are subtle.
P: Creamy smooth with bubbles on the back end. Thin mouthfeel.
O: This is a very subtle, easy drinking stout. The balance and the mouthfeel are the shining parts.
mjg74 (2688) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Canned (8.8%) from Safeway. Pitch black in color upon pouring. Nose is fairly roasty with a bit of sweetness. Good roasty character up front. Leading into a bit of coffee flavors. Quite smooth and easy to drink. Mild hop character. Not the most flavorful impy around, but it is extremely easy to drink for its strength. A little warming as well. Maybe a touch of booze in the finish.
djd07 (5175) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can. Pours a dark brown with medium tan head leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is chocolate and roast. Thin mouth, light roast, sweet chocolate, very good.
bigtaster (758) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From can into snifter thanks 5000! Black with medium to small light brown head soapy residue left and some head around edges. Nose has a big hit of chocolate with cocoa, roasted malts. Very smooth body soft carbonation, medium dryness in the finish, some burnt sugar, slight bitterness. Finish becomes sweeter as the beer warms with a long finish of malted barley. Well rounded stout.
maekchu (2556) - Hirakata, JAPAN - FEB 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery. Thin chocolate nose, some dark fruit. Black, creamy tan head. Chocolate, berries, and long hop tracks. Medium-thin body. Creamy, smooth, with deep bittering.
jackl (5380) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample @ Three Notch’d Tasting. Deep brown pour with a small head. Aroma’s fairly faint and nondescript. Some ash and cocoa. Taste of dark roasted coffee. Chocolate éclair sweetness. Ash. Medium body, moderate carbonation.
JohnnyJ (4785) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Black pour, with a small tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, mild molasses, and grapenuts. A nice stout, heavy and lots dark malt.
BuckeyeBoy (3174) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can pours out a dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is espresso roast malts and a touch of smoke. Taste is as the nose with a nice roast malt and a touch of sweetness.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce can shared at a tasting. Pours a dark brown with a large creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malt, brine, dark chocolate, nuts, grain, green hops. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, nuts, grain, green hops. Medium bodied, lingering roast and bitterness.