bhensonb (13821) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Folsom Whole Foods. Label has no "Blind Stud", just stout. Pours dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aromas of chocolate and a little coffee. Plus something rather unusual. Med body or less. Flavor is chocolate with hardly any coffee. There’s something herbal lurking in the background. Reminds me of Horlicks malt tablets - which I haven’t thought about in a long time. It’s drinkable. Just not a super example of the style.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Well, this isn’t even on the Four in Hand website yet, so I can’t find a commercial description. 12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized foamy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, faint stone fruits and floral hops. The taste is roasted malts, cocoa and a bitter, almost tinny hop finish. Thin-medium bodied. Fairly mundane.
Ernest (7241) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate/cocoa, roasted grain), with light notes of gum and grape jelly.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Not nearly as bad as the IPA and winter beer...it’s really boring and simple and kinda clunky (kinda weird grape chewing gum odor), but it is drinkable so that’s a big step up from the other two.
jkwood04 (5236) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle in an English pint. Pours dark brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of roasted and light chocolate malts, some dough, and a light bitterness. Flavor the same. Average texture. Not bad but forgettable.
nearbeer (4769) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. Brown-chocolate with a small film of bubbles. Aroma is milk chocolate and toasted nut. Flavor is chocolate, soy sauce, lightly scorched popcorn and caramel. Light-medium body is fairly balanced, but way too frothy with high carbonation.
nick76 (4370) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is sweet and toasted with hints of chocolate and coffee. There is also a cola/root beer quality in there. The appearance is medium red brown with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is a but thin for a stout. Overall I am not really a fan. It’s drinkable but like the others of this series quality seems like and afterthought.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle. Dark brown. Looks like a Porter. Aroma of roasted malts & dirty ashtray with stale pretzels. Thin body, roasted character. A bit acidic finish. Tastes like a cold attempt on a Baltic Porter. (3583)
chinchill (4089) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Low-priced, undated 12 oz bottle in a snifter.
A: Deep brown, nearly black in the glass, with a modest tan head that has weak retention. Moderate lacing.
S: Pleasing aroma of dark roasted and sweet caramel malts; more of the latter than expected for a stout. Hints of molasses and milk chocolate.
T: Good flavor, but sweet like a milk stout and lacking in strength. Very mild aftertaste.
M: Smooth; light-medium body; slightly astringent and prickly despite low-medium carbonation.
O: Not bad, especially for the price. Although leaning to the sweet side for style, this is overall a decently balanced brew. Timid flavor and poor mouthfeel are the main weaknesses.
rondphoto (3835) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Opaque dark ruby brown with a persistent 1 finger head and streamers of lace. Taste is mild toasted malt that adds little through an easygoing palate, drifting to a mild very slightly bitter finish. Not a keeper.
Headbanger (3773) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle 1/4/13 (Whole Foods-Naperville) -42° in English Pint-Pours black with ruby tints. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. This light to medium bodied brew is not bad as I was expecting worse.