ClarkVV (4215) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2007 Draught half-pint at NERAX on 5/2/07
First beer from these new guys and Iím very impressed. Lovely, bright appearance is very dark brown with light amber-mahogany tints and a creamy tan head that shows moderate retention, light lacing.
Light cocoa in the nose is not powdery or grainy in the least. Malts are soft on the nose, with semi-sweet bakers chocolate-like aromatics and just the right amount of base malt sweetness. Near perfect levels of chocolate malt that donít go overboard, but still give enough definition to the style. Light vanilla and some cream notes on the finish give a pleasant, easygoing end to this flawless aroma. Little/no hop apparency, no alcohol/flaws. Medium-high strength of aroma and a very clean, fresh yeast presence.
As clean and put-together as the aroma is, the flavor is where it really shows its finesse. Light roast is chewy and leaves a snappiness towards the finish, while soft pale malts comfort the palate and provide body. For a 3.8 cask stout, youíve got to absolutely nail the attenuation and balance of dark malts and they did it wonderfully here. Moderate chocolate is not overly bitter and tastes almost flakey on the palate, with a hint of nuttiness and chewy graham cracker-like texture. No flaws, hardly any wateriness, even allowing for the style but immensely drinkable and probably one of the best American beers at the fest. Awesome to see this difficult feat of brewing accomplished. Iíll be makin the trip up to Gardner to check these guys out soon. I may be under-rating this one.....
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled at the brewery. Aroma is very dark brown/just about black. Aroma is alot of dry chocolate, and roast. Taste is dry chocolate, nice and roasty and bitter, finishes with more dry chocolate and roast notes. very nice.
BroSpud (1854) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours dark brown with a decent head. This is a passable stout and makes for a good session beer due to the low abv though nothing outstanding here.
mcox90 (1691) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at NH Brewfest, 10/03/09, Pours black with a creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Palate is thin and dry, not my personal favorite, but true to the style. Flavor is roasted malt with chocolate with a little bit of smoke and wood.
smcolw (600) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color where no light shines through. Very nice head and lace left on the glass.
Strong coffee ground aroma--no sweetness.
The body is thin. After a mild start, a heavily roasted malt flavor shows up in the swallow--lots of black patent malt. A very dry stout and bitter from the burnt elements.
ForenTox (12) - worcester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler, Dark black pour with tan, creamy head
Not much aroma, a little roasted characteristic
Flavor has a burnt chocolate, and some bitterness
Overall, OK, not very memorable
thecrazyroach (8) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok guys and gals, we all know itís a dry stout. Itís black, smooth, dry, and sometimes hard to get at the Ale House (inappropriate joke goes here). This stout can compete with any other Irish style stout in America, err, Worldwide! It is powered by CO2, not N2, however. Once I got lucky and stumbled across an experimental N2 stout at the Ale House. Itís a good monday, tuesday, or wednesday beer, when the work week still has its demands on us (4% ABV). Overall, itís a great stout, but what is with the name, Naked? I am phoning the HR department over this one right now.