Dogbrick (11169) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the Clybourn brewpub. Black pour with a medium khaki head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate and hops. Light-bodied with a roasty character and flavors of sweet malt, dark chocolate and hops. The finish is mildly bitter with a coffee aftertaste. Decent overall.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flight pour on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep hazy almost opaque blackish hue, some gentle ruby dark glow on the edges show some light. A frothy tannish milk chocolate head sits atop, remains as a nice layer, laces ok. Aromas are cocoa and minerally, roasty malts meet toast, some caramel, and more cocoa. That telltale minerally Oyster element appears, which I really enjoy. Earthy, cocoa, dark chocolate, coffee roast. Initial is medium bodied, lighter end though, offering cocoa, roast, earthy elements. Toast, some chocolate, gentle roast. Into the middle, we see some salt, touch of ashy roast, earth. Backend and finish is mellow to firm roast, coffee, dark chocolate. Some salty earthy elements from the oyster, dry not sweet. Lighter body overall. Tasty and quite drinkable. A touch ashy, a touch dark malt slanted, earthy, cocoa, really plays the elements well and the lighter body earns some points from me. A fun beer.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at goose, pours black with tan head, aroma is real roasty, dark bitter chocolate, flavors are cold pressed coffee, coffee roast. Roast is astringent and overall this is one dimensional. Classic example for me as why dry stout isn’t my thing. Meh
baraciisch (2799) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black in color... Roasted malt aroma... Light body for a stout, roasted malts with notes of dark chocolate... Decent stout
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a big tan head. There is light roast in the nose, charcoal and strongly fruity yeast. On tasting, initially acrid and dry with cocoa and roast coming through. Grainy with a light tartness. Lilght fruity yeast and a hit of a metallic note. Okay but not my favorite.