Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2005
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
At the Lincoln NE restaurant ... This is their best-looking beer, if that says anything. It’s black with a standing creamy head. But although it starts a bit creamy, it’s definitely just watery like the rest ... little flavor, just a bit of nutty bitterness. Bland. At least the food was good.
heemer77 (5078) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 30, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the Cedar Rapids branch. Thick slightly tan head with a black body. The nose os milk chocolate with coffee and amaretto. The taste is slightly bitter with milk chocolate and dried apples. Too much hops for the style. Unbalanced with a thin body.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap. a great looking stout! dark brown with a foamy, creamy head. but this just doesn’t have a lot of flavor. a decent dry finish but nothing here to get excited about. average at best.
whiskeyfairy (27) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2005
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2005 Maple Grove, MN: nice dark color with medium creamy head. Faint smell of coffee and chocolate. Seemed a bit thin and flat. Coffee and a hint of chocolate flavor lingered for a while but there just didn’t seem to be much to it.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark with a nice thick, lasting head. Sweet and lightly roasty, some nicotine and peat. A bit oddly tangy. Nice full palate.
Nuffield (3612) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice cascade effect--is this nitrogenated? Tempered aroma (too cold, like many mainstream brewpubs), but good balance and roastiness. Some vinous, grape notes. Smooth palate (nitro isn?t all bad if nitro this be). Call a spade a spade--this brewpub didn?t impress me at all, except for its ability to drag in big crowds, but this beer was very drinkable and actually pretty flavorful. (on tap at Maple Grove, MN location)
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ brewpub in Maple Grove, MN. Black color with a creamy cascading light brown head. Good robust roasted malts flavors with a smooth dry finish. A nice long aftertaste.
ElGaucho (2141) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2004
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
2004 ABR. Did not finish the Autumn Brew Review off on a good note. Smells like milk chocolate. Appearance is lacking. No lace, no head. Looks like diarrhea. Flavor isn’t good either. Looked and tasted flat.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 2, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Black with a tan head and a ruby glow when held up to the light. Has a weak coffee aroma with a slight hint of chocolate. Smells very similar to Guinness. It starts off with a malty taste then moves to a watery taste and finishes with coffee, again very similar to Guinness. This beer had good lacing and head retention. Basically a Guinnes knock off.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 20, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Maple Grove, MN: Black Coloring. Creamy Head. Roasts Coffee, Creamy. Bitter Chocolate. A Bit Subdued for a Stout...but very Drinkable.