esjaygee (3859) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 30, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at Rockford Granite City. The waitress, upon bringing me the sampler called this a watered down version of Guinness. That pretty much hits the nail on the head. It kind of looks like a Guinness, itís brown with a tan head. The aroma has the mildest of coffee aromas, is Granite City scared to put any character into their beers? Itís a stout, not like the general public is going to order this anyway! The body is thin, watery, flavorless with a mild bitter finish, blah. Rant aside, Granite City in Rockford had good food and one of the friendliest wait staffs Iíve had in forever. Itís a shame their beer stinks.
hotstuff (3579) - Indiana, USA - MAR 19, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Fort Wayne, IN location. Very small tan head that full lasted, excellent lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a dark brown hue. Nose was roasty, chocolate, coffee, and malt.Ditto for the flavor, but finished thin. Mouthfeel was smooth and thin. Light in body. Quaffable but too thin give the style.
OD40oz (750) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAR 15, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
NIIIIIICE Brew. Dark with a tan foamy head. Roasty chocolatey coffee taste. I would definitely drink this again. I wish Rapid City had a Granite City so I wouldnít have to be in Sioux Falls to go there.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Ft. Wayne Indiana pub. Dark beer with a thin lasting khaki foam on top. Subtle chocolate and coffee nose. Very smooth beer with lots of roasted grains, bitter chocolate and sweetened coffee flavors. I got an almost smoked bacon taste. Not bad for trucked in wort.
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
On draft at the Maumee, OH "brewpub". Only decent beer they had. Nice black color with a thin off-white head. Roasty aromas and flavors. It is at least drinkable which is more than I can say about their other beers.
ebrowner88 (123) - Rice, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
good DRY stout. If you do not like dry stouts this will not be sweet enough for you. I tried this about 2 years ago and did not like it at all. tried it again recently and was very surprised. Nice brussels, great lacing and cascade after pour. They have definately upgraded to a nitro system. I drink it frequently now at the original GCB in St. Cloud, MN so it may be differnt elsewhere.
Dogbrick (6864) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from a growler at the Super Terrific Stout Tasting on Feb 16th. Pours nearly black with a thin light brown head that disappears quickly. Minimal lacing is evident. Mild roasted coffee and malt in the nose. Medium, slick body with roasted coffee, malt and chocolate flavors. The finish is fairly thin for a Stout and has a coffee aftertaste plus a hint of hops. Below average overall.
thedm (4857) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 17, 2008
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This draft brew from a our new Granite City Brewing Company in Fort Wayne, IN poured a head of foamy finely sized dark tan colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation black colored body and an excellent lacing. The mild aroma was malty and chocolate. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of malt dark malt and oats.
patrick767 (3238) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 oz draft - Pours very dark brown with a thin, long lasting tan head. It has a mild aroma of roast malt and some hops. The dark roast malt flavor has a good hops balance and a dry finish. Itís a little thin, but not too bad. Give it some time. Like most bars and brewpubs, they serve it too cold. I rather enjoyed it.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught during the Winterfest 2008 in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Pours a dark cola brown brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates to a fine film and ring. Aroma of light roasted dark malt, a touch of coffee, molasses and some sour cream. Taste is medium bodied, lots of carbonation with flavors of roasted dark malt, some light coffee and chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Finish is semi-dry, a tad sour with a watery and dry malt aftertaste. A little more flavor than Guiness but not much.