GJF (1248) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap in cedar rapids. Pours a thick black, white head. Light aroma for a stout. A lot of roastiness in the flavor, but it’s pretty thin for a stout--almost watery. Dry finish. Meh...
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
deep, deep brown, almost black, medium tan head, big lacing. aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. flavor is bitter coffee, roasted malt, with creamy chocolate notes. medium bodied, bitter finish. a decent attempt.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(draught, Creve Coeur) black with nice tan head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is coffee, roast malt, bitter finish.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Mode: Draft, Nitro
Source: Brewpub, Madison
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, solid lace,
Aroma: light roasted malt aroma,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich roasted malt flavor, lots of burnt coffee character, lasting bitterness rises out of the burnt malts,
Overall: too much burnt black coffee for me
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 9/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sampled on draught: Pours an opaque black with a creamy tan top. Roasted nuts, toast, coffee and oatmeal on the nose. Taste is a little watery, otherwise caramel and coffee on the palate.
Russo (1685) - Campinas, BRAZIL - AUG 14, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
TAP@Granite City in Omaha,NE. Dark brown color, thin beige foam. Aroma is Roasted malt and notes of Chocolate and caramel. Flavor is a little bit watery, notes of coffee and roasted malt as well. Mouthfeel is weak to a stout one.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap in Granite City in Orland Park. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is light with notes of chocolate and roasted malt with some biterness of coffee. A watered down version of guiness.
Narnad (1461) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Grabbed a growler from Granite City in Rockford, IL(very expensive $15 plus $8 to fill) and would not recommend their growlers since they seem to lack the ability to keep the beer carbonated well. Poured from the growler black. Aroma is toasted malts and strong of coffee. Flavor is a good bitterness with great coffee flavor and has a faint caramel end note. Palate is a bit weak and lacks any depth in density of the brew.
esjaygee (3903) - 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 (4092) - 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.