unclemattie (4262) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Very dark, black pour. Tan head, very tall and creamy. Light aroma of roast. Flavor has a lot of oats and roast. Bitter finish of fuggles and char. Burnt grains. Very dry. A very good stout. Hints of fruit under all of the burnt flavors.
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours quite dark with a dense tan head that was determined to say on there the whole time. The aroma is very light with a hint of cream. Medium rich body that gets light on the finish and has the expected sharp carbonation. The flavor starts with light cream, vanilla and some roasted malt. The finis is sour and almost fruity. Like all of the GC beers it is watery. Fair.
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.
Cavie (3844) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at the pub. Pours a dark black with tan head. Aroma is chocolaty, roasted malts. Nitro flavoring. Bitter upfront. Some sweetened malts. Too much like Guinness.
kidmartinek (3742) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A black beer with a creamy tan head that lasts as long as you want it to. Coffee, toffee, and thin roasy malt nose. Flavor is bitter and dry and dominated by light cofee and chocolate taste. Texture is smooth and creamy. There is not much of an aftertaste for a beer of this stature, but what is there reminds me of toasty, chocolate malt.
Nuffield (3717) - 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)
RobertDale (3710) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 15, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft at the Brewpub. Comes dark brown with small light biege head. Aroma of malt and chocolate. Tastes of roasted malt and coffee. Average, very average.
SHIG (3664) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft: Poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was licorice and malt. Taste was malty with coffee and licorice.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the Cedar Rapids, IA location. Opaque black with foamy light brown head that left a thin, filmy lace on the glass. Smelled of chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of anise and a dash of molasses. Flavor was well rounded with chocolate and coffee notes, but was not as complex as the aroma. There was a pleasant subdued campfire smoke finish. Carbonation was on the low end, and it was creamy, dry, and earthy on the tongue. Pretty good beer.
patrick767 (3604) - 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.