Stine (1635) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque black in color with a thick creamy head. On tap, itís a bit sweet in aroma and flavor with licorice, chocolate and roasted malt in equal parts. Much more rustic on cask with espresso, earth, and ash more dominant. Light to medium bodied with a reserved, dry mouthfeel.
jazz88 (2572) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask Tap in December 2005. Black in color with a brown head. A nice roasted malt, coffee, and slightly sweet aroma. Smooth with a touch of bitterness that leaves a long lasting roasted malt finish. Rating from notes.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2006
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask. Opaque and midnight brown in color with only slight lightening at the edges. A sawdust concentrated mass with a tan hue plays head. Deep fudge brownies capped with mocha beans protrude from the nose, joining milky coffee coolatas. Roasted, dense chocolate fudge pulls at an exceedingly bitter-sweet aromatic arraignment. Light fairing flavor pulls like milk chocolate cafeteria offerings, diluted with water and defying government standards. No dynamic aspects whatsoever. Dry. Sweet cocoa and mocha grinds partially produce the common milk chocolate platform. So thin itís painful to revisit the memory by recording this rating. Finish gets a smidgeon of syrupy mocha cooler, artificial additives and a new brownie offering that even Aldi stores would turn their backs on. Perhaps the cask destroyed all that was enjoyed by the others in their ratings.
PorterPounder (5758) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on tap at the brewpub in downtown St. Paul. Dark black mocha, thick, creamy mocha colored head with sticky lacing. Aroma has hints of coffee and dark bakerís chocolate. Very earthy and flavorful. Good bitter background with prominent coffee and chocolate up front. Mouthfeel, thick and creamy, some good oiliness that feels just right. Cold and rainy night - wife describes this stout as "the beer equivalent of comfort food".
JK (4659) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A respectable oatmeal stout. Black. Some smoke in the aroma; a standard oatmeal stout scent. Flavor is a little bitter, some more smoke. Very light chocolate and some coffee. More of a dry stout than a sweet stout.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid black, with a fine, toasted brown head, showing holes in the side like a little brown sponge. Quite nice looking.
Aroma is right on for an oatmeal stout, big espresso notes, nicely roasted, burnt toast, a whiff of anise, a trickle of maple, earthy and rich. I wanna keep on smelliní it...
Fills the mouth from the start, floods all area with dark, delicious flavors, turns a trifle sweet, then dries out with a gritty edge at the exit. Fat malt keeps the tongue grabbing for more. Nicely textured.
A sweetness comes in from time to time, thatís the only flaw that nags at me. but it doesnít last long, and a tidy bitter note comes in to leaven it.
Full bodied, rich, bittersweet finish, and good drinkiní...I could spend some time with this one. They ought to make it more often.
Nuffield (3718) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of coffee, milk, and roasted malts--a classic oatmeal stout with residual sweetness. 96% opaque, dark brown. Roasted, vanilla, coffee flavors, very solid. Not too thin but oily quick in the mouth; still, smooth. Nice, bold. (handpulled cask at brewpub)
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black Coloring with Tan Ring/Skin. Aroma is a Very Pure and Refined Hit of Chocolate, Roasts and Sherry. Quite Alluring. Light Mouthfeel Overall. Notes of Sherry Continue, Glossing Over Continued Hits of Roasts, Oats and Chocolate. Dry Oat Aftertaste. Really Nice for a Light Bodied Stout
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with a medium head. Outstanding aroma of port and sherry with a bit of coffee on the end. Oh man... the port turns very sweet in the taste and is just outstanding. Choclated laced malt shines through as well. Itís a bit on the watery side, but Iím willing to overlook that. A fairly light stout that Iíd drink pint after pint of. Outstanding.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with a frothy brown head, nice sheeting. Nose has lots of burnt roasts, coffee bitterness, some chocolate sweetness. Lovely flavor, burnt wood mixed with a punch of berry fruitiness. Good mix of bright fruit and sweetness with roasty bitterness. Slight bourbon character to it. Incredibly drinkable. I could drink this stuff all the time. Very good.