chris2431 (241) - Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. back real black. Roasted malts. Nice balance of roasted and chocolate taste. slight floral hop finish. smooth very nice.
dukeredhair (241) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
MMMM. I’m really getting behind the green flash style lately. I don’t know what took me so long? Crappy labels maybe. Anyhow!
Aroma is a bit muted but obvious overtones of chocolate, coffee, roast, tiny hint of smoke. A bit softer than a big RIS but definitely hitting all the right notes.
App: thick black, not oily, not viscous but completely opaque. Serious brown head leaves a brown coating on the glass.
Taste: sweeter than a RIS which the nose really hinted at but the taste confirms. Still nice with roast and dark chocolate, coffee, but not molasses.
palate is a bit bubbly with good carb and not to thick as to be chewy but again it’s not trying to be a HUGE beer. I think it’s just trying to be a damned good stout.
Overall I wish I had discovered this before the winter was almost over. Green flash is doing most things right nowadays (except the saison) and this continues that trend!
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. Bottle. Looks exactly as a good stout should, oily black with a robust tan head that laces nicely. Aroma shows hints of coffee and cocoa. Flavor is roasty with crystal and chocolate malt characters showing. Hops are grassy and lend a slightly bitter streak to the otherwise malty profile of this beer. Mouthfeel is excellent with a persistent and well balanced level of carbonation. The beer breaks down a bit at the end and leaves an ashy taste on the tongue. Overall a respectable slightly sweet stout.
Doofgoblin (237) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big on aroma. Really good! Aroma is big roasted malt characteristics complemented by hints of coffee, chocolate, and spice. Pours an opaque black with a short tan head. Excellent taste: notes of toasty malts, coffee, spice, hints of fruitiness, and slightly sweet. The finish is great: smooth, slightly bitter, and dry.
DMLINAZ (236) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding. Roasted, somewhat bitter malts fill and coat the mouth. Almost a burnt flavor. Not exactly chocolate or coffee or licorice, but rich and complex.
beer-yum (235) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2013 Superb beer. Not coffee, not chocolate - just malt and hops beer. Rich and complex, but most importantly, eminently enjoyable. A definite benchmark of the style.
michcam8 (235) - Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice, rich, bold black color with a dark brown head. Not much lacing left on the glass. Aroma of coffee, licorice, chocolate, and cereal. Taste is a bit underwheleming...I was expecting a rich, complex flavor and it seem to be lacking. Alcohol is hidden well. Overall a descent stout, just expecting a little more flavor.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2010
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Can taste the lack of attention to detail. This can be expected from a brewer who has too many offerings. Prefer my recently tasted Left Hand Stout. Can’t just throw in a bunch of flavors.
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a black/navy blue?? has a roasted aroma and a dark roasted malt flavor followed by a hop finish.
Ataraxia (232) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oily black with an inch of light brown head; complex but weak aroma; creamy mouthfeel; taste is coffee, dark fruit, hints of chocolate with a long bitter finish. Somewhat metallic aftertaste-not sure why.