hopscotch (9489) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft... Jupiter Craft Brewer’s Festival 2013... Pitch black pour with crimson highlights and a mid-sized, creamy, mushroom-colored head. Decent retention. Other than charcoal, the grainy, carbonic nose introduces very little else. Barely medium-bodied with a thin mouthfeel and dancing carbonation. The flavor is burnt and bitter – charcoal and ash. Lengthy, scorched, bittersweet finish – more bitter than sweet.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewvival Trip Beer 2. Served on draft at Mellow Mushroom Asheville. Pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of dry roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, sweet finish. The taste is dry roasted malts, herbal hops, coffee and bitter chocolate. Thin-medium bodied. Delicious.
deyholla (6954) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma has a good amount of roasted malts with a bit creamy chocolate. Flavor is similar with dark grains and roasted malt upfront but more of a creamy dark chocolate finish.
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beer #12 Asheville trip, at Jack of the Wood, on tap, and a cask version. We’ll start with the regular tap, and use the numbers for that since this is what most folks will run into. Pours black. Aroma is espresso and chocolate. Flavor is espresso and chocolate. Nice, but the finishing hop bitterness is a bit harsh and discordant. The cask version completely cleans this up. It is actually quite similar to the porter in flavor, just with a good bit more heft to the body. The cask would have scored several points higher.
nearbeer (3840) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pint on tap. Opaque ebony with a lasting film of cream. Aroma of char, semi-sweet chocolate and marshmallow. Taste is semi-sweet chocolate, toasted marshmallow, vanilla, graham cracker, and just enough char on the finish to balance. Medium body is sweet, with medium carbonation and becomes a bit sticky by the end of the pint. Good, but it’s a one-and-done type stout. Just a pinch more roast could make a nice session brew.
DiarmaidBHK (3527) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Bywater. Pours black with a half an inch of khaki foam. Has a bit of chocolate on the nose. Much bigger chocolate on the tongue. Didn’t have it on nitro so I didnt get much of the silkiness. Clean finish. Solid for style.
tmongoose (1389) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on draft at the green man. typical stout nothing to fancy here. medium bodied beer with no head the aroma of coffee, roasted malts and bits of chocolate dominate the nose. the flavor is about the same and its an easy drinking beer.
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewpub. Frankly, this was hard to distinguish from their porter, so everything I said about that one applies here too. This is slightly more bitter, which is the only thing my amateur palate could discern between the two. Decent. (#4314, 10/5/2011)
Travlr (13196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Murky dark brown color, medium beige head. Aroma of burnt sugar. Taste is milk chocolate. Sweet stuff.
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC. Pours a black color with ruby hints and a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty roasted chocolate finish.