heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Possibly the best foriegn stout I have tried. Black body with a khaki colored head. The aroma has some coffee and milk chococlate. The taste was dark chocolate with some espresso and bread crust. Itís almost like a super dank dark chococlate brownie. Rich and very smooth body with low carbonation.
3fourths (8023) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a small brown head. Heavy roast and chalky toasted grains and smoke, very robust but not heavy or huge. Lots of char and heavy, ashy roast. Very nice, with more smoke in the nose than flavor.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Pre RBSG. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of meaty smoke, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malt, smoke, coffee, chocolate. Medium body roasty with a roasty finish.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler sampled at the Pre-RBSG íTosa gathering on 6/21/07: Pours an opaque viscous black with a frothy dark tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malts and earthy chocolate with a touch of doughy yeast. Body starts with a fairly full earthy dark caramel maltiness and a good dark chocolate and roasty finish. A nice foreign stout.
Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the brewpub in Mt Horeb, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a fast dissolving off-white/light tan head that disipates clean. Aroma of dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of molasses and some sweet lactose. Taste is full bodied, lightly carbonated with some flavors of dark malt, some chocolate and a little hop character. Finish is sem-sweet with a dark malt chocolate aftertaste.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black with a light tan, tight bubbled head. Aromas of roasted malt, light vanilla, dark chocolate and a hint of espresso. Full feel, but not too syrupy and sticky. Flavors match up with the aromas along with some earthiness and touch of wood. Seems to sweeten a touch toward the end with a simple caramel flavor. A nice stout.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short, I thought this beer was awesome. This beer had a touch of sweetness, and a ton of dry roastiness that was clean, dry, and offered plenty of the "burned pizza crust" character I crave.
The beer appeared opaque and thick, with a medium amount of head. Aroma was a bit chocolatey, and offered a ton of dry roastiness. Flavor and mouthfeel was terrific, and as Iíve described above.
I thought this beer alone was worth the trip to Mount Horeb.
I had this on draft at the brewpub.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2008 Date: 06/21/2007
Source: Tasting, Pre-RBSG
Appearance: black, wispy beige head, drippy lace,
Aroma: dry roasted malt aroma,
Body: creamy body,
Flavor: rich roasted and dry dark chocolate flavor, lots of hop and malt bitterness,
Score: 3.2 to 3.4
picking up a coffee character along with the dry roasted,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a growler from ilikebeer2 (Thanks, Scott). Deep, dark chestnut body under a lid of frothy beige. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and cream. Medium body with light feel. The flavor was pleasant: coffee, chocolate, caramel. Not bad.
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tosa gathering, growler: Opaque with a small ring of beige frothy head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of vanilla and chocolate, toasty and smoky malts, coffee, hint of anise, prune and leather esters. A heavy toasted character greets the drinker with a noticeable bittersweet chocolate and fruity tone as well. An earthy yeasty midesection completed by a smoky and nutty finish. The mouth feel is lush and biting, slightly warming and has a dry mineral like aftertaste. The whole is even better than the parts, a great brew. I need to taste more from this brewery, seek and destroy.