nolankowal (923) - 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 (7129) - 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 ’Tosa 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 (5150) - 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 I’ve 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 (5941) - 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.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pre-RBSG Milwaukee: Growler: Poured black with a light tan head. Aroma, was a roasty coffee, with some caramel. Flavor, very roasty, black malts, coffee, some faint chocolate, and an earthy bitterness. Good stuff.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Poured a very deep brown with a tall, well-retained creamy caramel head. Aroma was of deeper chocolate and caramel notes.. a bit airy, and quite complex.. Very nice! Flavor was of chalky chocolate and caramel with good use of burnt chocolate and black patent malts.. mild chocolate and coffee bitterness.. felt a bit old. Medium-bodied with high-ish bitterness. This was some really good stuff!