Brigadier (3495) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
My palate was beginning to get a bit tired so this made a nice change of pace. They advertise it as an imperial stout but it is definitely not; if anything it falls more under the heading of an export stout. There is also a barrel aged version available which I did not get a chance to try on this visit in May.
Aroma / Appearance - Without being extremely dark it was still a dark and mysterious color. The body swirled effortlessly around the glass leaving no lacing or discoloration. Coffee, hazel creamer, wood smoke and malt form the first wave. This is followed by anise, pepper and dark chocolate. There is alot going on within the confines of the sampler glass.
Flavor / Palate - The first impression is a little thin but the flavors are unaffected. Strong black coffee, almonds, smoke, peanut butter and burnt malts make their way down the throat leaving behind evidence at every sip. The only flaw is that it gets a little overpowering at the end - for that I have to knock it down a point or two. Otherwise this is a well made beer no matter what you call it.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/black body with a white head. The flavor is roasty with lots of anise and lactose. Charred malt and lots of black patent stand out. The aroma is lactose and black malt with that distinct foreign stout quality. Roasty charred palate. Coffee and chocolate are also noticeable. A delightful Foreign Stout.
madvike (3182) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the brewpub - Wanted to try this one at the brewpub but went with a couple other brews instead. Saw a bomber in their cooler on the way out and went for it. It pours deep and dark with a small foamy tan head. Smells of raisins, sweet malt, and toffee. Taste is light roast with some milkiness, caramel, and some smoky malt on the finish. It’s a little light-bodied, but smooth and well-carbonated. This is a fine beer, and one that I’d love to have next time I make it out to the Troll.
brnandersen (3173) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from 65 cl. bottle. Pitch black with a big, creamy tanned head. Roasted aroma with red berries, roasted malts, fruits, herbal hops. Taste is bitter. Medium body with a creamy texture. Finishes dry and roasted. Very enjoyable Stout.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at a tasting event. Draft, from old notes. Coffee and chocolate with dark fruits and raisins. Not too bad.
cbfobes (2880) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub, pours a murky dark brown with a thin tan head, slight chocolate and coffee aroma, the front end is heavy with the chocolate and there is a decent amount of chocolate in the finish, mouthfeel was a little thin, not bad.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
mr levifunk sent me this bottle. thanks! pours black with small ochre head. nice lacing. a largely roasted nose, full of milk chocolate, nuts, and coffee..great mouthfeel leads to, again, a a largely roasted backbone that ends very dry and nutty. big choco, big coffee..somewhat earthy and slightly bitter.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark opaque black colour with a large creamy brown head. Burned toast, coffee grounds and dark chocolate flavors. Aroma is sweet, yet strong of chocolatey malts and roasted nuts. Nice brew!
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.
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Milwaukee Brew Fest 2013. Pour is opaque brown with a khaki head. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, ground coffee beans, and burnt toast. Dry mouth-feel with medium carbonation.