SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is hope yet for the big boys. Just saw this available in the local market and decided to do a comparison with regular draught. More body, a little more sweetness, and maybe even more bitterness, This is just a better-balanced and more enjoyable beer overall. Smooth roast and grain in the aroma. Just a touch of coffee in the flavor, and plenty of bubbles, which is probably the biggest difference between this and regular draught, The lack of nitro makes a completely different beer. I guess this miht be more of a lighter version of extra stout. Despite my disdain for it, Guinness is still the more fascinating macro to me. I’d like to see this get around.
nick76 (4368) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The aroma is nice but weak with brown sugar, burnt malt, chocolate, honey, and flowers. The appearance is darn brown with a tan head. The taste is a little like the aroma but overshadowed by soapy bitterness and peppers. The palate is smooth. Overall not one of those beers that makes you want another.
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours very dark brown, almost black with small but sustaining off white, beige head. Aroma of light smoke. Flavor is lightly charred roast, with a touch of meat smoke, cocoa. Medium bodied. Nice but forgettable.
rougeau13 (2493) - Richmond, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really dark brown with a medium sized beige head. Aroma of roasted barley, molasses, and nuts. Taste is a touch thin; roasted and malty and ever so slightly bitter. Medium thin. Not bad, but I won’t buy it again.
Shag (2789) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a nice black color with a beige head. The aroma contains chocolate and a bit of nuttiness. The flavor is rather dry with some chocolate, coffee, and licorice. The palate is a bit thin. Overall not world class but an ok beer.
944play (397) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz in Drake’s pint glass. Near black with small fizzy ecru head. Very appetizing cornflakes and distant coffee aroma. Clean and tasty flavors of molasses, Munich malt, and sweet corn. Pleasant lager finish, generous carbonation. Excellent sessionable, interesting beer.
dwyerpg (5422) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I found this pretty tasty. Some roasty notes, not that heavy, certainly hit the spot for Beer Friday at work.
blutt59 (6442) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle, black color with short lived tan foam, aroma is nutty caramel, flavor of spritz and some roast malt , very plain
zombywoof (461) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 23, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
What’d they do here, roast up a Harp? I think I actually prefer Sam Adam’s Black Lager to this Thin, boring and flat.
radagast83 (6943) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with a small tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, touch of coffee perhaps? Taste was bitter, dark roasted malts. It wasn’t too bad actually, had no idea they made this until I found it in some random mid-west grocery store in August.