rubbishystuff (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At Small bar on Fullerton. Pretty decent stout. Strong roasted flavor. A little on the drier side. Coffee flavors. A little spiciness from the rye. Serving: Tap
hombrepalo (1828) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Sheffields. Another good brew bt HA. Pours a dark brown to black with a quickly fading head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and a touch of rye. The rye is definitely present in the taste with malty chocolate, coffee and a bit of tobacco. Nice dry finish.
beernbourbon (1300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is deep dark brown with a light brown tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted malt and light milk chocolate with hints of light pine hop and a faint rye-like sweetness. Flavor is also loaded with roasted malt, light chocolate and a faint rye component. Finish is very clean and dry. A little light on body but a very good drink for sure.
tkrjukoff (4058) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Apr 30 @ DLD. Poures deep brown with a dense tanned head leaving some lace. Stouty, fruity sweet, roasted soapy aroma and flavor. Medium body. Very nice fryity and tart finish. Very drinkable.
luttonm (2222) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Chicago. Thanks to the beer store guys for pointing this one out. Perfect brown-stout pour with slight hazy head. Nutty-roast nose, Full dry-bitter sip. Dry body, but extremely tasty. Rye and nutty taste, some sweetness and stickiness. Really tasty.
GT2 (8433) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
651mL thanks to kingkong on BA or someone cool I traded with. The pour is a clear deep amber looking black in the glass. A large, dense, sheen, Black IPA head erupts and sticks with massive retention. Leaves layers of webby and sheety lace. Aroma is earthy, floral, grassy, roast, lemon, sweet berries, spiced rum. Taste is soft, roasty, bitter, easy to drink: lemon tart, coffee roast, praline, nutty bitter, earth, dirt, caraway seed. Excellent silky, robust, bitter palate. Soft carbonation. Says 6.5% but feels like 8% almost. A nice treat!
pantanap (3357) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle purchased from west lakeview. finally getting a chance to try this... pours a deeper shade of a cola blackish hue, somewhat effervescent with a high level of carbonation, and topped with lively yet quickly dissipating film of a foamy tan head.... aroma has notes of powdered cocoa and and a bready rye roastedness. bitter-sweet milk chocolate. pretty solid actually coming from a standard stout... flavors have an above average level of rye that meshes well with the roasty qualities of the brew. chocolate and cocoa throught the middle and finishes on a fairly bitter hop note which i thought would have faded by now. really a fan of how pronounced the rye is in the flavor as opposed to the nose. body is a touch thin the bitterness gives it an extra oomph towards the finish. leaves an oaty type of feel on the backend after all is said and done. solid.
trevor211 (1305) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Sean for including this bad boy in a trade. Pours a glossy black, with a light tan head. Coffee and dark-toasted cereal grain on the nose - far more bitter than sweet. Very full flavor, yet not so thick and syrupy that it’s overbearing. Lots of roasted coffee and resiny hops offsetting some dark molasses in here. I’m impressed with the balance - this is one stout I wouldn’t mind drinking year-round.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from the brewery. Pours a very deep brown, mostly black colored body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is solid. Lots of dry roasts, dark cocoas, floral hops, and a light caramel sweetness. Some earthy rye spice, vanilla, and even more rich chocolate. Flavor is more the same. Lots of roasts and chocolate up front with a really nice floral hopping. Chocolate grows rich along with a nice caramel sweetness that balances, but allows the dry roasts and distinct hopping to lead the way. A light rye spice and earth, a touch of smoked wood, and a slight vanilla as well. Finishes very dry with a nice rye kick as well as lots of dry roasts and piney hops that leave a medium bitterness, but also a nice dark chocolate and caramel assisting in a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and soft, moderate, crisper carbonation. Overall, an excellent beer and my kind of stout. Very bold, but balanced with a light, but distinct chocolate and caramel sweetness. Plenty of dry roasts, bitter and aromatic hops, and some rye that gives this a nice complexity. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
yankeefan21 (129) - New York, USA - APR 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Medium hop aroma with low roasted malt undercurrents. Pours very dark brown with a nice thick tan head. Flavor is a nice balance of hops and roasted malts with the rye making an appearance in the dry, lightly bitter finish - almost the same finish as a good quality dark baking chocolate. A little light on body and low on carbonation but not enough to knock it too hard. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. I don’t taste the rye as much as others seem to, so I had to drop the overall score by a point for that - but that’s nit picking. I’m pretty happy with this beer and would be happy to drink it again. Thanks, Susan!