Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brownish-black with a medium tan head that diminishes slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate malt and grain. Medium body with flavors of rye bread, chocolate, grainy malt and a bit of hops. The finish is earthy malts with a spiced rye aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
Newk (299) - - MAR 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured from growler into a pint glass. Pours a dark chocolate color with a frothy and foamy head
very pungent and balanced aromas of belgian chocolate, roasted malts and coffee grounds. Good depth, but lacking some complexity
Full bodied and very smooth. Not too complex with notes of belgian chocolate and roasted malts and a touch of coffee on the back end.
This is a quality stout. Well balanced and while not extremely complex, it hits the notes really well and is really enjoyable
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/3/2010. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A dark, but comfortably opaque black color, with a 2 cm thick coffee color head. Not really much retention or any lacing.
Coffee, chocolate malt, roasted aromas. A touch of dry rye malt as well, but no real hops here.
I like the slight rye kick in the flavor. It starts with a bit of coffee and chocolate flavors, with that rye dryness stepping in and completely changing the dynamic of the flavor. Some herbal hops add some depth and complexity, and the finish is slightly bitter, but it also reminds me of how it started - coffee and chocolate.
The added rye really drys out the feel, creating a less sticky and easier on the mouth feel. Smooth, with medium carbonation and a fuller than medium body.
I liked the rye addition, but the flavor just did not blow me away. It seems like this falls in the zone of stouts that are not full enough to rock my world but not quite small enough to be easy drinkers.
dwm1034 (753) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split bomber with sherm1016....thanks! Pours black with tan head...this is an excellent (milder) stout with good blend of chocolate and rye...nice rye finish...very tasty...well done HA!
sherm1016 (1271) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Half Acre, split with dwm1034. Pours a jet black color with a tan head. Aroma a little roasty, rye, chocolate. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, roasty, chocolate, rye spicyness, with a nice rye finish.
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from bobertkuekn in a trade. Fucking pumped for this one. Deep, dark brown in color with a small tan head. This borders on black in color. Aroma has some dark chocolate notes and slightly fruity. Taste is mainly chocolate, slight rye presence towards the finish, and a touch dry. Somehow this beer is thin and slightly chewy in texture. Strange. Rye becomes more apparent as it warms, but this is still fairly thin.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with khaki, off white head. The head diminished rather fast leaving a thin film on top of the beer. The aroma is a lot of chocolate with a little bit of roasted malt and just a hair of rye, most of which is masked by the chocolate. Surprisingly thin bodied based on the appearance, this beer imparts a rather sticky mouthfeel which wasn’t expected. Chocolate dominates the flavors with some muted rye that comes though in the finish after some bittersweet chocolate notes. As it warms, the rye becomes more present on the nose and mid palate.
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich chocolate nose, caramel and roast malts, coffee, moderately sweet, more dark chocolate. Pours black, three finger creamy tan head, excellent retention and thick lacing. Flavor is a great balance between chocolate, roast, and hops. Rich chocolate malty notes, coffee, fairly sweet, toffee, spicy and earthy, firm bitterness. Creamy texture, full body, medium carbonation. This is a really nice stout.
JoePeesie (923) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A completely average rye stout. The upfront hop profile was a nice touch fresh, but still left this beer a bit of a disappointment.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22oz bottle courtesy of jcnd9803. Thanks Jon!). Pours dark brown/rootbeer color with thin tan head. Aroma of big chocolate, coffee, caramel and a bit of pepper. Taste is sweet with some peppery notes and some roasty bitterness. Full bodied with oily/sticky texture. Roasty finish. Really nice!