Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Haymarket pub and brewery, Chicago - 04/11/12.
Very dark mahogony brown in the light, approcaching black when not, with a thin tan head.
Nose is roast malt, hops, toffee and some chocolate.
Tastes of roast malts, leather, liqourice, molasses with a great hoppy backbone.
Medium to full in body, soft carbonation.
Almost akin to a Black IPA as much as a stout! Tidy drop.
BVery (4247) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub. Dark brown pour with a soapy tan head. Chocolate malts with some bright hops - very fun brew!
novels (332) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flavorful double stout with a nice ringy brown foam on top. Notes of coffee and chocolate, plenty of malt to go around. Some nuttiness in finish.
Sammy (7029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very decent but not exceptional RIS, enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Good lacing. American style, hoppy, chocolaty. Decent drinkability.A little roast aroma
DuffMan (5187) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the brewpub. Near black, brown finely bubbled head. Rich dark roast coffee aroma, hints of black cherries. Hard roasted palate, coffee and char, light liquorice, met by intensely bitter hops. The potential cherries in the nose are swept away here, but it is still a potently flavoured brew. I liked it.
AWISLguy (664) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours very dark brown with a chocolate milk head; terrific lacing coating the sides. Aroma has bakers chocolate and coffee with some dark fruit. Taste brings bitterweet chocolate, roasted malts, expresso. Perhaps a bit thin for a stout. Finishes medium and bittersweet. Nice solid stout - alcohol well hidden.
Ughsmash (6666) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Haymarket. Poured deep brown with a well-retained, creamy head. The aroma was hop-driven, with floral and lesser citrus over well-roasted dark chocolate and licorice.. very fresh, vibrant, and well-balanced. The flavor found similar stuff.. dry-roasted licorice with offshoots of chocolate at the core, and green, fresh hops all over the place.. more pine this time, but the floral was still there.. a tad too aggressive and sharp on the finish with the combo of heavy roast and big hoppage. Medium-plus bodied, very bitter, and very roasty.. good level of carbonation kept it moving well.. overall very tasty stuff that I’d drink a lot of, especially if they cut back the dry-hopping just a little.
Theis (11061) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Haymarket. Black - brown head. Burned. Sweetness. Burned grains. High bitter hoppy. High malty. High dry burned. Licorice. Hard burned coffee beans. Ok.
Markm2151 (241) - toledo, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Tan head that had good retention and lacing. Dark black body. Chocolate caramel aroma. Roasted malt presence, alcohol warmth was definitely noticeable
jstraw (1645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2012 Black with decent, creamy, tan head / Nose of dark roast barley / Medium body, acidic and thin, with very bitter, weak, finish / Flavors of burnt coffee and barley, with hint of lemon / Not being a brewer, would speculate that it is over roasted to the point of excessive acidity and bitterness, much like can happen with coffee.