FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A steady pour into my teku glass produces a one-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is a rich black color that is quite opaque. The nose has nice roasted nuttiness, lots of roasted grain, chewy burnt grain husk, and just an overall, smooth rich maltiness. Touches of dark chocolate, a solid toasted whole grain character that becomes more prominent as the beer warms up.
Smooth up front, but then a bitter, sharp roasted character kicks in towards the finish, and lingers nicely on the palate. Black, concentrated, malt-sweetened coffee, charred malt, burnt dark chocolate. Bitter hop notes meld with the roasted, bitter malt notes. There is a light malt sweetness to the beer, which really helps to balance the roasted malt character. Overall the roast character is kept really smooth here, it is sharp / biting in the right ways. The beer is quite quaffable, light enough, but still definitely a stout with enough palate presence, heft, and viscosity. The malt sweetness that is here even seems to provide suggestions of vanilla after the beer warms up quite a bit. A rich toasted nutty note, lots of rich dark maltiness, malted candy notes (without being overly sweet), and burnt caramel brittle are all more noticeable as the beer warms up.
This is a really well balanced and easy drinking for a standard Stout; I really like how smooth it is, but still has enough of a bit and sharpness from the roast character to keep this interesting. There is a burnt smokiness to this brew that lightly influences both the aroma and the flavor. This is defintely a beer meant for drinking throughout an evening.
adnielsen (7555) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ High Desert. Pours a dark reddish brown appearance with a creamy brown head. Roasty malty, cocoa, a bit herbal aroma. A touch fruity, very roasty, slightly smoked, dark chocolate flavor.
dnstone (2046) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasty aroma. Black in color with tan head. Flavor is quite roasty with slight red apple peel under tone. Roast flavors coat and linger.
LilBeerDoctor (3204) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of very roasted malt. Flavor of tons of parmesean cheese (itís like Iím eating a carton of cheese), some roastedness. Smooth palate. Decent stout. I donít know what my finding of parm cheese in this beer means but it did take away from my enjoyment.
skoisirius (1345) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a fairly dark black with a bit of reddish brown hints near the edges. Low retentive white almost tanned head. Very sweet roasty aroma, small hints of coffee. Flavor starts malty malty malty and never really goes anywhere else. Slight roast is there...ever so slight hint at burnt coffee, and ends in a very subtle hop note. Good, but would almost be better billed as a sweet stout!
Terminus (3041) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 aroma of coffee and rich roasted malts. Super sweet and hoppy. Palate is somewhat thin, but the flavors make up for it. Nice roasted finish that has a real nice kick.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, nice head. Unground coffee bean aroma and taste...not overly complex but VERY good. A crispy hop finish emerged as it warmed.