maxwelldeux (2223) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
For supposedly being a chocolate stout, I sure taste no chocolate in it. It actually tastes burnt to me - like there is a splash of burnt coffee in there. Itís got a beautiful color and a moderate tan head, but the taste doesnít hold up to the expectations from the looks and smell.
Leighton (6956) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle in NYC. Pours black with a huge, beige cream head. Thereís some cocoa in here, sure, as well as modest roast, but unfortunately the beer is a bit sour. Nicer (but not necessarily pleasant) chocolate notes in the finish. Some ash and tobacco. Light bodied with explosive carbonation. Too bad.
glennmastrange (1888) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Botlle. Moderate toasted and cocoa powder for the malt, light herbs and basement for the hops and yeast, with notes of solvent, vinegar and prune. Head is small, frothy/fizzy, light brown with no lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown, Flavor starts heavily acidic and sour. then finishes moderately acidic, lightly bitter and acetic. Palate is light ot medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. Sour, simple and artificially dry, thereís not much else to this Foreign Stout.
zdk (1758) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Table & Vine. Not what I was expecting. Has that dry, dusty cocoa nib taste, as advertised, but completely lacking in body. Watery with some sharp metallic notes, green pepper, weird tartness. Toasted grain and some sweet dark malts, light fruity note and some molasses. Unpleasant copper finish.
AirForceHops (1851) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Got at Table and Vine; West Springfield, MA. Opaque black, thick full tan head that dies slow. Lots of lacing down the snifter. Pleasant nose of cocoa, roasted barley and light ash. Taste follows the nose. Lots of roasted barley I get the most from the taste, with other mentioned in aroma. Very light body for a stout. It lacks some depth, a bit to thin, not the chewy and creamy like the commercial description indicates. However it does have a hop bitterness as the stout warms. Dry finish. A nice stout for the hot summer months. It doesnít fill you up and is quite easy to drink. With a lower ABV you can enjoy it without getting smashed. I enjoyed this stout. Would buy again.
Floback (484) - Naples, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours raven black with a rim of tan head. Tight, tan lacing. Strong nose of coffee, cocoa, and toffee. Flavors of dark fruits, plum, coffee bean, and grape. Soft/medium carbonation and medium/full body, almost thin for a stout. Overall, a satisfying brew.
dimenhetfield (2354) - , Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Dark brown pour with a very thin head. No lacing and low carbonation. Aroma has a good amount of malt and chocolate presence along with a slight maple touch. Flavor is very much like aroma, sweet with a touch of malt and barley.
drowland (4992) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
1/7/11. On tap. Mild dry irish stout aroma with chalk, coffee, and chocolate. Mildly sour and dry chocolatey stoutishness... Meh.
fluffy (800) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
though its a beautiful beer, i gotta say this didnt really impress me much. it seemed unbalanced, too hoppy for what should be a stout. kinda of watery, not much cocoa notes for a chocolate stout. gonna pass on this one next time.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber thanks to Justin! Poured cola brown with a short, well-retained tan head. The aroma picked up toasted barley and chocolate malts, with a light sour impression from the same sugars.. sweeter cocoa and vanilla accented.. nothing at all wrong with the nose here. The flavor found an even heavier impression from the chocolate, with smooth, cake-like notes at the core and light husky bitterness around.. a touch of malty sourness joined at the middle and rode out the finish.. tasty stuff. Light-medium-bodied with smooth malts on the palate.. the sourness complemented well, but almost got in the way toward the back.. all in all a very good brew that Iíd love to have on tap in the basement.