ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours out a clearish, dark brown, near black body with a well-sized, frothed, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Hearty and fulfilling - it’s like the reunion show of some long ago canceled television sitcom. Retired, aging, has-been grains sitting alongside barley and wheat, who’s beer careers have been on an unprecedented meteoric rise, to share memories and swap stories with limited commercial interruption.
Taste: The Survival Stout utilizes more well-known grains including barley, oats, and wheat, but it also contains a number of ancient, oft-forgotten grains: amaranth, spelt, quinoa, and kamut. Starts with a flavor of fine dark chocolate syrup with touches nutty oats, molasses, Dutch cocoa, and with a background taste of crisp, blackened grains. Medium degree of sweetness throughout. Also, there’s a buildup of smooth, tasty espresso. Meager earthy hop character and bitterness, with more perceived bitterness attributed to the grains than the hops. Finishes dry and roasty.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is velvety to a point. Yes, yes, it is.
Drinkability: Somewhere, in a secret, candlelit room, the uninvited, unwelcome Rye Grain sits alone brooding. From floor to ceiling, the walls are plastered with iStockphoto.com stills of the various grains all X’ed out with bright red lipstick. This won’t, this cannot end well. Survival Stout, with its wide array of various grains and added cold-pressed espresso presents a rich, inviting complexity and yet there’s a very, very sensible ABV%. Recommended!
unclemattie (3904) - Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. dark reddish-brown pour. Aroma of roasted grain. Flavor of deep roast and a bit of molasses. a bit thin, still very tasty.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fantastic aroma of chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Taste is the same with a slightly nutty finish. Mouth feel is a bit thin though, could use just a little more body. Drinkable, and enjoyable.
CapFlu (4242) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draft) Sampled at GCBF 2009 in Victoria on September 9, 2009. Nice velvet texture. Good coffee base. Sweet, some under tones of vanilla. Good start to beer fest and remarkable brewer/brewery. 8/4/8/3/15
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
coffeeee! yes! cappuccino, java.. yes!! !! pure! .. black .. so smooth and perfect roast level .. espresso cup aromas .. . very tasty, organic? .. awesome stuff!
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle courtesy of kenb! dark pour with a 1 finger light brown head. aroma is tons of coffee, just like a cup oif regular ol joe. plus lots of hearty yummy grains of course! taste is a nice bitter bite cut with the earth flavors of grain, dirt, smoke and time. being familiar with the more obscure grains in this drink i can def taste and very much appreciate their presence in this mixture. nice full body with some velvet and a very nice feel all the way through, very primal, i love it! leaves a great smokey, full aftertaste that is bitter, but not too. idef want some more of this!
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 11/10/2008
Roast aroma. Small beige head. Black smooth and a little rich on the palate with a crisp and slightly dry coffee roast finish.
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 100% aroma of coffee, deep dark brown with tan head, very sweet malt and roasted, sweeter as it warms, not bad too one sided for some
beersearcher (2165) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a beautiful dark beer. Grain smell that grabs you. You can taste coffee and chocolate in this. Great as a beer float!
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours quite black with a four finger tan head. Lots of coffee and chocolate in the aroma. Body is a bit thinner than anticipated. Carbonation is mild. Flavor is harshish coffee and darkly toasted malts, or perhaps grains is more correct in this case. Coffee tends to dominate the chocolate which is more noticeable in the finish. Really a joy to drink.