willblake (2626) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
20090903 Picked this up a couple months ago at State Line. Dark, opaque brown with lofty, slowly fading head of medium tan foam. Mild, simple stouty aromas with a breezy floral kick mid to end sip. Fair bodied throughout, but with fairly agressive eff. Stark roast, dusty, astringent especially at finish. Floral notes make me think Brett. Good enough I might even give it another shot.
jonno (2097) - JAPAN - AUG 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid take on the style. Not going to knock you over in any way though. Dry stout, with medium bittering.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a frothy light beigish head. Nose is roasty, dry milk notes and malted milk balls. Palate is foamy and dry, almost chalky. Flavors are roasted malts, some chocolate notes, little bit of a yeast note. Finishes lightly bitter and pretty dry and chalky.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JUL 26, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Shared by argo0. Stressed yeast, chalk and burnt coffee. Yeah... not so great.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(500ml bottle) Small tan head atop clear red-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some coffee, chocolate, light sourness. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light earthy. Light-medium body, light stickiness.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown colored liquid with a somewhat fizzy light tan head. I catch a bit of funk behind the dark toasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Fairly thin in feel. As in the aroma the yeast has a relatively large influence in the flavor. Flavors of black malt, sour dough bread, and bitter chocolate. Fairly acidic. Not thick enough to sustain the bit bitterness. Some interesting and favorable roasted malt at times, but then there are other parts that distract, ie. bitterness, sourness, etc.
KyotoLefty (5792) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2009 Bottle from the brewery.
Pitch black with a tall tan head. Aroma of figs, cereals, roasted barley, some hops, molasses. Rich, dark, sweet, aroma. Rich flavor of dark fruits, roasted barley, thick rich grains, molasses, coffee, chocolate. Very complex and extremely well balanced. Dry overall but with lots of rich flavor and a good amount of sweetness, but not at all oversweet or cloying. Finish is dead dry, burnt with a touch of hops, dry, refreshing, light, a bit sour. A relatively light dry stout, but with very full flavor. Excellent.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled @ GJBF Yokohama: Dar black, light anise and fruit, some astringency and sharp roasty notes. The flavor is clean, some mild roast, sharp alkali and some musky finishing notes. Meh.
Capa (1942) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ GJBF 2007. Roasted coffee, cocoa, grassy, some milk, toasted aroma. Medium body. Bittersweet malts, coffee, toasted, earthy, and some hidden smoke. Pretty good, not outstanding.
MartinT (7482) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
The wooden hops which play with the flaky roastiness of this quenching Stout expose the malts’ simplicity. It remains quenching and tasty, but it cannot shine amongst others of its ilk.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the purplish black.
-Grapey esters dwell within, fittingly.
-The body isn’t thin, bot doesn’t provide enough chewing material for the style.
-This wasn’t served on nitro...and in this rare case, it might have lost something because of it.
On tap at Popeye’s.