howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2004 Very dark brown body, frothy head. Roasty, minerally aromas. Roasty, well balanced flavors. Creamy light to medium mouthfeel. This is exactly what it tries to be and gets points for that. Unfortunately, the dry Irish stout does little to excite anyone's palate these days.
Ernest (5920) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially large, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (almost opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (dough), with a light note of vanilla and mineral. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Wow, now this is a very authentic dry stout...low alcohol, clean and wonderfully balanced, has that hard water / wet stone smell that all Irish stouts do, insanely quaffable, but still creamy and very enjoyable. And a fairly well-lasting head without the nitro crutch. And just about opaque, which surprised me. Thumbs up.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black color, with a thin, but long-lasting brown head. Roasted aroma, with chocolate lingering in the background. Tastes like coffee, assuming you drink your coffee with plenty of cream and sugar. Thin. Drinkable, somewhat enjoyable, but there are certainly better stouts out there.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown or black color with an initially medium tan head, but it quickly vanishes. Burnt malt flavor and aroma. A bit sour and dry. It's a little thin and reminds me more of a mediocre porter than of a stout. Not bad, but certainly not special.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark brown, nearly black in color with a thin tan head. Aroma is almost purely cheap black coffee when its cold, but warms to unveil a little roasty malt character. Body is somewhat thin and very dry with a bitter burnt coffee finish. Too much burnt flavor here and not enough malty thickness or balance.
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Short lived tan head over a black body. Appetizing aroma of rye bread and caramel. There's a bit of smoke in there, too. The flavor starts weak and finishes strong. At first there's just a wet blandness with a touch of bitter hops. The finish has a nice dry roastiness but with a slight tart metallic touch. I would have liked more boldness all throughout the flavor profile, especially in the beginning.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2004 Bottle. Actually called Snake Chaser Irish Style Stout. Truly opaque black liquid. respectable mocha colored head. I smile as I take in the first olfactory perceptions. Roasted malt, light smoke, treacle, tar, and toast. Light bittersweet slippery start. Dry roasted finish. Smooth, simple, and drinkable. Perhaps I was in the mood for this brew but it really has been a while since I have had a stout that I have enjoyed as much as this one. Lingering malt and roasted flavor. Original Rate Aroma 8, Appearance 4, Flavor 8, Palate 4, Overall 17. Rerate: Now that the initial euphoria is over...Still good but a touch chalky.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
So I went on the "Brewery tour" at Lakefront today and was suprised to see this beer, as it was new to me (and obvisly to RateBeer as I just added it). It was damn tasty, so I had 2 pints of it (needeed one to wash down the bad Pumpkin beer).