fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Elizabeth Station, Bellingham, WA
Black color, small head. The aroma is a bit too mild, some roasted malts, then chocolate and a trace of tobacco. Very good chocolate flavor, lean body, smooth mouthfeel. Strong bitterness, but not excessive.
Excellent, balanced, quite elegant too.
jstraw (1943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with big, foamy, brown head / Rich, dry nose of toasted barley, tobacco, chocolate, and caramel / Medium to full body, dry, toast, excellent balance and moderately bitter finish / Mellow flavors of bittersweet chocolate, plum, prune, and roast coffee / The flavors are a little subdued, even cooked, but this is very well put together.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from Mike, thanks bud! Pours a black body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is roasty with some ash and a moderate chocolate. Mild pine hops with touches of licorice. Flavor is similar. Roasty with a rich dark chocolate malt backing, touches of licorice, a light pine note, and hints of vanilla. Finishes clean and somewhat dry with a light bitterness and a clean roast balanced by plenty of chocolate. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, light carbonation Overall, a pretty solid foreign stout. Lots of chocolate with a balanced roast backing as well as a light hop, licorice, and vanilla note. Nice beer.
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark black pour with a tan head, lots of carbonation. Aroma of burnt coffee, licorice. Bitter and sweet. Flavors of dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee. Nice alcohol heat.
crossovert (8682) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice one here, caramel, roasty, a bit boozy though. But overall a solid mini-"impy" stout.
Narnad (1486) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black colored brew topped with a tall creamy tan head. Aroma has a great coffee bitterness and chocolate malt combo providing a richly inviting malty brew. Flavor is all malt. Early dark chocolate notes are overtaken by modest coffee bitterness and this fades to a nice burnt malt roasted character at the end with a slight salty kick. Body is has moderate amount of density with a slightly creamy feeling too it. Overall not a bad stout. I like seeing someone put out a true foreign stout (albeit marketed as an American Stout). as the alcohol doesn’t come into play in the flavor at all and the hops presence is nil. With very rich roasted malt character, this makes for a great drinking brew on cold nights.
pinkzambia (1584) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:Jet black with a tan head. Choco malt balls, bitter-sweet chocolate, and hazelnut aromas. Robust flavors of coffee, charcoal, coffee grounds with a papery bitter aftertaste. Not bad.
msalm (59) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I get chocolate and roasted peanut in the nose. It’s deep, deep brown, nearly midnight black body with a light head that sticks around on the edges...taste is well-balanced with an initial sweetness that swings into lightly bitter and some hints of salt...lots of roasted barley and coffee at the end. Has a sticky texture to it...a dryer stout with sweet notes at a decent price.
ryecatcher (938) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours an opaque, deep brown-black with a thin mocha colored head, which dissipates quickly (might be my glass though). Nose is roasty, malt and some hints of vanilla. Mouth is full and creamy, full of dark roast, cocoa, toffee and a malty backbone and a hint of diacetyl (reminds me a bit of the ole’ Sammy Smith’s). Fades out with a nice lingering bitterness. Really good stout.
Jimthechap (1941) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love stout. Stouty stouty McStoutington. Gorgeous black chocolately dark quaffing beer. Yes thank you, I’ll have another couple of pints of stout. I love it, I love stout and left to my desert island beer, it would be a well known dry Irish stout. This one, was going to wake my senses whatever it presented. In the course of things it appeared dark with a definite ruby port note. So clear and lustrous. Quote beautiful. There was a head of mocha that left good lace and the aroma was of good Dutch cocoa and rich, nearly ripe berryfruit: cherries and plums that weren’t dripping with ripeness, but welcomed the eater with a fulsome mouthful of tart acid. The flavour is all about the cocoa and dusty coffee grinds. Not much reminder of fruit, but chocolate and dusty cocoa. A tasty stout indeed and one that I compare to the dark eyed lofty breasted maiden of your dreams. Or my dreams at least.
A bit of dark chocolate bitterness at the finish but a dessert beer that would match a good expensive Cuban cigar. Yes indeedy. A good match.