koleminer20 (693) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. Finally getting around to adding beers from the Detroit Zoo Brew! Enjoyed on September 26. The pour is a nice dark brown, almost black, with a off white medium head that fallc down to a ring. The aroma is incredibly roasty. There is a strong chocolate presence and a lot of malt throughout the nose. The flavor is just as youíd expect. A lot of roast, some bitterness as if there is a little coffee there, and some strong cocoa. The malts are probably more powerful than any stout Iíve had in a while. The mouth feel is definitely thin, The carbonation does a nice job helping it feel more velvety than it should. The aftertaste is dry and lingeringly bitter, like a cross of roasted malt and spent coffee.
DrSilverworm (6819) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle, thanks to umich03jm. Bottled 2/05/14. Pitch black color. Pours with an overly big fizzing light brown head, most of which stays put. One of those beers where you have to wait for the head to die down before being able to pour the rest of the bottle. Medium body. Kind of rough, stronger carbonation, with a soft texture. Kind of thin mouthfeel overall. Takes awhile for the carbonation to die down, and as it does, this becomes more drinkable and it becomes easier to taste the flavor, though the rough edge never fades.. Some dark chocolate, cocoa, metallic. Light dark fruit. Moderate bitter, kind of tingly light tart taste. Tastes like an off bottle. Not awful, but difficult to drink. Did not finish. Looks like all the tap entries had glowing reviews. Myself and the other guy who rated a bottle seem to be drinking a much different beer than what is on tap.
bwa5879 (697) - Portage, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very explosive opening, overflowing beige head. Once cleaned up it settled to a dark brown to black. Cottony aroma of floral hops and smokey campfire malt. Fairly low carbonation, really foamy yet thin watery mouthfeel, finishes a little smokey but mostly clean. Bitter licorice and campfire roast flavor, burned smoked meat taste too. Thin flavor reminds me more of a porter. Too much carbonation, flavor is okay but everything else is flawed.
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a sold dark, near black, with hints of mahogany red at the edge. Pillows of head form; off-white and persistent.. Initially at 2.5 inches., but settling to 1/8 inch. The nose suggests dark-roasted malts, cooked milk, and chocolate. Medium body, with nice lingering, although the body is lighter than expected for a stout. The palate suggests cacao nibs, malt and distinct bitter notes, with a very pleasant lingering. Belgian lace did form. Carbonation is pleasant and the ABV is not noticeable. Very pleasant and appealing, but not noticeably unique.
tectactoe (2210) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2014 Tap @ Liberty: Nearly black, some dark brown & ruby highlights at the edges; tan, fine-bubbled head perched nicely on top leaving spots of lacing on its way down. Aroma is very roasted, thick, malty - very robust. Light cocoa powder, faint fudge, a hint of milky sweetness, & even a very timid saltiness in the very back. Light hop presence, lending some herbal notes to the profile. Taste is heavily malty with a nice, smooth bitterness up front; burnt coffee beans, unsweet cocoa dust & cocoa nibs, aggressive roast.... More on the bitter-roasty side than the aroma would lead you to believe. Not much of that creamy sweetness I was getting. Lasting, spent coffee ground mouth coating in the aftertaste. Nice stout! I typically enjoy the roasted/bitter stouts more than most, so this was a pretty nice brew on all accounts.
lukedarock (179) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent stout, with a distinct flavor has something different to give it a bite of bitter along with some sweet malts
Corrinado711 (80) - - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with thin Tan head. Aroma of lactose, roasted malt, chocolate and bread. Taste is chocolate and malt at first with a surprising hoppy finish. Starts like a stout, finished like an ale with a light booze aftertaste . Nice balance though, Mouthfeel is light to medium.
umich03jm (2119) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2014 Nitro tap at the brewery. Should this be a new beer entry? Pours pitch black with a 2 finger thick, creamy head that leaves chunky lacing when it fades. Aroma is very roasty and nutty with some light burnt wood and ashy notes. Taste is really good. Very dense and creamy. Dark roasted coffee, peanuts, burnt wood and very light chocolate. Light sweetness up front and a moderately bitter finish. Medium to thick body, very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Really good nitro stout. Re-rate 10/22/14 - Iím leaving my rating the same because I really remember this beer being great off of the nitro tap. Had it a couple times since, both on tap and in the bottle, and itís not as good. Itís not terrible but itís also not memorable. Probably in the 3.4 range.
JPDurden24 (1611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the brewery, dark brown pour with a nice tan head. Roasty and dark chocolate aroma. Taste has a little sweetness touch with the dark chocolate roast. Good stuff!
Tmoney99 (10986) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Black pour with an moderate frothy light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Solid sweet chocolate toasted malt flavor with a smooth sweet finish of moderate duration. Soild stout.