stevoj (2728) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Every brewpub has to have a signature beer, this could be the one for The Library. Dark and smoky, bitter and biting, black as engine oil and just as slick. Hints of dark chocolate and espresso. A sipper for sure.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Opaque brown/black body, thin tan head. Roasty, dense nose, almost smoky, with roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Strongly roasted body with coffee beans and cocoa, presenting with a firm bite and bitterness. Stronger than most dry stouts and quite tasty.
GJF (1351) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Library. The best of their beers I tasted. Dark black with a mocha colored head. Not much aroma to it, but very full roasted flavor, a nice dry finish to it.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Part of a sampler at the Library in Houghton after 4 days sailing on Lakes Michigan and Superior, and being pounded off Superior. Happy to have a beer. Never-the-less, this was a very good beer. Coffee, roasted malt, burnt maple, all in a drinkable package. I wish I had one right now.
Skyview (5283) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at the brewpub in downtown Houghton, Northern Michigan. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin off-white head and some spotty lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a touch of chocolate and some grassy hops. Taste is medium bodied, very low carbonation with flavors of toasted dark malt, some chocolate, coffee and some grassy hops. Finish has a lingering toasted dark malt and grassy hop aftertaste. Still, a pretty solid dry stout.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Dark dark brownish black with a fine light tan creamy head. Lightly milky creamy, chocolate. Lightly sweet roast. Subdued. Creamy mouthfeel, smaller bubbles. Sweeter roast. Nondescript, slight chocolate. Some floral hops and acidity lingering. Reminds me of a buddy’s homebrew clone of Sierra Nevada Stout.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very dark brown color with only lacing for a head. A nice roasted aroma and taste. A grassy hop aroma and taste also that leaves a bitter aftertaste. Did nothing for me. There are better examples at this brewpub.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 15, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5 oz draught sample at the brewpub, late July 2006. A dark touch of head lasts for the whole 10-sample tasting (and its not nitro!) atop the thick jet body....big bitter chocolate-espresso nose, hugely roasty and dripping with character.....doesn’t hold up as well on the tongue, the bittersweet chocolate is just a bit weak and lacking in the complexity the nose hoped for....milky-smooth mouthfeel is pleasant, but somehow this didn’t quite deliver. Still a pretty nice rendition.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep brown color of rich melted dark chocolate. The aroma is rich and succulent, dripping with dark belgian chocolate and medium roast coffee maltiness. Some vanilla and light oak tones are notes as well. The flavor is incredibly full bodied, making this especially remarkable if the above denoted ABV of 5% is accurate. There is a lot of flavor and texture packed into 5%. Great balance between the rich toasty flavors and the dry finish. A subtle deep fruity flavor of roasted prune livens up the smokey, woody malt profile. Delicious, incredibly rich example of the style.
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on draft at the brewery. wow, this is better than i expected it. most small-time stouts are middle-of-the-road at best, usually falsely nitrogenated, and bland despite some roast. this is quite an enjoyable stout, however, and easily the better of the few brews i had at the Library.