Fatehunter (1579) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had the Liberty Stout at the brew pub off the tap a week ago. I got a growler of it, which is good since I didn’t take any notes on it the first time.
Poured into a pint glass. Dark, dark, darkness. It even keeps a little head coming out of the growler.
Smell: Roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate and almonds.
Taste: Surprised by a tiny sweetness of malt at first, then strong espresso, ending with nice bitterness; a solid balance.
Medium body for a stout. Slight tingle on the tongue, not the smoothest stout. I graded on this glass, but I do remember the tap version was a lot smoother.
With an almost perfect balance of flavors this could be my regular drinking beer if I lived closer to Hays, KS.
RobertDale (4082) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the Parkville Microbrew Festival. Comes almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Nice.
Westchesterco (1246) - mclean, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at the brewpub it is a dark brown with a slight head. It has the aroma of roasted coffee and tastes of chocolate and strong roasted coffee. That lingers bitter on the palate.
Iphonephan (4034) - McLean, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the LB brewpub in Hays KS. Pours black with a tan head. Light chocolate nose. Cocoa, coffee and some dark fruit flavors. Smooth, slightly bitter finish.
KapitiCritique (369) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - FEB 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler hauled back from Hays; pours like foaming raspberry and chocolate - deep brown and purple, good head and lacing; rounded taste - sweet and slightly acidic, reminds me of maple syrup sweetness; big nose, chocolate and coffee; big mouth, full-ish bodied, long finish, sweet and sour.
adnielsen (10024) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Liquid Bread. Deep black appearance with a dark brown head. Roasty and toasty, dark chocolate malty nose. Dark roasted malty flavor that has a slight burnt flavor. Hints of dark chocolate and black coffee. Slightly hoppy, roasted dark malty aftertaste. Good stout.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Poured a very dark brown with minimal tan-ish head. The smell was of roasted malt and hints of coffee, with the taste being much the same. A mild dryness from the hops, and not too much alcohol presence. Moderate carbonation. Quite drinkable for a stout--wish I’d had in November rather than August!
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 09-20-2009
BeerandBlues2 (10603) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Lb. Pours clear black with an average, creamy beige head, medium retention and good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, roasted, burnt, nutty, dark fruit), light hops (earthy), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of prune and tar. Flavor is heavy malt (chocolate, roasted, burnt, nutty), light hops (earthy), and light esters (dried fruit) with notes of prune and date. Medium body, creaminess, and carbonation, low warmth with a dry finish.
Ratman197 (10820) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of DenverLogan poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and a hint of licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee and light vanilla with a smooth dry lingering roasty chocolate finish.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s not often that you come across a brewery who has a stout as their flagship beer. However, in the case of small micropub Gella’s Diner / LB Brewing, they’ve got not one, but two. On a recent trip I was able to stop in at the brewery and sample their beers, coming away sufficiently impressed. I picked up growlers of both their Liberty Stout (#50) and their Oatmeal Stout (#6), both of which are multiple award winners at the GABF and even the World Beer Cup.
I’m enjoying the Liberty Stout with a ribeye steak that I marinated in, yep, Liberty Stout. Pours a deep brownish black, like espresso. Continuing the coffee theme, the tan brown head looks a lot like frothed milk. Sometimes you get a stout that’s just too watery. Not the case with this guy. It’s rich, thick, and delicious, with tons of body, decent amount of lacing. Aroma is impressive for the style, with some very deep roasted notes followed by chocolate syrup. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, with some surprisingly hefty bitterness. Balance is the name of the game here. This tastes like a milk stout but without the lactic – it’s very sweet, and really amazing, as there’s lots of brown sugar in the finish. Kind of like a chocolate coca cola. Pretty darned good take on an American Stout. Enjoyable.