PhillyBeer2112 (2473) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark hazy brown color. Sweet caramel-molasses nose, with layers of freshly baked chocolate cake and coconut (german chocolate cake?). Flavor is mainly caramel-molasses, and a touch sugary/syrupy with a near cloying finish.
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Gella’s, Hays KS: Very dead pour without the slightest hint of a head; fairly roasty and astringent, some notible hoppiness; fairly dead palate. Not very impressive.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 Pours very dark brown (nearly opaque brown - which is unsual since most opaque stouts look more black than brown...) with a tan head. The aroma is similar to the english porter: burnt toast, bitter cocoa. The roasted flavors may be a little stronger - perhaps hints of cold/weak coffee. The hops are detectable. The mouthfeel is quite nice (no doubt thanks to the oatmeal). Possibly one of the best efforts at this institution.
TAR (2382) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler: Penetrable black. Unfiltered. Snug, tiny bubbles rise to form a creamy light-gray ring. Strongly roasty aroma with notes of smoke, chocolate fudge, and coffee. Fairly bready, as well. Loose, prickly carbonation. Watery body. Opens pungently roasty and acidic, but quite soft and lush, beneath, with an onset of bready malt and dark chocolate. Much dryer than it is oily, with a flavorsome lightly-toasted oat character. Hints of dry char, salt, and roasted wood lend a counterpoint to the thick malt base. Straw flavors thwart some of the sweetness and pillar the body by imparting a clean fluffiness. The finish is bitterly chocolaty, softly roasty and dotted with sprucelike hop flavors, but rather thin, wet and more subdued, overall. A very malty example with a fairly wide range of textures and flavors, but the oat flavors are much more abundant than any oat-derived oiliness you might find, which causes the mouthfeel to become quite thin and watery. Drinkable, but flabby and thin, essentially.
Ernest (5887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, husks), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from growler. Thanks TAR and cb. Beer is clear, very dark brown colored with a small, light tan, frothy, mostly and rapidly diminishing head. The aroma is straight-forward roasty. Heavy malt notes of roasted grain, light notes of chocolate, toasted peanut; Hoppy with light notes of herb, resin/pine; Yeasty with a trace of dough; Trace of pepper. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic with a long, moderately bitter, lightly sweet finish. Big roasty retros. The body is medium-to-full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was just tasty! Rich and delicious, and can turn into quite a sipper. Fresh brewed coffee, with some caramel candy, and some dusty cocoa powder. Flavor has just a touch of licorice, and a very smooth velvety mouthfeel. This was a treat to drink, finishes sweet and smooth.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Long lasting, dense cap of khaki brown foam. Smooth buttery carbon aroma, like toasted marshmellows, brownies, carmel. Chocolate and coffee flavors, with a bit of chalky bitterness. A standout brewpub stout.
jzzbassman (1414) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a head that lasted the better part of an hour. Lots of coffee in the aroma, but not much in the flavor. Creamy and mouth coating, flavor reminded me of what a Sam Smith’s could be if it was fresh (although I could be wrong never having tried one fresh). Very nice but I still say the porter is their star.
3fourths (7524) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color with some burgundy light at the bottom. Massively tall brown head. Up front it’s rich and with flavors of toffee and sweet amaretto, a toasty oatmeal under-flavor as well. Rich and sweet maple in present, with a liquer-like finish. Oats and some light smoke in the nose - a good beer but not excellent. Another regular recipe that was executed very well.