3fourths (7511) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
5 oz sample at the brewery. Dark brown colored body with red light at the bottom and top of the glass, topped by a dark brown, tiny-bubbled foamy nitro head. Light coffee and medium roast in the nose, with a similar flavor up front that turns more dry and pasty over the middle, with an almost tart/parched dry beachwood and char note into the finish. Very roasty and full flavored, but the nitro body is poorly done, and it falls apart thin and loose on the tongue rather quickly. They told me with straight faces that they sell growlers and growlers of this nitro stout. Ugh. Overall, it would benefit from either more heft, more chewiness, CO2, or all of the above. It’s a decent enough recipe but they’ve got to work on presentation.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap 10/25/07 as part of a sampler rack. Nitro pour, icky. Black in color, tan fake nitro head, decent retention, no lacing. Very low aroma, little bit of maltiness. Flavor is a little harsh with lots of highly kilned malts and very little backbone. Kinda watery too.
LinusStick (2698) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Marzonis in Allison Park. Not a very good dry stout at all. Pour was the best thing about it. A dark black with a 2 finger tan head. I saw that and thought, "Wow, this will be good".Nope. Aroma was decent. Coffeee and roasted malt. Taste was very weak. Carbonation was nil. It’s like this beer changed to water mid swallow. There was a very bitter roasted malt/hop aftertaste which helped. All in all not good.
Beerman6686 (3535) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of my favorites from marzonis. Dry but noit completley without hints of chocolate that i love.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub. Pours black with ruby edges and an eternal tan head that leaves excellent lacing. The aroma is very roasty with lots of fresh coffee notes, some chocolate, and even a very vague vanilla-y bourbon hint. The flavor is dark caramel and coffee at first, then gets nutty in the middle and leads to a sweet finish. Silky mouthfeel.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
black, fine tan head,
sweet dark chocolate and roasted aroma,
lots of sweet chocolate flavor, touch of vanilla sweetness, light roasted adds some balance,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
dpjuart (1029) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample in Altoona. Dark black color. Malt nose. Malt and chocolate and well hopped, but subtle. I like it. Body’s not really there, but not a big deal.
cheap (3655) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2008 On tap at the Marzoni’s in Allison Park, nice place. This beer’s appearance is simply delectable and attractive. Thick rolling rich black opaque used shovel head oil. Has chocolate mousse for a head but the head fades rapidly. Good roasty stout aroma. Very stoutlike initial taste. It comes across like you’ve filtered your beer thru the wet coals of an old wood campfire. I would think this was more like a sweet stout if I didn’t look at the style. Friendly and flat for the most part. Perhaps that is why it is listed as dry stout, very little if any carbonation. Overall a decent brew that deserves accolades. Creamy and dark. Has some medium lingering bitterness on the back of the throat like meat that has been burnt on the grill. Overall, a very good example of a dark beer. Not quite as good as Troegs Oatmeal but right up there with other good dry stouts like Carlow Ohara.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2007
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a black color with a dark brown head. The aroma was gritty coffee and roasty malts The flavor was very roasty, smoky and very bitter. There is a coffee undertone. The finish is long, bitter and smoky. The mouthfeel is rather thin.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep brown pour with aroma of chocoff, prunes. Tastes chocoffy, with some molasses at the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel.