nick76 (4077) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma has toasted malt and is sweet but does not have much of the coffee and chocolate that I have come to expect from a stout. The appearance is brown with a thin head. The flavor is like the aroma with some bitterness. The palate is utterly to thin for a stout.
eaglefan538 (2779) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice pour, served on nitrogen. Chocolate head and great lacing. Chocolate start to this one, but it turned to a choco-coffee balance as it warmed. Hops started to show up half way through, moreso than others from this non-hoppy Irish ale category, and I actually enjoyed it. Finish was notably dry, but not with overdone hops. Mouthfeel was moderate for the style, heavy overall. Nice job, competent brewing.
Tmoney99 (8787) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sampler at FBGF. Pours a dark brown color with a moderate creamy light brown head that diminished slowly. Moderate roasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Average roasted coffee malt flavor with a moderate smooth finish.
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At the brewpub in Pensacola... Pretty average dry stout, nice chocolate is present with plenty of roastiness. After awhile out at sea, I was well happy to have this.
Suttree (4453) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Asheville Brewgrass 2005. Dark brown, with a creamy tan head. Clean, toasty aroma, with a faint hint of vanilla. Xtra creamy, with coffee, a touch of chocolate, and smidgen of vanilla, and a dryish finish. Not bad.
MrRomero (1966) - Nolanville, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub in Pensacola: poured blak with a small tan head. Mild roastiness and chocolate notes. Full bodied and rich. Slightly sweet. A good stout.
Panzuriel (1183) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown liquid with no light passing though. Decent mocha head. Nose of roasted yet tangy coffee. Taste was straight roasted malt and slightly sweet. Good mouth presence broad and full. Finish was more roasty black coffee.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
They told me this took 3rd in some sort of world competition, not so sue about that. Poured very nice though. Very dark, creamy and silky looking. Smelled toasted matl lightly in the aroma and some sweetness. The flavor was primarily of toasted malt and light citrus peal hop bitterness. Very easy with a guiness style mouth feel, but creamier and with more staying power. Not too bad.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Mild hop aroma. Dark brown to black with a thin fast receding head. Very watery foretaste as seems to be the McQuires hallmark. Some roastiness in there along with very mild coffee and chocolate flavors. This could be very solid, but it is super-model thin which kills it for the style.
apost8n8 (123) - Oklahoma, USA - NOV 29, 2004
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Looks just like a Guiness but much more bitter. The roasted malts were a little too heavy IMO. Looks good and feels good but this stout was not for me.