Reid (2028) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ok Sunday afternoon down the local McMenamin brew pub ( Thomsons Brewery, Salem )..New nitro tap..Terminator so here goes..
After a long wait for the cascade to stop the beer appears to be a deep dark mahogany topped with a fabulous massive tan head..very nice to look at!
Nice aroma of roasted barleys and chocolate..some honey too!
MMM this is a rather odd ( but not unpleasant) taste for a stout..its actually quite sweet in a honeyish sort of way..but still the dark chocolate malts and the roasted barley show through..and after there is a good bitterness..pretty unusual but I like this.
Very smooth and pleasant on the tongue though it is a little on the thin side for a stout.
A pretty good drinkable stout though maybe the sweetness would put some off.
OldGrowth (2850) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Kennedy school: Good nose,coffee molasses. Reddish,brown. Dark couldn't see through, but edges were kinda clear.Not much head. Nice roasty malts, again coffee/molasses. Thinner than i'd expect(seems to be a brewers signature)Some bitterness. My winner of the day.
xsketchyx (184) - Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 Okay, usually I have this on nitro at the McMenamin's pubs, but today I have a 22 to try out. Seems to pour darker than I remember, not much head. Huge nutty / coffee smell. Seriously, this stuff smells like a starbucks. Very nutty, roasted coffee taste. Nice finishing hops. This stuff is like chocolate-nut coffee candy. Even better than I remembered it being. It's a little on the thin side, but the massive interesting flavors more than make up for it.
If you're ever in Portland, do whatever you can to get out to the McMenamin's Kennedy school, which is probably one of the coolest places I have ever been. If you can't make it to the Kennedy school, just pick one of the McMenamins pubs that's practically on every street corner in Portland.
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, pours with a moderate brown head that quickly dissipates. Huge sweet chocolate aroma. Flavor is sweet, chocolatey and nutty.
Mouthfeel is not near as creamy and full as the Blackwatch I just drank. Really good stout though.
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2008 One of my favorite Stouts. It’s robust, flavorful, and satisfying. A roasty, malty smell with an apperence that is black as death. I can’t say enough about this brew!
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black color. Medium head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. A full bodied stout. Malts are chocolate and coffee. Hops are mild and slightly bitter. Well balanced. A nice easy drinking and smooth tasting stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JUL 11, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2003 Found it in bottle form at John's Marketplace (7/2003). Fairly dark with a khaki head. Nice roasted malt aroma of coffee, burnt toast, with a hint of chocolate, and a hint molasses. Aromas sort of retreat on the taste. Finishes with a slight sourness. Solid stout. Probably one of McMenamins better brews.
3fourths (8468) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2004 Black, some light at edges. Light body, strong flavor of smoked wood. More like a strong porter than a stout. Very light smokey aroma.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black in color with an average sized head. Pure milk chocolate taste...a bit too carbonated for the style, but ill take it.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Why the hell can I see through this brew? I was intimidated by Arnold the "Terminator" but not by this stuff. Pretty subdued in all aspects. Not to say that it isn't good, it's just that there is nothing about this beer that makes it anything other than a dime a dozen. Well rounded and well balanced. Some dark chocolate, some coffee notes and a somewhat complex finish, but again, I dont see the raves about it.