argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(WCC2003) Viscous black black with small brown head. Aroma is rich cofee, medium sweet, chocolate. Taste is coffee bitter, some sweet, some chocolate. Finish is muted chococoffee. Medium-full body, but watery.
jcwattsrugger (11066) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours a disappearing light brown head and black color. Aroma is roasty dark malt-cocoa powder, raisin, some earthy hops. Taste is roasty dark malt-anise/cocoa powder, raisin, some earthy hops.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost black, beautiful dark brown head with decent retention and solid lacing. Aroma of chocolate oatmeal raisin cookies with macadamia nuts inside. Taste is silky coffee grounds and burnt espresso. Very nice.
Lubiere (9731) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black stout with a thin moka head. Good sweet chocolate aroma, nice chocolate malt, nice and bitter, with roasted toasts and light floral hops. Pleasant light stout. On tap Feb. 10, 2006.
hopdog (8769) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from 22oz bottle provided by egajdzis. Poured a dark black with red edges and a very small sized off white head. Aromas of oatmeal, chocolate and roasted malts. For a lack of description, it pretty much had an overall sweet smell to it. Tastes of oatmeal, roast, light coffee and anise. Thinner body.
Sammy (8349) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Initial reaction was; what happened to the bottle? No bubbles on top of the liquid, it even appeared to be missing some fluid. Dark, almost no carbonation present. The pour-was this a cask beer? The taste-a cask RIS and a magnificent one based on that with understated natural carbonation and tasty coffee-chocolate bittersweetness. A delight of a beer
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. I bought this because at 3 bucks it was a steal. I’ve had a lot of problems with McNeills stuff in the past, but this beer gives me some confidence that they’re getting it sorted out. Dark black beer with a thick sticky deep tan head. Lovely aroma of coffee/espresso and a bit of cocoa. A soft tartness and a light roastiness as well. Perhaps a touch of berries, but it is mostly firm dark malts, milk chocolate, and a bit of roast. Sweet and fairly full-bodied with a light silkiness on the palate. Pretty nice brew really.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at the Richmond Industry Gathering. Gusher. Pours a dark brown color with a huge brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of oats, cherries and roasted malts. The taste is roasted malts, oats, nuts and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied, chewy texture. Seems a little off, which is a shame as it’s otherwise an excellent beer.
jtclockwork (7890) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose/taste of roast chocolate malt, flaked oats, flaked barley and hints of vanilla. Lots of up front roast on the nose. Taste has some burnt barley and malt in the forefront. Medium body.
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow, just wow. The pour is ebony with 1-finger brown head. The beer looks oily and almost shiny like a crow. The aroma is awesome, big roasty malt, big chocoff, some licorice, hazelnut, and anise. Dense palate, very creamy and smooth, with tons of flavors including chocoff, roasty dark malt, hazelnut, and slight anise. This one is outstanding, and well worth a 5.0 score.