ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. There’s about a finger worth of a light tan colored head, also. Retention is about average for the style, but the texturing is very nice. Some decent lacing is left behind.
S: The aroma is rather muted, unfortunately. There is a presence of chocolate backed by some brown sugar, and there’s even a touch of hoppiness. As it warms up, it becomes quite caramel-forward...too caramel-forward, actually.
T: Actually, it’s hoppier than I anticipated. It tries to have an initial coffee-like flavor to start, but it’s general hop bitterness that I’m picking up the most. That, and a ton of caramel. I’m really missing some of the roasted and chocolaty flavors I get out of other stouts.
M: At least it deserves some credit for having a crisp dryness to it. Given that, its light body, and its decent carbonation, it’s pretty easy to drink.
O: Not a fan, really. Hoppy stouts need to have a nice backbone of malt and hop flavors, not weak caramel with a ton of generic bitterness. Guess which one this achieves?
Lutz2jm (160) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark black pour with a white head. Not super smooth and a bitter finish. Notes of toast and chocolate good but not great.
fabioanselmo (185) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - OCT 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clássica Stout. Sabor e aroma de malte torrado com toques de café e algo de chocolate. Corpo médio com boa formação de espuma. Lágrimas na taça e escura como a noite. No palato um leve amargor, simplesmente deliciosa.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
arn8897 (55) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2014 Pours a dark brown. Little hazy. Thin with a bit higher hop presence than I?m used to in a stout. Nothing to write home about. Middle of the road beer. Unfortunatly forgetable.
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"not as good as it used to be (all Mendo brews have gone a little downhill over the last few years), but it’s still a solid effort. all the right roasted, malt flavors...decent hop balance, just a touch underwhelming."
Bork (351) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very low on flavor for the style although the tastes that do surface is quite pleasant. Pretty thin and a wee bit watery on the finish.
Beersiveknown (3425) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 31, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle at home from dicey’s bargain bin
dark opaque brown brown black, thin tan lacing with slightly sweet toasty barley nose. moderate carbonation, thin body, slightly astringent,no finish. insipid
Jorn69 (1236) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ Havregatan. Bottle from Kihoskh, Copenhagen (31 DKK). Roasted malt with notes of chocolate and vanilla, moderate sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and bitter with chocolate notes.
solidfunk (4529) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some coffee and roast but ingredients don’t mesh well. Pours black, OK head and lacing. Thick consistently. Kind of an oaky astringent finish. Bottle.
alexsdad06 (6083) - Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours dark brown in color with a small khaki colored head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, some powdery dark chocolate, earthy bitterness, dry finish, thin body detracts.
matt4054 (35) - Cottage Grove, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black stout. Dry and similar to Guinness. Easy to drink, not heavy or sweet. Got a six pack on special and would pick up again.