rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
tap @ now defunct brewpub on 16 Nov 2011. dark brown with small head. roasted malt & sweet with a rather weak body. thin and bland.
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with red. It is opaque. A nice thick head of almost oatmeal consistency leaves lacing. A chocolate and yeast nose. I taste coffee first and ashes after that. Grass flavor and that doesn’t seem to belong here. Some roast, too. Feel is thin. In a nutshell, this tastes like cold coffee.
flatmatt (1051) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Roasty, smoky aroma with cocoa. Flavor is also roasty, with coffee and cocoa. Light palate. It’s decent.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown pour with a small white head. Subtly roasty malt and bread aroma. Nutty bread flavor with a little bit of a spicy noble hop finish and a touch of brown sugar. Medium body with a crisp lager finish and moderate carbonation.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours brown/black with no head. light earthy, coffee aroma. some sweet roasted grains come through but flavor drops off pretty quickly. the palate is quite thin. makes for easy drinking, but fails to leave a lasting impression.
badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours black with small medium brown head...aroma is of roasted coffee and chocolate...flavor is pretty weak, and is of coffee and bitter chocolate...thin palate
mds (2192) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
draught. deep dark brown with a slight red tinge on the edges along with a small white ring of head. aroma has some nutty roastiness. somewhat hollow and metallic body with the aforementioned nuttiness that shows up in the aroma. fairly average overall.
Tmoney99 (10399) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft sampler at MBC. Poured a dark brown color with an average off-white head that diminished slowly. Moderate roasted malt aroma. Medium body. Good roasted chocolate flavor with a medium soft finish.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at MBC. Dark brown body, thin off-white head. Thin roasty, toasty, nutty aroma. Flavor of dry chocolate and nutty notes, dominated by toast. Thin palate that gets a bit tart in the aftertaste. Easy drinking, but too thin with a weak finish.
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one has a pretty low ABV. I was not overly impressed, I prefer their stout to this one. A nice chocolate undertone with a malty taste. Thinner than one would expect for a dark beer.