johnnnniee (1944) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overly expensive 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a solid black with no light penetration. smallish tan head dissipates quickly to a ring around the top of the glass. Smells of roast caramel, toffee, and chocolate, spicy perfumy hops, touches of alcohol and a slight smoky phenolic in there as well. Taste is roasty and smoky, mix up with some chocolate, caramel, and spicy hops. The body on this one starts off really thick, but somehow finishes quite dry on the palette with a lingering smoky roasty-ness. Low level of carbonation, creamy smooth mouthfeel. This is not the worst stout I’ve set to my lips, but certainly not worth the 20 dollar price tag. The body could be a little thicker, and I think the smoke is too strong and detracts more than it enhances this brew. One and done for me.
thornecb (4095) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Moat. Pours mahogany-tinged black into a shaker. No head, but mocha hugs rim. Burnt chocolate aromas. Dry and sweet with chocolate upfront and a lasting espresso finish. Served too cold.