lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the surprises at the Great American Beerfest in Boston. I asked the guy who poured if this was brewed with coffee because of its great roasted coffee profile, but he said the brewery uses straight black patent malt for the flavor. Great coffee notes with a good amount of dark chocolate and burnt malts. Couldn’t tell what it looked like in the 2 oz. sampler, but it looked dark with white head. Flavor was rich and chocolatey with lots of burnt malt and coffee. Really good for a regular stout, and definitely the best regular that I had that day.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
cask version at the brewpub, apparently dry hopped. Black in color, small sudsy head from the handpump. Aroma of chocolate, roast, and a good amount of citrus hops. Taste is roasty, chocolate with some citrus, and mild piney bitterness. interesting cask beer.
TaktikMTL (6943) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En fût. Verre de dégustation à la brasserie. Arôme: Arôme de chocolat et de malt torréfié. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige crémeux avec une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de café. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #1128)
cbrixius (136) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one on vacation at the brewpub. It poured black with a small white, creamy head. The nose was roasted malts . Flavor was a bittery chocolate and roasted coffee. Finished off dry. Good quality craftsmanship.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Very dark, with ruby tinges, and small tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is string mocha and chocolate. Flavor is similar with a dry roasty finish. Little thin in flavor.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of biscuity and roasted malt with toasted bread. Deep black pour with a ring of offwhite lace. Good flavor of biscuity and roasted malt, toasted bread and coacoa, bitter finish. Light to medium body with a dry texture and lively carbonation. Good stuff, it reminds me of Rogue’s Shakespeare Stout.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 22, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at VT Brewers Fest - Black/brown with a light tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, but not strong. Slightly watery. Roasted malt and coffee flavor wih a medium amount of hop bitterness. Finish is thn and bitter.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 19, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at the Vermont Brewers’ Fest. Thick black. Nose very faint, roasty. Lightly vinous, medium bittersweet chocolate-coffee body, weak, with a bitter finish. Too light to support the bitterness, too little sugar.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Plenty of roasted malts and light sweetness in the aroma. Opaque black with thin white fully diminishing head. Simple and roasty with slight sticky malt sweetness. Low carbonation and still mouthfeel with somewhat watery body. On tap at the Vermont Brewers Festival.
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 On tap at the brewpub, March 2004:
Slight smoke emanating from an oily, roasted skin...Flat and headless, the sweet charcoal slowly burns...The morning after an uneventful campfire...2.6/5
On tap at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth, NH, December 2005:
In much better condition this time, or maybe it has simply improved? Very well-roasted malts coupled with coffee bean sweetness and grapey fruitiness. Quite strong carbonation, but not nitroed (woohoo!). A decent, well-brewed, straightforward stout. 3.4/5