savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.2 oz bottle. Dark brown with a big, thick, foamy light tan head that lasts a while and sticks to the glass. Lactic aroma with chocolate and some light fruit... weird. The flavor is tart up front with some chocolate, and acidic malt. Medium body with a lively foamy carbonation and a dry, chalky mouth feel. Not sure if this one was starting to sour or not, kind of weird aroma and taste for a Stout.
rand (1297) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 33 cl from Esclat in Vall (Spain). Black beer with high tan foam and good fizz. Nose of coffee and dark chocolate, burnt key and average acidity. The taste is slightly soft, roasted, creamy, earthy, black fruit and vegetable. Final not too dry, note of cardamom on the roast which dominates the hop.
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Large tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast, some coffee, burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, salt/nut, some bittersweet chocolate, light burnt. Light medium body, some effervescence.
after4ever (6635) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330. Pours a muddy near-black with a positively outrrrrageous rocky tan head. You have to say "outrrrrrrageous" like John Cleese as the French castle captain of the guard in The Holy Grail for that to work right. Very dry nose with plenty of coffee and cocoa nibs. Watery body, almost medium, soft carb. Coffee, cocoa, and no real oysters or brine on the mid-palate. Why call it an oyster stout then, you ask? Search me. Are spanish oysters migratory or non-migratory? Maybe that’s part of the problem. Tasty enough, though. Mild cocoa finish.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Looks promising, dark brown with beige head. Chocolate and caramel aromas. Very thin palate. Milk, toasted malt, chocolate and cola tastes. Odd.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2oz bottle from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO outside of St. Louis. Pours a deep brown, almost black colored body with a two finger-width, dense and frothy, brown colored head that collapses slowly and leaves a layer of frothy lacing throughout the session. Aroma is sweet malts and a good amount of cocoa with some sour, dark fruits. Some caramel and a decent roast with some acidity, berries, and a touch of coffee. Flavor is pretty raw, hard roasted, acidic sweet malts with some chocolate and lactose sourness. More coffee and a few traces of caramel and more dark fruits before this finishes dry with a light coffee bitterness that leaves a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and high, lively carbonation. Overall, an interesting stout. It seems at times that the roast, acidity, and sourness is too much, but then it seems to come back into balance. I don’t know, this isn’t bad, but it’s not great.
JohnnyJ (4872) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour, small tan head. Roasted malt, milk, chocolate sweetness in the aroma. Flavor is much drier and bitter. Strange stout.
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Pizza Port Bottle Shop. Pours very black with a huge foamy beige/tan head that clings. Smells sweet like a milk stout. Medium body with foamy carbonation. It seems a bit unsweet. Flavor is chocolate and burnt malt, though fairly smooth. It is pretty dry and pretty bitter. It is in fact delicious.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown pour, but light for a stout. Thin tan head. Roasty nose, with a little chocolate..very light body, sour lactic character with some roasty stout qualities...but super thin. Bitter and acidic. Weird. Again.
douglas88 (7180) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle bought in City Beer I think. Pours a bit of gush, a dark brown color with a huge thick beige head- looks like a milkshake. A sweet milky nose; caramel and toasted malts. A smooth flavor; dry, milky, chocolates, lots of grain. Nice.