Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee, cocoa), lightly hoppy (resin), with a hint of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
A surprisingly sour rendition. Kind of light and watery. Acceptable, but not very enjoyable.
robforbes (2132) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a opaque with a medium size khaki head, very good lacing.
smell of powered cocoa, weak coffee, licorice, touch of vanilla.
taste is dry, milk and bakers chocolate, some coffee, sour malt, some bitter hops, ends dry and just a little bitter.
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in no-nik pint glass: Near opaque with a fading frothy head and okay lacing. The aroma is very roasty with a hint of grassy noble hops, fig cookies, hint of coffee and truffle. The taste is a straight forward blend of kilned malt and classic EKG bitterness. There is a soft milk chocolate sweetness and some chalky peated notes upon the finish. Simple and to the point, a solid drinking Stout... nothing wrong with that.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black color with brown highlights and a thick creamy tan head that laces nicely. Aroma of roasted grain, malt, coffee and dark dried fruit. Lightly sweet flavor with hints of dark roasted caramel malt, roasted grain, chocolate and coffee. Creamy on the palate. Long, slightly bitter, dry finish. Not bad at all!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice version of the style, which is not one of my favorites, but I still enjoyed this beer. Big roasty flavors...nuts, chocolate, coffee, dark roasted grain, caramel, molasses, and a nice medium dry finish.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a fairly opaque brown shade of black topped by a cafe au lait colored head. it’s pretty fluffy and leaves behind some trails of lace. roasted grain heavy aroma has notes of lightly charred wood, molasses, lactose, floral qualities and some weak brewed coffee. the flavor is also rich and grainy... molasses (without the sweetness), toasted nuts, burnt dark dried fruits and a tart finish akin to baker’s cocoa. coffee-like aftertaste has a nice acidity (though this is probably from the high CO2). medium to full body. creamy abundant carbonation. great for drinking a lot of...
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar. A deep roasted malt nose that smells rich and creamy and a perfect example of how my memory would the aroma of a stout. Appears as a pitch black liquid with a small forming of foam for a head. The flavor is tad bit bland and simple but in general it still holds a decent amount of burnt dark malt and a hint of Irish cream or hazelnut in the finish.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy mgumby10. Black, thin light tan head. Powdered cocoa aroma, licorice, some roast, nice aroma here. Nice dry taste, dry roast and coffee, light English hop finish. Clean and very drinkable.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black body, medium head, roasty nose. Somewhat fruity, roasty, not so dry, tasty but not exactly to style.
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A vigorous pour into my New Belgium globe goblet produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite black in color, though it does pass just a hint of light through it if held up directly to the light. The aroma smells quite dry and full of roasted, dark malt notes; reminiscent of well, almost blackened, grain, charcoal, dry espresso, burnt soda crackers and perhaps a hint of a dark grain sweetness. That last may just be my imagination though as this beer is clearly roast dominated and it is hard to get a sense of anything else in the nose.
Dry with a fizzy, carbonic acidity that sort of adds to the overall dryness. Ample flavors of well deeply toasted grain move to more of burnt and even bitter finish that lingers on just a bit after the beer has left my mouth. There is some burnt grain acidity here, though not quite as much as one might expect (the mash PH seems to have been held well enough in check). This actually does get fairly bitter and slightly astringent in the finish from the burnt grain focus. Despite being so dry, this does have a touch of body to it, though the fizziness of the carbonation tends to get in the way of the texture despite being fairly light (in carbonation). A couple of vigorous swirls of my glass release most of the carbonation and greatly reduces the harsh carbonic bit and makes this beer more creamy and less astringently burnt. As the beer warms up a bit it even picks up a slight burnt fruitiness that helps to further add a bit of balance.
I am a bit surprised to say it, but this is actually probably better on Nitro, or preferably from the hand pump; the reduced carbonation and carbonic acidity would really help to keep this beer more balanced. And the beer does actually smooth out, become more integrated and not as overtly roasted if I vigorously swirl out the carbonation; serving this on the warm side certainly helps too. Not exactly the best beer to be drinking out of the bottle, if you work at it you can turn this into a nicely drinking beer though. I would love to have this served via hand pump from a cask at about 59°F / 15°C.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ