Gription79 (2653) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. The aroma is of sweet chocolate and caramel. The flavor was similar but the firm roasted character made it a coffee like. A tasty stout.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. First reviewed 12/25/2010. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
This one is a gusher. Even with a gentle pour, a huge brown bubbly head furies on top of the beer. Somehow, there is almost no retention, though. After just a few seconds there is nothing on top of the glass. Midnight black in color with a tint of ruby where some light can sneak through.
Coffee, roasted chocolate malt, and cocoa powder provide for a relatively basic aroma.
A quick dash of roasted malt, but cocoa and roast coffee flavors really dominate the taste. A touch of grapefruit rind and some herbal notes complement the bitter coffee flavor.
Lightly sticky, medium body, full bubbly carbonation.
This really didnít do it for me. I was happy to have tried it, but there were just too many disjointed parts to this beer.
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Black color. One fingers of creamy medium brown head. Retention is below average and a small ring of lacing is left.
4.5 S: Really surprised by how good this smells. Moderate roastines. Dark caramel malts mesh well with coffee tones. Smokiness to round things off. Really smooth, well integratied aromas.
3.5 T: Damn, disappointment in the taste. Itís not bad, but the nose lead me on a little. Smokiness with dark crystal malts and coffee again, but less sweet than I was expecting. A slight, almost acrid, burntness, but it isnít necessarily that bad.
3.5 M: Light to light medium body. Good moderate carbonation. I wish it were creamier, but itís not bad for the body. Smooth.
3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but not interesting enough to make me want to buy it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-10-2011 02:48:50
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The pour was jet black with a slight dark brown hue around the edges and had an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown frothy head, that reduced quickly to just a thin layer of residue which produced a bit of fair lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted grain malt and a mild leathery yeast with notes of chocolate, coffee and molasses with just a hint of dark fruit.
The taste was lightly sweet and a bit bitter with notes of chocolate and molasses throughout with a strong coffee note somewhere in between with a nice pronounced dark fruit presence at the end. The flavor hung on for a decent amount of time which allowed the fruity coffee flavor to be fully enjoyed.
Mouthfeel was just a tad beyond medium in body with the texture being creamy and a little oily and having an almost flat carbonation.
Overall a nice robust Stout, with a unique fruity finish.
BelgianBeerGal (3434) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle or tap I canít remember. This was pretty impressive, especially from a brewery I had never heard of until this festival. Really well blended flavors of chocolate and coffee. Milk chocolate mouthfeel. Nice
Drake (10701) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle from Belmont Party Supply. Pours nearly black with a thin brown head that fades quickly. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and espresso. The taste is roasted malts, rich coffee notes, caramel and a faint hoppy finish. Thin-medium bodied. Very tasty. I could drink this all day... and the next day. Never had these guysí beers before tonight, but so far Iím impressed.
DrSilverworm (8704) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, purchased from Dutchís for $1.50. Totally opaque black color, bubbles on side of glass. Light-to-medium brown minimal head around the perimeter. Little lacing. Aroma is a good roasty coffee, some chocolate. But itís not very strong - bordering on tasting watered down. Carbonation further masks the aroma. Texture is good, however, and aftertaste is moderately pleasant. Light bitter taste.
EithCubes (5247) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nose is roast chocolate, coffee burn, licorice. A little sweetness amid the heavy, heavy roast. Pours a rich dark brown/black with a dark brown head. Light body, inky and silken, roasty but smooth, sweet chocolate and a touch of berry without ash encroachment. Balanced and very drinkable, complex and clean and tasty!
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a small fizzy brown head that faded to a thin wispy film. The nose is very nice, deep roasted malt with some nice coffee and bakers chocolate accents. The flavor is also pretty solid, great chocolate and dry roasted malts make for a rather rich and yet easy drinking Stout. The finish is laced with fresh roasted coffee notes and just the lightest bit of malt bitterness that dries it out a bit. Thereís also a light bit of hops in there that suggests a citrusy note that comes from some coffee beans. Mouthfeel is creamy and really smooth with perfect light carbonation. No astringency at all. This was really a big surprise for me, I was not expecting much at all, but this is a really really solid Stout that I would drink all the time if I had access to it. It actually reminds me quite a bit of DFH Chicory Stout come to think of it. Great beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from a random trade at Dark Lord Day. Pours a black body with a thin, creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma has lots of dark chocolate and roast with a pleasant sweetness. A touch of caramel, a distinct dark fruit, coffee, and a bit of a milky chocolate as well. Flavor is similar. Fairly sweet with lots of dark chocolates as well as a milky sweetness. More distinct dark fruits with some caramel, roast, a light coffee, and a bit of a vanilla sweetness. Finishes sweet and chocolatey, but with a balanced roastiness that helps this end creamy and slowly dries with a light bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a full, creamy, chewy body and medium-light carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid stout. Fairly sweet and chocolatey, but well balanced with a solid roasty, coffee presence. I like the dark fruit hints to this as well. Not bad at all.