ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a nearly pitch black color - Iím very impressed with the darkness given its lower strength. What Iím not impressed with, though, is the head, or lack thereof. It isnít even a finger high (though itís a solidly tan shade), and fades away to nothing flat. No lacing is left on the glass, either.
S: BIG roasted, coffee-like bitterness pervades my glass immediately. This does a great job of impersonating actual black coffee, and it isnít even a coffee stout! Still, I could really use a bit more in the way of chocolate or cream to balance it out.
T: Cripes on a stick, this tastes like black coffee. There isnít much to this beyond black coffee, but wow did these guys nail a solid coffee flavor without being (too) vegetal. Give it a balancing sweetness of chocolate or cream and this could really be something. As it stands, itís the second beer Iíve had from these guys that was really bitter.
M: The carbonation is weird - itís trying to poke through the body, but also seems kind of weak. Still, I love how dry and easy to drink it is. Could have a beefier body, though.
O: While it definitely seems like a beer coming from a brand new brewery, there is some promise here: this has more coffee presence than any non-coffee stout Iíve had. This one is really close to being good, it just needs a bit more defined sweetness and a bit more body.
JDBaker11058 (1359) - Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: very dark brown, near black in fact, with one finger of creamy dark tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma: strong aroma of black coffee, with the barest hints of chocolate, soy sauce, and vanilla. Taste: espresso, with minimal chocolate, black bread, and light pine. Finish: strongly dry finish, with light prickling carbonation. Notes: Bottle from a co-worker who lives in the breweryís radius. Aroma was far stronger than the taste. The taste in fact was very, VERY light. Could have used a good deal more flavor, but the palate and aroma were well done.