ThisWangsChung (826) - 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 - I’m very impressed with the darkness given its lower strength. What I’m not impressed with, though, is the head, or lack thereof. It isn’t even a finger high (though it’s 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 isn’t 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 isn’t 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, it’s the second beer I’ve had from these guys that was really bitter.
M: The carbonation is weird - it’s 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 I’ve had. This one is really close to being good, it just needs a bit more defined sweetness and a bit more body.
Zarf (19) - Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dey, yet somehow simultaneously rich; chocolately with a strong yet smooth coffee backbone. Lots of nicely roasted malt notes. This is everything that a oyster stout tries to attain.
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SteveOrz85 (53) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle to tulip. Big tan head. Beer is black. Aromas of roasted malts and hay. Taste is Woody, roasty, leathery. Light carbonation. Odd finish, almost sour bitey sorta sweet. Respectable but far from the best stout I have ever had.
JDBaker11058 (1444) - 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 brewery’s 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.