ARH (112) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask poured into a nonic glass. Likely due to the hand pump, the aromas seem muted, although maybe this one just naturally has muted notes. I was able to pick up notes of vanilla, cream, milk chocolate malt balls, and warm oatmeal. It pours a rich, dark brown - opaque - with a bubbly and rocky espresso-colored head that retains well and leaves abundant, cloudy lace. The tastes are fairly muted too, but a moderate, mellow (Guinness-like) sweetness is accompanied by a very light resin bitterness.that provides a cleansing and refreshing quality to the drink. The medium body is rich and malty with texture somewhere between oily and creamy (more creamy thanks to the cask). The carbonation is mostly flat (again, cask influences) with very oatmeal chocolate raisin cookie character on the mouth. Maybe even a subtle caramel hint in there too. The finish is a light roasted coffee and grain nature that’s mostly clean.
nathan30533 (530) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great tasting almost Guiness style brew. Good looking brew and great tasting brew. Wonderfully balanced.
TheBear11D (148) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Poet pours black with a thick light tan head that lasts a long while and leaves thick lacing. The aroma is faint, but features coffee, cream and chocolate. The flavor is cream, coffee and chocolate. Overall this is a nice stout.
Bif (1257) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown color with a small head and only a bit of lacing. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and nutty with a bit of grain. Taste is mostly coffee, some roasted malt with a trace of chocolate in the background. Has a coffee bitterness and a very dry finish. Medium body, with a bit of a gritty coffee feel that seems to linger. Drinkable beer, that fits the style.
redbeard3 (38) - - FEB 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with creamy white head. Very drinkable example of the style and my favorite offering from the New Holland beers I have tried. Roasty, chocolately, and drier than I expected.
sic1314 (2403) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, nuts, roast malts. Medium body, flavour of milk chocolate, latte, lingering nutty sweet finish. Nice sweet stout.
mac95860 (16) - - FEB 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with beige head. I didn’t get much deform the aroma. Taste is chocolatey with some r oastyness to it. Oatmeal gives the flavor a nice fullness.
sturmthis (130) - USA - FEB 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Black beer with beige head. Smell of coffee. Tastes of bitter chocolate and coffee. Not bad, but not my favorite of the style. Won’t go back to it.
Jayseppi (114) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great beer. Brought back from Michigan by a friend. Lovely midnight black body. Very smooth across the palate. Has that full, rich mouth feel from the oatmeal. Great roast and black malts fill the flavour. Exceptionally drinkable. Will have to add this to my shopping list on future cross-border adventures.
arkurzynski (1371) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with khaki head. Nose of cocoa, nutty chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and roast malt. Flavor is silky chocolate, brown sugar, and light roast malt. Lightly acidic. Somewhat watery. Okay.