bytemesis (3311) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Felipe. Tasting bottle #3. Pours clear deep mahogany, approaching black, medium fizzy tan head that dissipates very quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is cocoa, cinnamon, tart oak tannins, a bit of chili pepper. Flavor is light sweet and lightly tart, oaky acetic notes bring some sourness; a bit of basement funk present as well, along with mushroom (!) and lots of tobacco. Light body, high carbonation. Based on the description I would have to say this one is milking along an infection of some sort, but in any case it ain’t nothing to write home about.
crajun (974) - , Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle from clarkvv in trade. aroma was of a milk stout; nice dark pour; low carbonation. taste was subdued is the best word; nice to drink but nothing stood out for me - unlike most milk stouts, this was light on lactic and sweetness (good thin); there was some slight heat; I never got vanilla.
DrewFace (799) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle share thanks to beechner224. Big roasty character, stale like oxidized character, pepper - vegetal, light spicy notes. Peppers and vegetal flavor also, roasty, oxidized stale.
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. Nose is strong virgin oak and slightly smokey. Pour is pitch black. Flavor is mostly vegetal with a slight heat. No cinnamon or vanilla really. Ok but just mediocre. Not really flavorful. No wow factor.
beechner224 (685) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Steve. Pours black tan head. Aroma is almost smoky, hint if oak. Taste is a lot of the same, oak, smoke, missing vanilla, nutmeg, etc. just ok
lb4lb (2548) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell is pepper cinnamon chocolate. Taste cinnamon chocolate poblano slightly sweet milky. Good stuff. Thin body easy to drink. Tastes as advertised.thank you Ken.
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brown pour, tan head. Good amounts of spice, chocolate, vanilla, lactose sugar, sweet but balanced.
Reynolds314 (2349) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was great. Subtle flavors across the board is a nice change of pace for some of these adjunct laden stouts. Actually came off dry and easy to drink with nice touches of cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, and nutmeg. FInish has very light heat and minimal sweetness with a nice little roast. Great.
Damico (2612) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours murky brownish black. Aroma brings the nutmeg and some vanilla and tapioca, and ground chiles but not spicy. Flavor is smooth sweet milky stout with cinnamon very subtle but more nutmeg and smooth smoky roasted malts.
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The beer pours a deep and muddy brown, sitting in the glass as near-black. The beer forms a nice big, light tan head that does not last at all, and falls away to a ring on the glass. The beer’s body is dark and murky, making it totally opaque. On the nose, the beer smells of fleshy pepper, slight oak, and bright metal. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweet and then lightly spicy on the finish. Slight acidity works its way in on the finish as well, as very subtle oak tannin works in bitterness. In flavor, the beer begins as fleshy pepper, moving into smooth coffee with strong vanilla creamer, and then finishing with nice, very soft pablano heat. As it warms, I do start to sense cinnamon just on the crest of the finish, though it is quickly lost to the other flavors. The aftertaste is where I start to get milk-covered oak flavors, which is interesting and rather pleasant. In the mouth, the beer feels above medium in body, with a silky creaminess, and little to no carbonation. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left wet in the middle, yet dry and slightly astringent on the sides. The roof of the mouth also feels rather sticky. Overall, I’m a little on the fence with this beer. It does not taste like a ‘creamy cinnamon roll,’ as Night Shift’s website suggested, but it does have a nice slight pepper kick, as well as some fleshy vegetable flavors. I do wish the cinnamon was a little more dominant, and a little more oak character wouldn’t hurt it either. In fact, many of the flavors could use an extra jolt here to help make this mellow brew stand a bit bolder on the tongue. This is not a bad beer by any means, but for what it was billed as I had high hopes that weren’t achieved.