larryLSB (339) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out of a bottle, from Trader Joeís. Poured a beautiful dark, deep brown with a hint of red, nice frothy good sized dark tan head. Strong coffee taste, with a hint of chocolate. Smell reminded me more of chocolate than coffee though. Nice dry finish. Best buy at that price.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with some ruby hues and a delicate tan head. Aroma is chocolate malt, and some roastiness. Light bodied stout with a mouth drying finish. Just an easy low abv stout here.
bb (5888) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Ruby-black beer with a tan head. Chocolate/roasty aroma. Roasty, nutty, caramel flavor with enough hops to back. Medium bodied. Lingering caramel, roast, light bittering.
Aquilo (488) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a fine looking stout. Inky black with a tan head. I would give full points for appearance if the head were a bit bigger. Smell is fresh roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate with some hops coming through. This is nice and dry, but the flavor is mild and not complex. Medium bodied. Itís a fine beer, but I expect more from a stout.
asedzie (525) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours barely translucent ruby brown with thick tan head, dense and bubbly. Nose has light milk chocolate, herbal hops, roasted grain, hints of sourness. Flavor has roasted coffee, mild chocolate, resiny hop bitterness in sides of mouth, moderate lingering bitterness and herbal hops in the finish. Palate is full and oily. At 4.99 a six-pack at Trader Joeís in northern california this is undoubtedly the best beer for the money around, this wins it an extra point or two.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine tan head, drippy lace,
Aroma: dry roasted malt aroma with a touch of vanilla sweetness,
Flavor: dry roasted malt flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, touch of dark caramel sweetness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
bikesandbeers (546) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, from Trader Joeís I believe the bottle came from trader joes. no date but i believe that this beer was purchased maybe 6 months ago. I also believe that this is A solid irish stout. it poured a super deep brown with a thick tan head that driped over the sides of my stemware. the aroma was roast choclate, and the flavor was more of the same. hints of carmel but not a lot of sweetness. the palate was a bit sticky, but the beer was very soomth. I didnít notice much of the carbantion mention by other raters, so this much be an older bottle, but it s a good drinable sotu by a good brewery for a good price. sounds like a winner to me.
ChainGangGuy (4120) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a small, khaki-colored head.
Smell: Aroma of roasted barley, licorice, and dark chocolate.
Taste: Roasted barley with flavors of licorice and a hint of unsweetened chocolate. Thereís a big, gaping hole where youíd expect a little sweetness to be found. Itís really just a continuation of the aforementioned flavors till to reach the dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: North Coast sure does churn out alot of dry stouts. I have trouble seeing myself reach past an Old Stock Ale or an Old Rasputin to try this again.
DTM (652) - Winters, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a beige head. Aroma of chocolate and caramel. Went down fairly smooth with only a hint of bitterness. Slighlty over carbonated, but didnít affect this great brew
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of slightly oxidized sweet dark caramel and milk chocolate. Starts somewhat thinner with a mild dark caramel and lactose sweetness before a drier finish. An ok dry stout, but seems pretty bland. Perhaps an older bottle, but it looks like the bottle itself was manufactured sometime in 2007.