mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with small diminishing head. Weak aroma of burnt malt. Flavor mirrors the aroma- some burnt notes with nuttiness. Metal in the finish. Mouthfeel is much thicker than expected though. Apparently, no one can better old Arthur Guinness.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Porus a deep browht with a thin light head. Aroma is light roasted barley and chocoolate nuttiness, but also has a strange off artificial sweetness. Flavor alsohas that sacharin sweetness, with some dry nutty chocolate malts- finishes a bit metallic- with a dry and dusty mouthfeel. I wasnt crazy about this one.
larryLSB (456) - 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 Joe’s. 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 (7305) - 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 (571) - 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. It’s a fine beer, but I expect more from a stout.
asedzie (657) - 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 Joe’s in northern california this is undoubtedly the best beer for the money around, this wins it an extra point or two.
kp (10884) - 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 (547) - 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 Joe’s 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 didn’t 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 (4489) - 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. There’s a big, gaping hole where you’d expect a little sweetness to be found. It’s 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.