Saarlander (1667) - Saarlouis/ Rancho Cucamonga,CA, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice brew, Roasted, chocolate, flavor, very mild flavor, nice, easy drinking stout, good brew.
brianprentiss (656) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 North Coast is a great brewer and this is a pretty strong offering for Stout lovers...very dry, coffee caramel right up front and heavy.
bottle at trader joe’s, mountain view, ca
barleyPops (1137) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle courtesy of Fordest. pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a 1/2" foamy head, settling to lasting lace. roasty chocolate - coffee aroma and flavors of the same. a dry rather pronounced hop bitterness in the middle and finish. nice stout! thanks Sean.
FoolishMortal (981) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle. Deep brown with hints of red. Small light tan head, somewhat creamy. Chalky chocolate aroma with an acrid bitter hop tone. Some dark chocolate flavor, quickly gives way to muted coffee roastiness. Suprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly dry.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle as a bonus in a trade with jazz88 - Thanks Eric! - Pours very deep brown almost black but some light penetrates this one. A very nice fluffy tan head graces the top of the brew and lingers and laces very well. Aroma is of chocolate and floral hops. Flavor is coffee, some pepper, roasted malts, and a nice floral hop finish. Palate is rather light for a stout almost watery yet quite smooth. Finishes quite dry. A very easy drinking stout.
fordest (1954) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured Dark Brown with a decent tan head. Head dissapted to a ring that lasted the glass. Also left spotty lacing all the way through. Aromas of chocolate and bread. Expected Chocoalte in the flavor as well, but it was replaced by coffee. Flavors also of roasted malts. Suprising slight floral finish. Pretty good beer.
Odeed (1751) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 31, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours almost a light brown as opposed to a black in color with a small white head.aromas of pepper,roasted malts,chocolate,and molasses are what i can gather.lots of pepper in the taste,but not as much chocolate,with a hint of raosted malt.still,its pretty smooth and easy to drink.
pik5el (51) - Pasadena, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too dark in color for stout standards, and not too thick either. Head is a caramel color, and initially appears fairly large, albeit airy. Head quickly dissipates with very little lacing. Aroma of classic stouty roasts as well as coffee and a hint of chocolateness. Taste, however is different. Gone is the chocolateness that I usually associate with such stouts, instead replaced by an unassuming maltiness that is pleasant and unobtrusive. Dry for a stout, yet not unpleasant. Overall a good combination of stout tastes mixed with hopiness.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - DEC 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a not very dark (by stout standards) ruby/brown with a light tan head. nose is a nice combination of malt and roast. flavor is very roasty, with some backing sweetnes, and a nice hop bitterness in the finish. the beer has a nice sweet/dry palate, and goes down quite smoothly for such a flavorful beer. a nice, somewhat unassuming stout.
Ernest (5605) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly . Body is clear medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, nuts), lightly yeasty (dough), lightly hoppy (resin, apricots). Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. A sour, simple, yeasty, unrefined example. And not even close to black in color. Cheers to Marc for the opportunity to try it!