KajII (763) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a muddy jet black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that slowly receded, down to a medium film with a large collar and had good streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt and a leathery yeast with notes of molasses, baker’s chocolate and dark roasted coffee.
The taste was very similar to the aroma starting off a bitter malty with a slight molasses sweetness and a strong bitter chocolate note, and finishing with a large dose of roasted coffee and a smooth bitter ending. The flavor lasted a decently long time following the swallow with a bitter coffee taste that was left to linger.
Mouthfeel was a few shade above medium in body with a thin oily texture and a carbonation that was just past mild.
Overall this brew was a prime example of a bitter Dry Stout, possessing a decent body and taste along with a nice easy drinkability...
johnnnniee (1944) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Londonderry Quick Stop.
Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a huge off white head that takes a few to recede. Aromas of roast and hints of caramel, dried fruit, and chocolate. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Slightly tart roasted grains with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost creamy mouthfeel. Decent stout, I could drink it, but its not one of my favorites.
biokid23 (97) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A decent stout. Had a distinct but subtle sourness to it, which was odd given the coffee taste.
digitalviking (3) - - FEB 26, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Carbonation is lively, especially for the style, but it works for the palate. However, it doesn’t do much for the appearance, with large bubbles lining the sides of the glass; head wasn’t great and didn’t last either. Good beer, but nothing really exciting.
Mark_Eck (178) - - FEB 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate followed by a little coffee bitterness.
kidmartinek (3202) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Zax BBQ in Zhengzhou. Black with a nice tan head. Smells strong and alchy malt. Reminds me of Old Rasputin. Good bitterness and lacing. Medium body.
Dodgrblu (547) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Golden Bear Sacramento, roasted aroma and taste, milky from the nitro.
gmb5127 (221) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Disappointed, very watery tasting beer. Has a drinkable taste, but not a preferred one.
bwa5879 (495) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with brighter brown hue, sixteenth inch of oatmeal colored head that settled to a thin layer. Aroma of sour/rubbery pale british malts, lots of raw grain, very oatmeal-y and sweet cola like malts too. Relatively low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish from effervescent cola syrup-y. Flavor is wheat and rye with cola syrup, all mix to have a wheaty chocolate flavor, a bit acidic. Nice robust grainy stout, great for a dry stout and enough for me to change my mind on them.
radarsock (751) - Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
$2.19 for the 12 oz. bottle purchased from Top Shelf Brews Saturday evening. To pint, it pours a syrupy, black olive with which a frothy raw sienna head 3˝ fingers in length. Amusingly, this is remarkably similar to an intoxicating chocolate-covered almond. Picked up some black raspberries, Ogatan, stale Crows licorice candy, and walnuts in the mouth and on the nose. Respectably sessionable.
mrjaxson (265) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Sweet chocolate aroma and pretty pour makes it seem like a typical stout, but a surprisingly light weight and hints of sourness with a bit of acidity makes it a disappointing entry from a brewery that I really like. Oh well.