chickenflea (311) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a dry Irish stout; not an imperial stout. I read so many reviews that say that they want MORE from this beer. But this is not one of those overpowering stouts.
A very solid offering from a very fine brewery. The beer pours a very dark ruby amber tone that looks black almost opaque with a mahogany colored billowing two finger width head.
The aroma is where this beer shines. The dark fragrant roasts and strong coffee aroma just powerful.
The taste is not shabby either with very refined with hints of espresso and notes of sour cream. The dark roasted barley fills this beer with slight burnt finish that is pleasant when matched with the other flavors going on. The malts are prevalent, but the hops are not lost in the final judgment.
Medium body and an acidic mouthfeel.
A fine example of the style.
johnnnniee (1940) - 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 (171) - - 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 (220) - 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 (492) - 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 3½ 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.