harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled: um, earlier?
Pours black, little foam formation at all. Smells of toasted/burnt malts, some licorice, hints of graham, some malt (like whoppers malt), some sweetened bakers chocolate. Taste matches with depth and a little higher on the burnt malts end - almost a bit of smoke character in here, which normally Iíd dislike, but here plays well. I really dig this, but in a fetish way. Itís unique to me, although some reviews say itís a beer theyíve had before. Iíd like to compare this to Bellís Expidition Stout, but itís not too licorice characterized, which I dislike about Expo stout, but this is a little more subtle and accents well. Full bodied with low carb and an almost dry finish. Nice beer. I think treatment in a port barrel or an addition of buterscotch character would really, really open this up to the midwest flavor profile. A little too robust for the national masses.
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pretty good RIS. A bubbly head, and lacy, on a black body. A dry bitter finish.A big aroma. A tad mould in the taste mid sip.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black/deep ruby, finger tan head. Smell roasty coco vanilla. Taste sweet, caramel and roast, wood, smokey. Med body. Taste didnít live up to smell.
Advocate_Ames (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Pours deep black with a dissolving head that leaves a slight lace that hugs my glass. The aroma is of cocoa, carmel malts, and roasted malts. The flavor is of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, carmel sweetness, medium bitterness, and booze. Overall a good drink to sip but not a quick drinkable beverage. The finish was a tad bitter and of more booze than I tend to like.
Ughsmash (7184) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured rich, viscous, near black with a sticky orange-ish beige head. The aroma was on the sweet side with roasted coffee, cocoa, and some treacle leading.. traces of peppery warmth around and on the back of the nose.. just what I needed. The flavor found well-roasted, near-burnt coffee and cocoa notes at the core with coffee roast, peppery alcohol, and some sour medicinal character around (not infection-like, but it just seemed a little messy at times).. finished warm, roasty, and dry, with a bit more sourness than I wanted. Heavier-bodied with the right carbonation to keep it moving.. not a great flow.. overall a solid stout that wasnít far from being great.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of licorice, burnt rye toast, and bitter dark chocolate. Pours thick black with a small team head. Taste is nice and black with licorice up front and roasted mocha coffee in the tail. Just thick and roasty and amazing. Love this.
chuckstout (272) - Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aromas of dark Chocolate, molasses, oak, roast, malty pours with a dense mocha colored foam and black color with ruby highlight, great mouthfeel, bittersweet, with flavors similar to the aroma.
italianjohn (2375) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, thin khaki head with a light lacing .... aroma is of dark bitter chocolate, light licorice, heavy roasted malts and caramel malts ..... taste is of dark fruits, light licorice, deep roasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate and bitter hops .... mouthfeel is thick, slick and oily ... finish is bitter dry with a lingering bitter hop bite .... abv is hidden well ..... good stuff
rxeight (1523) - Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok stuff but i like my stouts a little sweeter. Bitter malt licorice and dry finish.
michaelinwa (612) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another local that Iíve ignored far too long. This is their highest rated brew, so eager to try it. Black pour, so-so head, lovely aroma of dark chocolate, roasted grain, sweet malt, licorice, and alcohol. Flavor is more subdued than the aroma would suggest, but dark, bitter chocolate is the main player in this. Yet, not sweet. A bit of licorice in there as well. Bitterness backs things up nicely. Finishes bitter with just a little alcohol. It could use another flavor to put some complexity in this, but overall this is tasty, and Iíd buy it again for sure. Nice one.