TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from the Wisco/Minny trip. Getting there still.. Pours a dark roasty blackish brown hue, ruby edges and bottom that let a decent glowing light through. A small offwhite head dies to a film and eventually a very small lacing ring. Aromas are touches of roasty malts and coffee, cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, some anise shows up in the nose. Some caramel and biscuits A touch of nail polish remover from somewhere. Strange. Initial is medium bodied preaching sufficient roast, coffee, and cocoa. Vinous elements show up on the palate with touches of anise, some sweeter malts show up beneath. But the roast seems to take the cake here, with a healthy roastiness, some dark fruit, coffee. Medium bodied, with a touch of creaminess to the body. Could use some more carbonation, with a growing roast and toast, a faint spice growing on the palate. An odd beer with some good going in there. I like the flavors, but balance seems a bit off overall. Sweet crystal and cocoa malts provide a decent layer of depth with roastiness and coffee. Maybe a hint of black olive, but nowhere near as offensive as many beers in the style get. Solid, but thoroughly average. Lacks good head, appearance, balance. Flavors are ok. Smells good enough.
Nuffield (3701) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I found this quite enjoyable. Whatever comments might be offered about its rich chocolate, what I found most surprising was the deep fruity notes that resonated for a long time. Interesting and while not especially subtle, it has its own kind of complexity. Bottle.
oakbluff (414) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle- ahh Night Train- one of my favourite GnR tunes and fortified wines.. pours a tar black with next to no head, some tan lacing. Stewed fruit, raisins, light roast. Taste- powdered and bittersweet chocolate, anise and more light roast. A big porter but well balanced. Thicker than average mouthfeel- more stout like. Decent
justadrop (5) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle served in a snifter. Not a whole lot of head despite serious attempts. However, this pours dark and rich, with a chocolate/nutty aroma. The bottle says "chewy" and this is evident on the first taste, in such a good way. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, Oso wonderful. Despite being a porter, this is reminiscent of Founder’s KBS. There is little hint of the ABV however, and this can sneak up on you while enjoying. Makes Wisconsin proud.
notalush (4914) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty much a stout here, and a darn good one at that - black pour, soapy tan head - nose of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, smoke, roast, wood - creamy and full-bodied - moderate sweetness tempered by bitterness from the black malt, as well as mild acidity - intense coffee/ roast flavors - bakers chocolate - a bit of anise and blueberry - lingering bitter finish - it’s quite good
Block (1432) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probably the best beer from O’so that I’ve had so far. Dark pour with a brown head. Nice rich aroma with a smooth body. Pretty good.
Belgiumbill (11) - Shorewood, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium thickness for a porter, but great chocolate/coffee tones. A rich sweetness and complex malt taste. Good porter.
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, basically black with a nice inch or so of tan head. Aroma is of dark roasted malts, and a bit sweet smelling. You can definitely smell a little alcohol on it. Taste is of burnt chocolate, with hints of coffee, toffee and almost a bit of black licorice on the end. Long finish. Good, but a bit more astringent than I’d like.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried this beer at the Casanova Beer Cave Festival (2011), very nice roast flavor.
DrnkMcDermott (2810) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. loose bottle, $1.50 @ Woodman’s. A nice malty smell when opened and poured. Sweet aroma with slight burn of coffee malt. Dark body with faint red highlights under a light tan head. Taste is not quite up to the aroma, but it’s good. Some roast malt bitterness, but a warming thread of alcohol. I can find a nice hop bitterness once the roast malt goes past me. Right kind of carbonation to let bubble bring the hops over the tongue to the back palate. Maybe too much coffee for my taste, but everything else was just fine.