DocLock (8530) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very black, with a great off-white nitrogenated head. Aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate. Tastes very malty, with a slightly dry, crisp finish. This one beats Guinness in my mind.
hotchick (20) - Delaware, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is like a foamy desert drink. Espresso, and what I can only describe as a negative (or inverted) chocolate taste. I am not quite sure how to describe that, but I like it. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Darkmagus82 (2005) - - MAY 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA reviewed 1-19-12 -
Had on tap at the brew pub served in a pint glass.
Appearance – The black as night nitro driven beer forms a beautiful white head which cascades through the dark brew giving a nice, just off white, foam head with very nice retention. A thing of beauty in a beer.
Smell – Roasted malts and dark chocolate are the first to be encountered. While the two dominate the nose, a faint bit of sweetness works its way at the end.
Taste – The flavor of roasted malts give a nice very nutty-toasty taste. The cocoa flavor then develops shortly after, complementing the roasted notes very nicely. The nutty, toasty malt with chocolate overtones then sweetens ever so slightly toward the end of the tasting, with hints of vanilla swirled into the other more dominant flavors. A very nice balance. Nothing overpowers too much, but the important flavors shine at just the right time.
Mouthfeel – Creamy to say the least. The perfectly formulated nitro driven body combined with the wonderfully balanced and non overpowering lighter malt body makes for a very smooth drinking experience. So wonderfully smooth, light and refreshing; the silk of the beer world.
Overall – This is one great beer. I have tasted this many times before and every time I have it I am surprised at how wonderfully creamy, tasty, light and satisfying it is. For anyone out there this is a must try.
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
8/18/07 - Sampler at the pub. Dark black color. Brown head. Good retention and lacing. Bit of coffee on the nose. Tastes of coffe and brown sugar with a rather strong hop finish. I’m a fan.
eaglefan538 (2942) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured with a nice black body and cascading separation of the N2 bubbles, love that look in these dry stouts. Lacing was perfect, continuos coating of the glass walls with ring emphasis after each sip. The aroma was ashy chocolate. The flavor was smokey ash, chocolate, tobacco, chocolate dry finish. Solid mouthfeel. Nice one, Ottos!
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A light smoky/roasted nose and a bit of a tang. Dark brown-black with beautiful light-brown creamy head that was still there when I finished. Smooth carb, medium-heavy silky body. Hints of smoke, malted chocolate, and coffee bitterness. Light sour finish. Starts a bit sweet with dry mellow after. Not hugely complex but a very nice dry stout.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Otto’s with Kmweaver. Pours deep brown/black with an extremely retentive light brown head. Faint aroma of dark roast. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Flavor is plummy with dark roast and a balancing bitterness. Very Guinness like, but with more body, but less bitterness and dryness. Decent.
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brewed in the USA.... On that at the Brewery !! Pours black in color with a monster beige head that really last. Aroma of smoke, roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is much of the same with some mild tobacco flavors. Mouthfeel is smooth at first but then becomes kind of chalky at the finish.
can8ianben (1402) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasty and rich stout, but pretty smooth and drinkable. Basically like many of their beers - really solid, but nothing spectacular. Good.
3fourths (8600) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Draught at the brewery. Has a proper dry stout appearance, with a deep black body and a really nice looking creamy tan colored head. Creamy soft texture, up front, then some dry malts are more prominent, then the light toasted bitter hops show up. Finish has some nice dark chocolate flavors, with a resemblance to ice cream even, like cookies and cream ice cream, actually. Overall this is a very nice dry stout, one of the best examples of the style I’ve had in years. Creamy and rich all around, and full of flavor... delicious.