j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Otto’s. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown with a creamy tan head. Soft roast on the nose, a touch of sweetness. Don’t really get the fruit on the nose at all, only showing up as vague fruity hints as it warms. It certainly makes up for it in the flavor though, showing up right away, big strong berry notes. Body is a touch thin from the cask, but the chocolate notes and berry together is lovely. Lingering touches of berries and roast and chocolates. Very nice.
jar72404 (426) - USA - MAY 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub. Black with thick tan head. Aroma is dark fruit (elderberry?). Flavor is the same. Very creamy mouthfeel.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on nitro draft at the brewery this beer poured a black color with a large creamy beige head. The aroma was lightly roasty, malt and had a tart berry presence. The flavor was dryish, bitter and roasty with a touch of coffee and a light vague tart berry presence. The finish was long, dry, roasty and gritty. The body was smooth and somewhat full. Decent but a bit disappointing.
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at the brewpub. Black pour with a thick tan nitro head. Nose of roast and metal. Roasty flavor with some tartness and metal. Never tasted an elderberry to be honest, and not sure I tasted one here unless that’s what’s contributing to the tartness in the flavor (which doesn’t belong in a stout anyway).
toddbates (95) - USA - JAN 8, 2008
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
haha, I actually had it with jehoey (posted below me) it was actually really bad. Tasted very much like a cardboard box that had been left in the rain, in the garden, after all the veggies had rotted. great looks, massively poor taste. john’s was poured 2 seconds before mine and tasted marginally better
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2007
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
pint at brewpub: This stuff isn’t good... Aroma was pretty offensive, cardboard like aroma with hints of something vegetal. The beer looked pretty good as most nitro poured stouts do with an inky black color and thick tan head. Flavor was much like the aroma, pretty offensive, vegetal, not very much roasted flavor, all around just weak. mouthfeel was way way too thin for a stout, there was nothing to it. In conclusion your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!
adrian910ss (2330) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Otto’s. Pours a pitch black with a thick creamy brownish beige head. Nice lacing. Weak aroma of creamy rich chocolate and berries. Taste is creamy and smooth with a light berry flavor. Kind of watered down.
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On nitro at the brewpub. Pours your classic black, with settling nitrogenous head. Good half-finger of ash-tinted head above. Aroma, subdued by temperature, glass, and delivery agent...but some resemblance of coffee, wax, and light salts. Flavor moves quickly, with shots of caramel cream, kicking espresso, and a jolt of char. Body is a seemingly vapid watery abyss, lightened by the nitro texture. Palpable chalkiness. I’m not really getting any definite fruits, save for some soft tempering of the roast edge of the beer. There’s a generic fruitiness and a lick of sweetness. This comes across as one of those ridiculously drinkable very light bodied stouts. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this weighed in under 4% ABV. The smack is divine, with a blending of fruit stems, pan-roasted almonds, roast nuances and a light leaf of Northern Brewer. Berry is lost on me, but the remainder of the stout itself is impressive enough...
jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great looking, great tasting. Very creamy, malty stout with that touch of elderberry flavor in the background. Impressive.
3fourths (7887) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2009 Pint at the brewery. Black with a creamy medium dark brown nitro head. Nose is wonderful, a full malt-based experience, which it should be with a stout... the berry scent mingles so well with the light toasted malts, it’s almost like eating a really fine chocolate flavored with a touch of blackberry. Lightly sweet, and lightly sour as well from the berries... really creamy and vinuous on the palate, it tastes almost like how a cask-served 9-10% ABV imperial stout is, but this one is 5-6%. Chocolatey, light berry presence, light plum or date flavor... a wonderful beer. Elderberries and stout go togethor really well.