Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours dark black with a thin tan head. Deep roasted malt aroma with hints of licorice, coffee and minor dark chocolate notes. Medium body, not too think or chewy with a dry bitter finish. Bitter cocoa up font that gives way to a very dry roasted flavor that has a very dry and bitter coffee finish. I like my stouts a bit chewier with less of a dry finish. However, if you are a fan of coffee stouts and dry/bitter stouts then I would definitely recommend checking this beer out. Overall: (B)
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head. Sweet and roasty malty aroma. The flavor has roasted malt, some sweet malts, floral hops, and some light charry notes. Pretty good.
Ughsmash (7354) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured deeper brown with a nice, creamy cap of khaki head. The aroma picked up sweeter chocolate, oats, and black patent malts, with a light dose of oxidation beneath.. soft and very approachable. The flavor found more sweet chocolate, coffee, and oats at the core.. dry-roasted, lightly bitter coffee on the tasty finish.. none of the flavor really popped, but it was sweet and enjoyable overall. Medium-ish bodied, sweet, and dry on the palate.. OK feel and flow.. I’d drink more.
BREWMUSKCLES (2364) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very nice flavor of roots with cocoa. a taste of licorice and a dishwater hop flavor with a tingle on the tongue. a light coffee flavor and a moderate refreshing yet mildly creamy mouthfeel. foamy thicke enough head. this is good stout. nice moderate alcohol and creamy finsih.
dmac (4630) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Monaghans. Poured a good looking deep solid black with an average sized foamy light beige head. Aroma is very subtle with some Ovaltine chocolate powder, dark fruit juice and burnt toast. Nice palate with a full creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Flavor isn’t as chocolatey as the aroma but it’s there along with lightly burnt toast, dark fruit juice. Decent enough especially considering their amateur homebrew offering of an ipa.
hayduke (3692) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Strykzone via a trade. Contact brewed by Sand Creek. This stout poured a jet black with a decent tan head and light lacing .Nose of chocolate malts. Bold with a good smooth mouthfeel. Flavor is chocolate with some nuts and a little ripe fruit. Bitter finish. Nicely done.
Guerde (1212) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours black with a very thin tan head with minimal lacing, but swirling does improve retention. Aroma is an intense blast of chocolate. Chocolate brownie, chocolate syrup, and some chocolate covered roasted almonds. Swirling reveals some roastier edges of the stout with a bit of dark roasted coffee and roasted malt being revealed. Flavor follows suit, but the chocolate is dialed down in comparison to the potency displayed in the aroma. Roasty edge at the mid and on the finish is a bit astringent, ashy, and dry. The thin mouthfeel doesn’t help to buffer this unpleasantness. Alcohol shines a bit on the finish as well. Overall this beer is nice to smell, but not that pleasant to drink.
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured into my CCB snifter a dark bown color with a slight light tan head, the head is lighter white tan than I expect. For sublte notes of roast coffee and leather. Dark roast coffee and dark chocolate flavors with a bitter roasted aftertaste. Maybe a slight touch too much roast in this one. A pretty basic stout but easy drinking. The over roast is a bit bothersome though. Medium mouthfeel and slight lace.
Skyview (5295) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from Zipps Liquors in Minneapolis. Pours a near opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin film top and light ring. Minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted dark malt, hint of chocolate, some dark pitted fruits and a touch of floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of both smoked at dark chocolate malt, a hint of coffee and both floral and grassy hops. Finish is slightly dry, a touch of tartness with a short and sharp bitterness.
coldbrewky (1493) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via the beer fairy at work....hooray for the beer fairy! Photon eating black with at thin tan head. Nose of nuts and earthy malt. Would have liked a longer more robust head for top scores. Body is full and malt round with a nice touch of intense roastiness and then gently reduces for finish. A very well balanced 7% stout.