BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from miketd, thanks Mike! Poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights when held to the light along with a thick, dense tan head that slowly receded to a bubbly layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, a light hint of smoke, and some light earthy hops. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some chocolate malt leads into a roasted maltiness with a moderate smokiness that lingers into the lightly bitter finish where soft notes of coffee and hops peak through. Light carbonation and moderate mouth feel that isnít too heavy or watery. Overall, itís a simple stout where no one attribute sticks out, but the balance and solid all-around scores make it above average. Also, itís extremely drinkable and hardly seems like 7% at all. Thanks again Mike!
Frank (2302) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a great looking stout--black, head of even sized fine bubbles and tons of lace. Taste-wise, it is rather less exception but still pretty darn decent. The roast character is overall rather mild and this is just in generally on the lighter side of things and does not taste for the world anything like big stout itís seven percent alcohol would indicate. Slightly acidic and w/ bristly carbonation, this has a brisk drinkability that would make you think itís more in the four percent alcohol range. This stuff is OK but I doubt I will revisit once Iíve finished my sixer.
polomagnifico (1190) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, smoke, peat citrus hops. Very dark brown hue with a decent tan head. Flavor is medium sweet and bitter. Palate is medium bodied. An ok brew but not impressive.
Braudog (5455) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Traditional American stout pour ... dark black, with a thin tan head. Exceptional coffee-laced aroma! Mmm ... delicious java-heavy flavors delivered as promised, almost waking me up. Nice American stout. (#3997, 10/3/2010)
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, faint alcohol, marshmallow, notes of black liquorice, and roasted malt. Taste is charred malt, chocolate, and a little vanilla. A little thin, a long finish, although that is expected when deeply roasted malt is in play. Simple, but an enjoyable stout where the roasted malt blends very nicely with the chocolate, without completely overpowering it.
Atom (1192) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 28, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown/black with small tan head. Aroma is a sweet coffee, with nuts, chocolate, and toffee. Taste is a bitter coffee and metallic, after taste is slight molasses and hints of chocolate, however, a let down over the aroma. If the taste matched up more with the aroma this would be a really nice beer.
TheEpeeist (3137) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with a tan head settling to crema. Nose is coffee, cocoa and oats. Creamy body with a tang. Taste is French roast coffee bean, licorice and black olive. Finishes raw and earthy.
milewide (1365) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with modest head. Muted flavors more like porter than stout. Roasted malt flavor with little hop bitterness.
kseecs16 (1182) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is potent dark roast coffee with some bitter-sweet chocolate. Quite bitter, roasty with a mild sweet body. Medium bodied and fizzy mouthfeel.
MrBunn (2374) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a medium/small tan head and aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla and cream and a bit of peat. Flavor is marvelous... lots of dark stouty flavors of chocolate and bitter peat mix with vanilla and cream to make this truly outstanding. Iím surprised by this one... and think I might need some more.