Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, 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 doesnít 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 (1349) - Minnesota, 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 (5150) - 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 (1418) - 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.
bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
7% alcohol. Also known as Sasquatch Stout. I ordered this for breakfast 3 or 4 weeks ago, but the restaurant was all out. Found it today at my bottle shop. I believe this is beer #499 for me. Perfect, now on to #500!!!
BlackForestCO (976) - 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 (2727) - 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 (1202) - 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 (5574) - 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 (1224) - 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.