Brewed by Northampton Brewing Co. (NB)
Style: Dry Stout
Fredericton, Canada


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The classic Irish-style dry stout is the basic background of this aromatic ebony elixir but deviations may occur from batch to batch as we improvisationally wander through variations on the theme.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mrtruman (4) - - AUG 6, 2013 does not count
I don't really know what the difference between taste and palate are. I love a good stout, and THIS is a good stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GiBrew (171) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 17, 2006
Available at the Taproom in Fredericton, NB. Pours dark brown with a very thick frothy beige head. Aroma is mostly coffee, some dark chocolate and smokiness. Likewise for the flavours, medium bodied, with a super creamy mouthfeel - creamier then chocolate milk. Probably the best micro-brewed stout available in the Maritimes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tessic (816) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
This stout poured a deep black colour with a med brown coloured head. To the nose there are scents of coffee, caramel, cocoa and a little vanilla. First sip was full flavoured with tastes of coffee, caramel and roasty malts. Finish was really burnt with black coffee flavours lingering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stantheman (565) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 12, 2013
Large bottle from VITI @ The Met Liquor Store in New West. Pitch black, with a tan head. Malts on the nose. Tastes of well roasted malts, with some bitterness noted. Finish is bitter-sweet. A nice dry stout.

Not sure I like this part of the commercial description: "deviations may occur from batch to batch as we improvisationally wander through variations on the theme". This suggests that ratings may not mean much over time. I think they’re just being up front about something that many micro enterprises do, but don’t like to talk about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 10, 2006
On tap at the tap room in Fredericton, NB. Smells like coffee and english hops. Dark black with a foamy beige head. Couldn’t be sure if it was nitrogenated or not. If not, kudos to the brewer. If so, I guess kudos as well. Tastes very much like the guiness brewed in Canada without the overly astringent taste and more of a gourmet roast java feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1168) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
500 ml bottle sampled 6/18/08. Opaque dark brown colour with ruby glints. Mostly diminishing creamy and frothy tan head. Milk chocolate, roasty and lightly acidic coffee, and caramel aroma with fruity notes. Vinous, acidic coffee, dark chocolate, and roasty flavours with a light roasty bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth and lightly chewy but seems a bit over-attenuated. Flavourful take on the dry Irish style stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2010
Bottle [500ml] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- c/o j&m. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with an average size frothy light-brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate and some caramel. Flavour of roasted malt, coffee, some cocoa and a dry, bitter finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeistAlmighty (1040) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 18, 2011
500ml bottle. Light, sweet coffee aroma of roasted malts. Pours very dark brown to black with an ample caramel coloured head that doesn’t last long. Pretty much no lacing. Taste is more sweet coffee with hints of a medium chocolate. Roasted bitterness on the back of the palate. Flavour a little more thin than I like in a stout but enjoyable. Solid body for a stout, but not especially heavy. Overall, reminds me kind of the traditional coffee I was served in Cuba with real sugar can, but dialed down a bit. That coffee was very strong tasting and this is not as strong, but still in the same kind of vein. A solid effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
Draft @ Taproom. Black body with thick creamy fingers of dark beige head. Mild dry cocoa-coffee-chocolate aroma. Flavour is quite dry, chalky cocoa up front gives way to muted sweet malt and light roasty bitterness throughout. Palata is quite creamy but a lightness at times makes me suspect that nitrogen plans a role in the creaminess. A pleasant and servicable stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - JUL 28, 2009
Been a while since I had this in bottle but on tap it is one of the better choices in this province and is usually my first choice. in bottle I agree with the low score it seems the brewery is losing something in transition but on tap this is a very tasty brew.

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