shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a deep ruby brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, roasty, and cocoa. Flavor is malty, with a tart thin acidic finish.
AmEricanbrew (6289) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a slight tan head. Good cocoa, vanilla oreo cookie aroma with some fresh hops. Medium body. taste is buttery infected ( diacetyl to the hard core ) with roasted, almost burnt malt flavor which made this taste a little sour. A good brew if not for the off flavor. 927
kramer (5348) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a small fizzy beige head that ran to a ring quickly. The nose is very roasty with a slight sour mash note. Some coffee, burnt caramel, and chalk. The flavor is pretty acrid and burnt with a slightly sour tinge on the back end. Alot of malt derived bitterness, remindes me of day old coffee. Mouthfeel is on the thinner side with a watery texture and moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was just too burnt and acrid for my tastes.
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours clear cola brown with ruby highlights and a thin and fading tan head. Not big in the aroma department, but a bit of cocoa and coffee are there to be found amid a somewhat ’nutty’ background. Body tends to light, a bit watery, with minimal carbonation. Taste of molasses, dark chocolate, with a dry espresso and ash finish. This is a beer that almost works for me, but not quite. There’s just something grainy in here that’s arguing with my taste buds.
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2008
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Have had this sitting around since the SuperBowl - This was not a stout. It was at one time but has since gone; Sour. Has been refrigerated its whole life - not sure how it went bad. I will have to try it again some other time.
robforbes (2083) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2009 old rating: 7/4/8/3/15 - 3.7
pours a opaque with a small khaki head that disapates quickly, and very good lacing.
smell of cocoa bean, coffee, a touch of vanilla, and roasted walnuts.
taste is dry, bakers chocolate, dark chocolate, strong coffee, and a touch of licorice, ends dry and bitter.
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black with a creamy head. The aroma has light notes of roasted malt and chocolate. the flavour has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, sweetness, a bit of coffee and a light bitterness. It’s smooth with a rather good body - uncomplicated and straight forward - thank you Tom/After4ever!!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a sexy deep brown, not quite opaque, with a pleasant sheen. A thin, off-white, slowly diminishing head recedes too slowly to keep track of. The aroma has awkward roast and chocolate integration at first, but quickly smoths to something appealing. Coffee and heavily roasted grains veer off in every direction as they stream from the glass. Flavor starts out on the sweet side, with medium to medium-high sweetness, low to mild bitterness, still loaded with roastiness. Coffee notes and bitterness build and are relatively sustained at a high level throughout, just after the initial sweetness of the first sip or two wears thin. Carbonation is just a little on the light side. Chalky chocolate doesn’t jive well with a somewhat watery texture. The finished product just doesn’t feel quite finished at all, it’s too grainy. It almost feels like a concentrate that’s been watered down a little too much. Quite drinkable but needs some fine tuning.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanx to DeGarth for sharing this at Tampa Gathering.Pours black with a nice khaki head.Huge coffee and roastedness on the nose.Coffee, chocolate and sweet roasted nuts fill out the flavor.finish is all coffee.
hopscotch (10017) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Terrific retention. Rich aroma of pistachio and milk chocolate with diacetyl and vanilla undertones. Sweet, chocolaty flavor. Not complex, just rich and tasty. Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Sweet, chocolate and coffee finish. I haven’t checked my stats, but this has to be one of the very best dry stouts I’ve ever tasted! Underrated, in my book. Big props to Degarth for sharing this gem of a beer!