HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle shared with biegaman. Deep clear ruby with a smallish tan head. Aroma of Nutella, light peat, salt, semi-sweet chocolate and coffee - very smooth and appealing - no alcohol. Taste - coffee, baker’s chocolate, salt, herbal bitterness - nice, not quite as smooth as the aroma, but nice. Slick, herbal, midly carbonated, solid-bodied - finishes with an odd yeasty bit of apple! Really nice stout - lightish, but good.
Ibrew2or3 (7423) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Blazer06. Bottle with very odd (to me) pull tab bottle cap. It pours mahogany with off white head. The aroma is roasty, out of place dark fruitiness, brown sugar, spices and chocolate malts. It smells a bit disjointed. The taste is prickly with carbonation and thin in body creating notes of roasted malts, some spicy yeast, some mild cherry meat, more spices, chocolate malts and a thin layer of earthiness. Interesting.
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(330ml bottle) Pours a clear mahogany body with a tall dense beige head. Aroma of nuts, some spruce, caramel, maple, roasted grain, and leather. Flavor of roasted malt, earth, subtle saltiness, herbs, and some coffee.
blutt59 (6231) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, pours deep brown with a tan foam sheath, has a nutty chalky cocoa aroma, flavors are dry light cocoa with a bitter lactic finish
dlovell2 (1185) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap in Dublin Ireland. Dark brown with amber tint and tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt flavor with slightly salty finish. Creamy feel in mouth. Delicious with fish and chips.
EricE (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso, Dupont Circle, shared by ryan. Dark, thin black pour with a light tan head. Dark, roasty aroma with licorice and berries. Fruity roast flavor with apple and pear notes. Bitter, dry finish. Good, easy drinking. Very light, but it packs a lot of flavor.
ljstephenson (249) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A pitch black beer thick creamy tan head. The aroma is light malt and some coffee. The flavor is slightly roasted, with caramel and a slight salty end. Finishes soft and smooth. Great stout.
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a dark brown-orange color with a large tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and some briney saltiness. The flavor is roasted malt with some hop bitterness. I also get some chocolate and some salt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
mar (5012) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured a deep brown with a cream head. nose is roasted malts, salt, chocolate, and more roastiness. nice on the palate, flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, faint salt, not much else.
bluejacket74 (1538) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle, says 5.2% ABV. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and an aroma that I can’t identify. I assume that’s from the oysters, but I could be wrong about that. This brew tastes good, I can taste roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a minerally and slightly salty taste that I’m pretty sure comes from the oysters. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, but it does seems a bit thin for a stout. Good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s smooth, a little bit slick and goes down easy. In my opinion this brew wasn’t quite as good as Harpoon’s Island Creek Oyster Stout, but it’s still a good brew and definitely worth a try. I’d buy this again in the future.