SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle, MJ Rare Beer Club, marked as 7% ABV: Black as night pour with an incredibly thick and creamy tan head. Wow, this is hoppy for a dry stout. The nose is orange and lemon juice and zest, pine and perfume on top of a soft, bitter chocolate note. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominate the body. Finishes a bit chalky and dry on the tongue.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Thanks Joe. Was nice to see I hadnít rated this one, I had it at a previous tasting but must have never taken notes on it. Oh well, stoutie ratings rule. Brown body with a light tan head. Very fluffy, nice lasting power and lacing. Smell is a bit odd, some detergent or soap powder, also some fruity esters, licorice, chocolate, coffee and some charred malts. Flavor is similar, but thankfully dropping much or all of the detergent note, and leaving just a pretty good dry stout behind. Body is appropriate to style, drinks very easily. Finish is short to medium in length, a bit bitter or astringent with some coffee and chocolate notes.
FatPhil (10343) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Keg (Porterhouse, Dublin)
Black, nitro head. In the most recent one I had, nitro kills the aroma, but some darkly roasted malts detectable. Rich roasted malty taste - sweet but bitter chocolate. Dry, punchy and bitter - an excellent Irish stout. Had previously with more aroma - much improved the experience, and old higher rating preserved. Let this warm, and swirl some of the gas out of it to appreciate it best.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted coffee and chocolate with hoppy aroma. Hoppy and bitter aftertaste with a beige head. Mouth feel is very silky smooth. A very nice stout.
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Porterhouse, Coven Garden. Deep brown with creamy off-white head. Taste is rich dark chocolate, coffee and malty. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel. Finish is slightly dry.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with large creamy head. This was a very good beer with huge roasted flavors throughout. smooth and creamy on the palate. Puts that other famous Irish stout to shame.
Wobbler (46) - IRELAND - SEP 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a huge beer, expecially for its strength. Dark brown, thick creamy yellow head. It looks fantastic. It has a really strong burnt taste with a huge bitter finish. The best Irish stout Iíve tasted.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, courtesy of Hogtown Harry (thanks Swoopjones!!) Wow, big thanks to Harry for sharing this one, Iíve always wanted to try something from these guys. With a label that claims that theyíre modeling their beer after the stuff Michael Collins and crew used to drink, well, thatís pretty neat too, here goes. Dry dry dry aroma - dusty, sweet with some chocolate - good start. Pitch black, medium brownish head. Very dry taste - great full body, molasses, chocolate, some hops. Milky. Very drinkable. A wonderful session dry stout that exceeded my very high expectations.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010
Date: June 02, 2007
Appearance: black, wispy beige head
Aroma: dry roasted malt and dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich bitter dark chocolate flavor, only a touch of sweetness at first but disappears as it gets warm, picks up a light tartness upon warming
Date: April 10, 2010
Source: hop city
Appearance: black, frothy beige head
Aroma: dry roasted aroma
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of dark chocolate bitterness, touch of sweetness eventually emerges, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
MJís Rare Beer Club 7/13/07: Black body w/a lasting medium sized beige head. Metallic w/ sherry like oxidation at first in the aroma, then prunish dark fruit esters. Also minerally. Very light chocolate & roasted grains and a touch of soapy hops with hints of toasted and caramel malts. The flavor is well balanced between sweet and bitter up front, but finishes bitter and lingers into the aftertaste. Light chocolate malt, and again, a soapy flavor w/ herbal and earthy hop presence. Brown sugary at the start and some lightly toasted malt. Light raisiny ester in the flavor and also a touch of alcohol. Fuller medium body, warming alcohol, low carbonation, and a dry m/f. Okay but not great! A bit too harsh around the edges to be truly enjoyable for me.