Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This isn’t a style that often excites me (the consumate hop-head), but I enjoyed this brew. From the bottle this poured a dense, intense dark brown body capped by a huge light brown head that turned rocky after a while, coating the glass with clumps of lace. Big roasted aroma, barley-malt-coffee, with dark chocolate, anise, and cigar tobacco. The flavor is more straightforward in the ways of a dry Stout, very roasty, but with a smooth blending of the sensations from the nose into the mouth. The finish is quite dry and has a mild burnt hard nut bitterness to it. Nice.
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larsga (6771) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium creamy beige everlasting head. Opaque black body goes dark red at edges. Burnt milky caramelly aroma. Dry burnt coffee and grain taste with milky licorice notes. Burnt almonds and caramel also in evidence. Peppery aftertaste. Very nice and drinkable dry stout. Pretty uncompromising. (0.3l draft at Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin.)
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2011 Have no idea where my earlier rating came from, where did I have this before?...Anyway, the re-rate is from Dublin at Porterhouse brewery taps...revisited many times, this beer is great! And the numbers stay the same!
Opaque black. Cappucino-colored head. The nicest-looking of all the Porterhouse stouts. Aroma has a Mexican chocolate profie with fun ancho pepper smoke. Yeah. Very soft mouthfeel from nitro but also luscious good beer...The ancho and well-smoked earthy chili pepper character is all over the mouth and makes this a unique and excellent brew. Impressive!
Luscious thick tan head on a black body. Aroma of cocoa and blackberry. Clean, simple, solid flavors. A little fizzy in the palate. A super-nice enjoyable dry stout.
Ratman197 (11380) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle poured a translucent brownish black with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of alkali, carmel, bitter chocolate and light coffee. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth with a slightlyt dry finish. Flavors of esspresso, dark chocolate, carmel, light vanilla and a hint of smoke with a smooth lingering lightly bitter finish.
Flat out smokes Guiness!!!
swoopjones (6986) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Michael Jacksons Beer of the Month Club. Probably should of had this before the StArnolds #5 but anyway. Little to zero aroma here. Roastiness, light coffee feel. Very drinkable & enjoyable
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque, with a very dark tan head with brown highlights. Aroma is almost all coffee, but with notes of dark fruit in the background, and hints of hops. Flavor is dry, even a bit dusty, but with big espresso character, all backed by some definite hop character. Body is very creamy and smooth. Aftertaste is more coffee, dry from the roast malts, and slightly hoppy. Little on the bitter side in the tail. Nice stout, lots more flavor than Guinness.
anders37 (19552) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Porterhouse, Coven Garden. Pours a black color with a longlasting creamy tan head. Roasted malty aroma with some hints of chocolate. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. Long roasted malty finish with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 from Michael Jackson’s Beer Club. Label says 7% abv. It’s quite a nice dry stout, with a nice chocolatey aroma and a bit of smoke in there. As the beer warms, some roast and barley in there, and a pleasing milky consistency that goes well with the chocolatey qualities. Not too much personality, and a bit thin, but I’d happily drink this again.
jcr (2365) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bitter for a dry stout, but still solid and enjoyable. Fizzy light brown head above a dark, opaque body. The heavy aroma presents smells of roasted and burnt malts, molasses, coffe, smoke and hops. The flavor is lightly sweet, heaviy acidic and moderate to heavily bitter. Very dry and somewhat chalky finish. Medium body.
ogivlado (6428) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Porterhouse, Covent Garden, London.
Deep black coloured, creamy head, chocolate nose. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma with chicory notes and strong bitter finish. Very nice and heavy stout.