Ibrew2or3 (7489) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours black with explosive rocky mocha head and crazy sheet lacing. The aroma has a moment of roasty to burnt malts before a big malted-fig-cotton-ball smell rears up. Odd. The taste starts with mild dark fruitiness from figs, dates and prunes before roasty, mild chocolate malts, malt balls, some vanilla and burnt malts join the fray. Yum. It ends with mostly malt notes and some rich dark chocolate.
swoopjones (6909) - 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
mjs (5327) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught at Porterhouse on 2008-07-01) Almost black. Medium-sized dense tan head. Almost burned aroma in nose. Full and dry palate. Hops, roasted malts and lots of bitterness in taste. Sligtly boring. Ok aftertaste.
Ughsmash (7364) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle. Opened unenthusiasticallly, but looked good when poured.. deep brown with a creamy cap of rich tan head. The aroma picked up roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and lesser nutty notes in a fine array of malts.. just a touch of oaky sourness and herbal notes behind. The flavor had a little more sourness than I would’ve liked, but it was still aiight.. roasted barley, coffee, and lesser chocolate on the core with oak and roasted grainy sourness around.. bitterness was fresh and greener with grassy character.. finished with roasted black malts and more of that sourness. Medium-bodied with ideal carbonation on the palate, but the sourness kept it from flowing well. Certainly solid overall
downender (6954) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the Porterhouse, London 09/06/09. Jet black with a decent, tight, off-white head. Big, roasted barley aroma with a pleasant chocolate edge. Flavour had dark chocolate, espresso coffee and a decent bitter finish. Very good.
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím not sure I liked this one much. Kind of thought it tasted like band aides a bit. I lost my notes, so this terrible review will have to do.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint pulled on St Patrickís Day at The White Horse on Parsons Green (London), black with a large beige head. A roasted aroma. A tanginess and roast to the flavour that drinks nice and think through the head and works well.
jefcon (1506) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, rich, oily black stout. Creamy on both the nose and the tongue: lots of coffee and an orange tinge to the aromas. Much more noticeable on the taste, but with an oaty consistency which is nice. I canít tell you why this brew is cold-filtered -- it is certainly served too cold. Only one black mark on an otherwise exceptionally dry stout. Points off for being a little one-dimensional -- but, hey, if youíre going to brew it, brew it well. They donít need to get fancy with this one.
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.
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.