UnsofistaCat (239) - 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 (2334) - 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 (1459) - 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.
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
VEry nic eindeed. A very fine roasted grains aroma and bubbly head, the way I like the stouts.
Pailhead (5381) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consist of moderate chocolate, roasted malt, faint burnt notes, and smoke. It pours a dark brown with some faint orange highlights when held to the light and a inch tall beige head with excellent retention and sporadic webbing for lacing. The flavor starts with lots of roasted malt. The finish has moderate bitter black coffee, light-moderate dark chocolate, and burnt notes. The bitter black coffee and burnt notes are a little excessive and harsh. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation and somewhat creamy mouthfeel.
GT2 (9165) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown, near black with a large, poofy, tan head that has excellent retention and big poofy lacing. Aroma is a bit muted but there is some old tar, molasses, campfire, deep woods. Taste is very bitter, roasty, ashy, big on the balancing hops. Very fizzy/bubbly on the palate. Pretty good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cool 11.2 oz. bottle with the grenade type pull cap. Consumed fresh, the day it hit the shelves in Orlando. Pours a dark mahogany color with some chestnut tinted translucency at the outer layers. A quickly fleeting head of smooth khaki foam gives way to a thin surface film, as scant traces of lacing dot the glass in its wake. The nose is something of a beautiful contradiction, dry and roasty on one hand, yet sweet, chocolaty, and fruity on the other. Notes of toasted, perhaps even smoked barley are joined by coffee and dry cocoa in an effort to balance out sweeter chocolate, licorice, and burnt toffee elements. Some unidentifiable dark fruit lends further sweetness in the background, while potent green, herbal, grassy hops lend an aromatic punch. Flavors are largely the same, towing the line between dry roast bitterness and sweeter caramel and blackened malt notes. Cocoa, coffee, and scorched caramel all again play their part, while a hint of salty brininess reminds me of an oyster stout. Bitter, grassy hopping concentrates on the long, ashy, roasty finish. Each swallow of the light-bodied (for a stout anyway) liquid brings with it a drier, more parching sensation, low carbonation leading into a papery, bitter end point. Overall, I find this to be interesting and unique stuff, but nothing groundbreaking or even remotely impressive. I want to call it sessionable, but that is largely untrue for me as the dryness gets to be excessive by the 3/4 mark of the drink. Decent brew....nothing more, nothing less.
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I had this on nitro at the Map Room into a pint glass...A nice double pour required on this super sticky and totally creamy light tan head that is really not bubbly at all and is almost one solid sheet of head. A boring black beer body leaves not much to discuss...The light aroma of just roasted coffee is boring to my senses and I do not have high hopes for my first sip...The taste confirms this is an amazing looking beer but boring in other regards. A light coffee tastes throughout with an amazingly too bitter coffee finish, very dry and tannic. The flavor after several sips gets worse and despite my most sincere hopes I cannot just crush is 5% beer to end the night and I have to leave it half full.
A too dry and bitter irish stout that almost, almost should be gotten to just look at, or better yet tell someone else to order and just look at the ensuing porn.
Stay away from the bottle though.