drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
5/9/12. 22oz bottle thanks to Arin! Black pour with a nice khaki head. Nice coffee aroma with dark chocolate. Nice coffee flavor with grains and roastiness. Reminds me of a dry Irish stout (well, I see now it’s listed as such). Not bad!
AdamJackson (1995) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 7, 2012
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thanks to a generous Southern NH trader who sent me this. Kept it around for a week, poured into a Hill Farmstead glass at 55 Degrees F.
A - 1-Finger dark leathery head subsided to a quarter finger. Dark brown to black pour, reminds me of cheap motor oil.
S - Gigantic mal smells. Roasted and smoked malts with a bit of chocolate and german bock scent. Mild hop profile
T - Coffee and cocoa come through first, mild bit of wood but a fleeting sweetness and sour taste that hurts the beer at the back of the tongue. Starts off great, dies down fast to a bad taste.
M - 80/20 carbonation, light body
O - Smell and initial taste are good but this beer is no B in my book. Not worth having again and disappointing.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Poured viscous black with a moderate, off white head. Bready malts, hints of roast and cookie-like sweetness. Cocoa, mocha, ash, smoke, mild bitterness.
wilnatp (508) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2012 Bottle at Darkness Day 2011. Great beer with coffee and chocolate. A bit of wood or smoke too. A buit thin though
Sledutah (4068) - Utah, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle from Thirdeye11
Appearance: Black with a big tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, dried chocolate and bitter
Taste: Dark malts, sour, dark fruit, bitter and medicinal
OK, but didn’t enjoy the sourness at all. The appearance and aroma was great, but taste was not pleasant, maybe I got a bad bottle.
ryanfolty (1737) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Date: October 22, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Darkness Day. Full description not available as I sampled way too many beers during Darkness Day!
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub. Aroma is full of dark roast, coffee, faint chocolate, burnt grains and toffee. Appropriately black in color with a lasting, uneven, light tan head and plenty of thick lacing. Flavor follows the aroma very closely, roasty, toasty, very gently sweet, malt utterly dominating here, not much hoppiness to speak of. Now that I see this is for sure a Dry Stout, that certainly follows. Creamy and smooth on the palate, body is light-medium. Some lingering charry malts and dark sweetness late. Fairly straight forward, but not bad.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Dark brown pour with a gray white head. Aroma and flavor of coffee primarily. Also some mild smoke and chocolate.
johnnnniee (1954) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a respectably dark brown/black color with a thinnish tan head that I had to coax with a vigorous pour. Roasted coffee and caramel fill my nostrils along with powdered dark chocolate and a hint of toffee. Taste is roasty and creamy almost like a sweet stout rather than a dry. Chocolate and coffee mixed with caramel and toffee. Longer lingering roasted coffee bitterness mixed with just enough sweetness finishes every sip. Medium body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Another great brew from the folks up at the Portsmouth brewery.
alexsdad06 (4353) - Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle shared with the Cincy crew. Pours a dark brown/black color with a medium sized dark beige head. The nose is nicely roasted malts with some earthy bitterness and dry chocolate. This beer has a decent amount of character for 5%. Flavors of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and mild black coffee. Finish is mildly bitter. Good mouth feel, smooth creamy, while still being dry. This was a nice surprise.