oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a tan frothy head. Aroma is coffee, oatmeal, milk chocolate, and roast. Flavor is loaded with coffee and chocolate with lactic and oatmeal sugars prevalent. Palate is medium bodied with a creamy frothy body. Well balanced, full flavored and fully sessionable.
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a big light brown head that laces and black with red color. Aroma is dark malt-rich/roasty/cocoa/molasses. Taste is dark malt-rich/roasty/coffee/cocoa/molasses, some earthy hops.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (handpump) at NERAX North, Haverhill MA, 7 November 2009 @ 5.5%. Very dark. Small head but good condition. Mix of hop and roast malt aroma. Some chocolate. Very hoppy flavour. The Chinooks come through very strongly. Much more strongly than I’d expect in a stout. Bitter (hop bitter that is) mouthfeel. Notwithstanding the rather atypical hop profile, this is tasty and appealing beer.
boomer0813 (100) - denton, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to jkwalking05. Poured smokey black with cream head. Aroma was of black licorice, butterscotch, and spice. Flavor was a dark roast with choclate and cinnamon.
travita (4562) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Jon. The smell is chocolate, malts, coffee, and bready. The look is black with red tinges and an ok tan head. The taste is coffee, chocolate, and malts.
jkwalking05 (4355) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased at the brewpub on 05/23/09. Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of vinegar, roasted malts, and coffee. Taste is of roasted malts and coffee, and dry.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Again I have to say you can’t get any prettier looking stouts than one poured from a nitro tap. Wonderful cascading tiny bubbles producing a great looking coco colored head in my Imperial pint glass. The color of the brew was the standard black stout no light coming thru at all
A rich roasted malt profile comes thru in the nose whit an ample hop presence. The flavors are more of the same, along with a slight coffee espresso note thrown in for good luck. Again the Nitro dose a lot for this brew and for sure it helps out in the way it feels in your mouth. Rich smooth and creamy are good adjectives for it.
Good drinkability on this as well, but I tend to use it as a session closer more than a session brew.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the CDC release. Pours a black body with a tan head. Chalky roast y stout with hints of smoke and coffee. Thin and session able. A mellow sweetness to finish. Simple and enjoyable.
lb4lb (2580) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours black with a beige short lived head. Smell is buttery and dry roasty malt. Watery. Not very good. Unimpressed, and still looking for a good Portsmouth beer or at least one I’d want to have again...
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle thanks to jkwalking05) Pours very dark brown with a tan head. Nose is smoky peat moss. Flavor is also smoky, coffee, with bitter dark chocolate finish.