BBB63 (5699) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from porterhouse and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Deep brown hue with a fading frothy tan head and left spotty lace in itís wake. The aroma has notes of grapefruit and piney vapours, coffee, toasted and charred malt, some bittersweet chocolate too. The taste is a fine balance of sweet malt and bitter hops with a mild lactic twang. Coffee and a touch of smoke is also found within. The mouth feel is a tad thin and chalky (A problem I had with Kate the Great as well). Overall a very drinkable stout I had no problem finishing.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Severely dark chestnut brown with a thin tan head. Nutty hazelnut/chocolate, mild smoke on the aroma. Smooth nutty taste, a little chocolate, lightly bitter finish. Nice roasty smooth taste overall. A good brew.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from the bomber to a dark black color with medium thick tan head that lingers well and leaves okay lacing. Aroma is a sweet blend of malt choclate, toffee and roasted nuts, with just a hint of hops. The only downside of this beer was the mouthfeel, which was fairly flat and watery, probably due in part to the low %abv. The taste kicked back in with the same malty flavors found in the nose. This all rounded off to a nice pleasant finish.
Not a bad beer at all.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Black, dark brown edges. Small off white head. Aroma of roasted, bittersweet malt, light smoke, dark cocoa. Same flavors, dry finish. Medum body, balanced carbontion, very drinkable. Nice stout.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Brewery in Portsmouth NH (really nice staff and brewers)--Deep brown-black body and small lacy tan head. Dry, crisp mouth feel. Roasted chocolate palate. Nutty and mildly spiced from PNW hops. Stellar all around brew!
mcox90 (1428) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle . Pours a deep dark brown, almost black. Tan head with some lacing. Very dry mouthfeel. Taste of smoky roasted malt with dry chocolate flavor. Some nuttiness. No aftertaste. Pretty good brew. My 1st from Portsmouth, but wonít be the last.
shigadeyo (2959) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/06/2007: Black Cat Stout is a dark brown coffee color (looks black and opaque in the glass) with a pillowy tan head that lasts a surprisingly long time (based on the fizzy sound while pouring I figured it would just bubble away pretty quickly). This beer really did produce a perfect pout into my English pint glass! There is even detailed lacing left behind on the glass as the head settles down to a frothy, lasting crown. The aroma is a bit funky with something slightly sour and smelling of sweet mold up front (hmmm, old milk?) with some chocolate nearly hidden in the middle and roasted malt in the back that I suspect crosses the line to being burnt. Quite interesting. Hopefully the flavor is fairs better... The flavor is actually pretty rich and roasty with a bit of dry smoke that begins mid-palate and carries through the dry roasty and charred finish. Some pleasing and balancing hop flavor (green/leafy and floral) and bitterness comes through in the finish and lingers on the palate. It blends really nicely with the dry, roasty chocolate finish and after taste. Yum! The flavor is right on what I want in a Dry Irish-style Stout. As far as mouthfeel goes, this beer has a a medium to medium-full body and is quite mellow and smooth. In my opinion, thatís a great palate for the style. Overall I am quite satisfied with this beer. Iím not sure what that off smell is at first, but it seems to fade away as the beer warms and the flavor makes up for it in the end! I highly recommend this stout for those that like the dry style and who can actually get their hands on a bottle! ... Wow, I took my time with this bottle (about an hour) and I am feeling it pretty good. There is no way this is only 5% ABV. Iíve had this bottle since April 2007 or so, but it would have to have climbed a long way from 5% over the past 6-7 months to make me feel the way I do now! Dang...
1 pint 6 fluid ounce bottle (5.9% Alc. by Vol.) from porterhouse. Thanks Kevin! Rating #39 for this beer...
kramer (4564) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle, from brewery. Pours a dark brown body with a small fizzy light brown head that faded quickly. No lacing. Nose is heavily roasted malt with a light acrid, burnt rubber note, some cola, a light lactic sour note, and some coffee. The flavor is pretty thin with some dry roasted malt and some nuttiness. Very lightly bitter finish with a little weak brewed coffee. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with an oily slick texture and soft fizzy carbonation. Overall, not the best Stout. Actually had more similatities to a Brown Ale than it should have.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
4th of my 10 tasting flight @ Portsmouth. Pours black with a head that faded from about 2 fingers, light brown in color. Nose is robust and malty. Taste is sweet, and full of tasty chocolate malts. Nice dry stout.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
rich, good head, average
solid black, thin brown head that disappears, roasted malt aroma, creamy body, big roasted flavor with a bit of burnt malt bitterness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 10/20