5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle:   Very pale roast, somewhat of a dark brown color, with some tart herbal notes.   Would never have guessed this for a Stout had I tried it blind.   Slightly dry, with some bitter dandelion notes.   Reminds me of dandelion tea a bit.   Pale sweetness, a bit tart, herbal, does seem to have some of the characteristics in the description, but its all so minor.   A very soft example of a Stout.   Dunno about this one...
DuffMan (6555) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wow, this sounds good doesn’t it? I thought so. I brought this bottle to a group game night for sharing. What a dud! Medium brown with an effervescent tan head. The aroma is heavy on herbs with a few phenols thrown in, and a hint of vanilla sweetness. The aroma is definitively un-stoutlike, with no roast traits at all. The palate translates to the same: heavy herbal, medicinal character, almost astringent. Thin, watery mouthfeel. Again, there is a sad paucity of malt here-- just the faintest hint of chocolate. Missing the vanilla hinted at in the nose. For all the romanticism in the description, this beer was failure. Half the bottle sat unfinished, among five eager tasters. Sad.