Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber, thanks to Mark! Poured medium-deep brown with a lovely initial cap of tan head.. might’ve been a "5" if it didn’t settle down quite quickly. The aroma picked up moderately-roasty chocolate, molasses, and caramel undertones.. almost smelled syrupy, but that’s OK.. dark and enticing on the back of the nose. The flavor was along the same lines.. sweeter chocolates and treacle at the core with a smooth oaty texture.. somewhat sour at the edges from coffee and tannins.. sweeter finish caught some of that latter character, which detracted from the goodness a little. Medium-bodied and it wanted to be smooth on the palate, but the sharper edges kept getting in the way. OK overall.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is light, muted, cocoa, grassy hops, tangy fruits. The body is dark brown and holds a thin tan head. The flavor is mostly coffee, smoke, cocoa and a light fruit and chocolate sweetness. Soft mouth feel and carbonation.
CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a cream head that has some retention and lacing. Rich aroma has notes of caramel and light brown sugar. Flavor is very dry and herbal with a noticeable hop back and decided roastiness, almost burnt but not unpleasant. Not terribly complex, though. Palate has decent carbonation but limited creaminess. Overall a decent effort but could certainly be richer to suit the style.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is dark chocolate, strong coffee and smoke, dark brown, tiny tan head. Softer taste of chocolate than the nose, pleasing malt also. Light to medium bodied, nicely bitter. Very good. Thanks tiggmtl via mds.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
At the BBB63 comes to Tampa gathering, thanks to host Joe:
Opaque with a small head and good lace. The aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, smoke, oatmeal, caramel, walnut, and musty yeast esters. The taste is ripe dark fruit and toasty oats with a note of chocolate. A bit medicinal and salty. The mouth feel is thin and fizzy, metallic finish. Blah, okay I guess. Nothing memorable at all.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle… March 08 Tampa Bay Tasting… Murky black ale with a small, creamy, beige head. The grainy nose imparts notes of blue corn, chocolate, tobacco and a puff of smoke. Light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Well-balanced and inoffensive, but bland, thin and watery. Burnt, tangy finish.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Thank you, sir.
Notes were pretty shitty at this point in the night, so I will just say that this one was a bit underwhelming. Wasn’t a good tasting night as far as Sweet Stouts go, and that is taking into account that they are one of my very favorite styles.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy Degarth. Pours a dark brown/black, with a light brown head. Smells of sweet roasty malts, light chocolate, and oatmeal. Maybesome cereal in there too. Decent oatmeal sweetness in the flavor. Subtle chocolate and roasty malt characters are in the background, but fairly sweet which is to be expected. Decent and drinkable, but uninspiring.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smooth chocolate laden stout.
Opaque blackness. Thick tan head. Dry palate. Soft carbonation. Cocoa notes.
Salty/bloody finish. Powdery texture. Thin palate. General dullness.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Oakes for sending this one along. Dark black pour with a thick but fast-fading dark brown head. Aroma is quite soft and chocolatey. Some nice roastiness and a touch of oaty character. Flavour is also full of bitter chocolate, some light herbal character and a bit of licorice. A lingering roasty bitterness on the back. Nice soft flavour of earthy hops as well. A little thinnish on the palate, but I like it.