neuromatt (858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours deep chestnut with a small rim of tan bubbles. The nose has huge notes of dark chocolate and vanilla, along with molasses and roasted malts. The flavour is lightly sweet throughout, with complex dark chocolate notes and just a touch of espresso. Hops, herbs and earth are present, but are much less promonent. The finish is slightly bitter with dark chocolate, a touch of espresso and just a hint of hops. The finish is long and roasty with subtle hops. On the palate it is medium in body with a dry texture and almost no carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice oatmeal chocolate stout with a beautiful silky texture and elegant composition. 2013-03-15
rejtable (1048) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours very black with no head or lacing. Nose is very light espresso. Aromas of espresso, roasted malts, light bitter chocolate and metal. Tastes are medium sweet and a faint bitterness. Body is very watery. Nothing remarkable.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle - $7.99 at Mink’s Package Store in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours an opaque, very dark brown body with ungodly tall, sea foam-like, beige head.
Smell: Roast-edged malts, bitterish dark chocolate, a puff of smokey and some espresso grounds. Unfortunately, there’s a noted, disagreeable vegetal tone that shows up in the flavor, but is a bit more prominent here. Pity.
Taste: Roast, dark chocolate and a smokey shot of espresso. Hint of licorice. Medium-light sweetness. Slight dark berry accent. Touch of something from the garden. Minor bitterness. Drying, roasty, chocolaty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Sharp carbonation.
Overall: Rather over-carbonated. Craftsman never reaches the potential hoped for it.
DocLock (7201) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Smith’s. Pours hazy dark brownish black with a finger of loud brown head and a gusher upon opening. The head is like pouring a Diet Coke, and says to me as I lean in to hear it in an homage to Fred Eckhardt, "Bring me the precious!" Whatever. Nose is assertive hops, dark malt, roasty cacao, blackberry. Tastes dry, roasty dark malty, like a dry stout, with lively carbonation and a heavy and complex palate without being the slightest bit cloying, and a big hop finish, and blackberry notes. This one is great.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of argoO at Dc tasting. Black-brown body, beige head. Big brown chocolate tastes. Mossy chocolate, a load of peat. Very English/Scottish feel. Perfect clean mouthfeel. Rich crystal malt, but oh so sessionable.
punkska101 (728) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with dad from lcbo A: dark chocolate, licorice, caramel/ toffee, coffee. App: pitch black small beige head some lacing. T/p: full body finish is sweet and medium long. O: good like the coffiness/ dark chocolate.
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the 5th Annual Coldest Day of the Year Stout Tasting on 01/26/2013: Dark brown pour with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Light body with flavors of sweet chocolate, soy sauce and malt. The finish is sweet with a short chocolate malt aftertaste. Pretty average overall.
thorongil2 (917) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) clear very dark brown with a small brown head; aromas of coffee, soy sauce, raisin; dry intense flavour
Boutip (4292) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a light black color stout with a large light brown foamy head with average retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light black chocolate notes with some bitter roasted malt notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix between medium black chocolate notes with light bitter roasted malt notes with a light touch of coffee in the aftertaste. Body is too light with not enough of a creamy texture but with some very good carbonation. Not bad overall but I would think that a fuller body would improve the drinking experience.
Tmoney99 (9610) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with a medium light brown frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium toasted sweet chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium toasted sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of average duration. Sweet drinkable brew.