drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft, pours black with khaki head. aroma has baker’s chocolate, milky. flavor has dark coffee roast, chocolate, and it becomes rather creamy with vanilla finish. Med body easy drinking. Good milk stout but becomes rather sweet after about 8oz.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The regular version is finally back for me to tick... 2 versions available, cask and standard, go straight to the cask its 3 thousand times better and its what I base the rating off of... pours a nice dark brown with a light tan head, just looks great, like a nitro oatmeal, good retention, and sick lacing... the nose is light but some nice roasted coffee with cream finish, subtle but awesome, wish it was more in my face... the taste is sadly super light as well, but I’m oddly super attracted to it, roasted coffee, light bitterness, insanely crushable... the mouthfeel is perfect, velvet yumminess... surprising how much a barrel changes this beer, you would never have guessed they were the same beer if you had them side by side.... high recommend
Non cask version really sucks, its too sweet, terrible mouthfeel, and way to bitter of a finish. Get the cask!
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Revolution. Pours a deep black/brown with ruby at the edges and a dark tan head. Nose is quite roasty with cocoa and grains, a kiss of floral hops. On taste, the roast is held in restraint by the lacto. Rich and full body with some nice grain notes. Pretty straight forward, but very well made. Good.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Snifter at revbrew... Pours a medium dark cola brown wit a thin wispy tan head... Aroma of sweet molasses and a prominent roasted malt aspect with softer coffee undertones... Flavors are semi-sweet with a little lactose. Chocolate and roasted malt aspects. Perfectly drinkable if a little thin for being 7.5 abv. Not bad.
Reynolds314 (3324) - Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is just good. Really lactose forward with light roast cocoa, coffee, and toffee. Toasty, malty, rich and really well made. Nice beer and a good surprise.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, milk chocolate brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is rich chocolates with a solid roasty balance along with a pleasant, light lactose sweetness. Some milk chocolates, dark chocolates, a hint of molasses and caramel, and a light coffee as well. Flavor is similar and pretty damn good. Lots of rich, milky and dark chocolates balanced perfectly with a smooth roasty coffee profile. Some more hints of molasses and caramel, a touch of vanilla, and a light lactose that never gets too sweet or distracting. Finishes very smooth and creamy, but fairly dry thanks to the nice roastiness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, very smooth and soft, creamy body and a soft, creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very impressive milk stout. Sweet, but well balanced with a nice roasty, slight coffee flavor. Lactose sweetness is present, but never too much. I really liked this beer.
madvike (3204) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from pantanap...thanks Kan! - Pours cola-black with a thin tan head. Nose is a nice blend of milky, creamy sweetness and medium-dark roast. A bit of butterscotch and vanilla, as well as a little astringency. Taste is smooth up front--lots of sweet vanilla, some molasses, and a touch of brown sugar, transitioning into a charred, espresso finish. Bitter and astringent finish. A little thin in the mouth, making it feel a bit watery. Not a ton of carbonation. This felt promising, but was a bit of a letdown.
jcartamdg (3136) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of chocolate, lactose and coffee. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roast and chocolate. Very tasty light and smooth
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tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Revolution: Deep, black center with dark ruby edges; a light beige collar rests around the edges of the brew. Aroma is outlined with a HUGE dried prune character & big, leafy tobacco notes. Large earthiness with a dark fruit, offsetting sweetness. Not what I expected from this lactose brewed milk stout, but I dig the prune-tobacco combo nonetheless. The taste is a replication of the aroma; huge notes of prune, dried dates, leafy tobacco, & some earthy char. I can detect a very moderate, dry cocoa bean flavor in the finish, but it certainly seems tertiary. I normally don’t favor stouts with heavy dark fruit flavors, but the prune aspect isn’t overly sweet here, & the earthy tobacco elements balance everything nicely. A nice stout.
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft taster, June 7. Deep black, with a thin head. Smell has some light chocolate, but the taste goes much deeper to cocoa country. Warming alcohol gives this an impression of a chocolate cordial. Overall impression is sweet, with a bit of roastiness and hoppiness in the background.