cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-pours a jet black liquid with a thin dark tan colored head.
S-the nose is light and hard to detect. notes of oatmeal and some sugary malts mix with a hint of slightly roasted chocolate malts.
T-the flavor is more robust and roasty. roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate, light notes of roasted cofee and a touch of sweet dark fruits to add some sweetness.
M-medium bodied and extremely smooth and creamy. slightly grainy feel in the finish but the carb is low allowing a smooth easy finish.
D-very smooth and refeshing, extremely easy to drink with an inviting palate and gentle robust flavors.
Capa (2772) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Real dark with and inch of dark beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, burnt malts, chocolate, bourbon, and oats. Full bodied. Flavor has a smooth yet robust roasted malt presence, chocolate, creamy oatmeal, light lactose, and an underlying and milder molasses flavor than in the aroma. Surprised at how good this is even though I should be. River Horse makes some good beers and this on is no exception.
gpekar (494) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured very dark brown, almost black, with nice red highlights around the edge of the glass. There was a tall creamy light brown head that reduced to about 1/2 inch gradually and eventually to just a film. There was some nice lacing as the head went down. There was a mild aroma of chocolate and a hint of anise. The beer had a slightly silky texture and a nice flavor of chocolate. It was very slightly dry and a light amount of dark chocolate bitterness in the middle. The finish becomes very smooth with a nice mellow dark chocolate flavor and nice sweetness with just a hint of driness.
williamstome (1709) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with small brown head. Flavor and aroma are chocolate, with some coffee in the flavor. Creamy palate.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is inky black with a no head to speak off. Aroma is lightly bitter chocolate, cream, oat. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, scarily drinkable. Flavor is bakers chocolate, cream, oatmeal. Not at all thin, very full, very drinkable. 3 pints went down very fast. Damn good
Bricks (992) - Delaware, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is top notch. Nice dark pour with a tan head. Smell is pretty good, can sense the roasted malt and lactose. Mouthfeel is a little too carbonated, but creamy. The drink was a little harsher than I thought it’d be, expected more smoothness. Still good though.
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of zdk9) opaque dark brown, ring of tan bubbles. Nose of milk, raisin, sweet chocolate, and mushroom oddly enough. Taste of fudge, chocolate malt, cocoa, sweet chocolate syrup, cola, light carbonation and nice duration.
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a thick foamy light brown head that sticks around. Aroma is roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate. Smooth and smoky with a light sweetness. Nice roasty smoky finish along with a faint bitterness. Pretty solid but could have used a touch more sweetness.
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black in color with a decent lasting tan head. Coffee and light roasted barley aroma. Great smooth mouthfeel. Definite notes of Coffee, chocolate, and a light roasted barley coming through. Not a dry finish and definitely not a sweet stout. I was expecting something a bit lighter but was presented with a great well balanced stout. Perfect for a cold winter night and would pair great with a bowl of chili/stew or some chocolate!
nj_BierMaven (123) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Six pack from Central in Flemington NJ. Was the last six in the store, as there was a beer-tasting going on, and though they weren’t pouring this one the brewmaster was recommending this as his current best effort. Pours a deep brown-to-black, tight head, leaves a nice coating on the glass. Toasty oats, slight smokiness, chocolate and coffee hints, just the right balance on the mouthfeel, not too heavy but by no means light. Impressive effort.