bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of zdk9) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, lactose, oatmeal, and caramel. Flavor of chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, and lactose with a dry finish.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Small tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some coffee, oat. Taste is moderately sweet, lactose, coffee, milk chocolate, roast, light oatmeal, faint earthy, cinnamon. Light-medium body, light acidity but fairly smooth. It doesn’t stand out compared to others in the style, but it’s still tasty.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Date: March 06, 2010
Appearance: black, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma, touch of roasted
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of roasted, dark caramel sweetness brings out a milk chocolate character
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Score: ** /4
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle-pours a foamy to rich dissipating brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/anise, ashy, lactic, secondary sharp/acidic hops. Taste is rich dark malt-chocolate/cocoa, ashy, lactic, secondary sharp/acidic hops. Good carbonation. Closer to a dark porter with the amount of hops. Not quite to my taste but nice. Thanks jwc215 for picking this out.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pitch black ale with a small, frothy, beige head. Good retention. The luxuriant, sweet aroma presents chocolate, nuts and lots of vanilla. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. The flavor is roasty and fairly sweet and imparts shades of chocolate, nuts and coffee. Finishes crisp and mildly sweet. Kudos to scraff for floating a bottle of this beer my way!
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with brown edges and virtually no head at all. What head was there was off white. Aromas of chocolate, some oatmeal, roast, and some lactose. Tastes of oats, caramel, chocolate, light coffee. and roast. Thin and somewhat flat body.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black with a very thick creamy sticky tan head. The nose has a fresh oaty quality with a lot of cocoa, milk chocolate, malted milk and light roast. There is a touch of bright blackberry/cherry fruitiness and even a bit of sweet date character. Warming brings up a pronounced roastiness on the back. A kiss of light astringency but it works well with an oaty silkiness. Rich and silken palate. A light touch of herbal flavour on the back. Pretty solid stout.
Sammy (7708) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 On tap at The Ginger Man, Starts out with moldy taste and then overtaken by big coffee. Wierd and not too drinkable
BMan1113VR (7689) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a pitch black hue and a lasting tan head with good staying power and lace. Aromas are leathery, roasty, toasty, cereal grain and chocolate. Flavors are a touch smokey, leather, chocolate, light roast and toffee. Slightly livelier carbonation than expected. Fuller body, with lasting malty flavors.
DocLock (7182) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Onyx pour w 3f tan head. Nose is dark choc, molasses, dark cereally malt, and a dry, oaty, somewhat lactic, oaty, and creamy flavor, but rather light on the palate and not terribly complex. Despite those minor faults, this is one of the best River Horse brews I have yet quaffed.