chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber bottle picked up somewhere in Boston - can’t remember where. Nearly opaque, dark brown colour with a tan head. Burnt, burnt and more burnt. Roast malt and coffee bean aroma. Dry, bitter and roasty on the palate. Chicory coffee/coffee grounds and powdery cocoa. Ooh yes, it is very dry, with a lingering bitterness. Overall, decent enough but a little harsh and short on finesse.
oteyj (2124) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared with the fam. Black pour with brownish tints around the edge of the glass when held up to the light. The head is khaki and frothy in nature, and dissipates into a veneer. The lacing is spot like and prevalent. The aroma is predominantly coffee and chocolate with some lactic creaminess and savory caramel. Quite nice, actually. The flavor is sweet, but demonstrated much more roasted barley than the aroma would suggest. Bitter bakers chocolate, espresso, cream, and caramel are most noticeable, though a noticeable balancing hop presence also makes itself known. Palate is medium bodied for the style, with a smooth caressing mouthfeel, low effervescence, and a chalk like roast oriented finish. Yummy for sure.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Small tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some coffee/roast, syrup, light earthy. Taste is medium sweet, roast/coffee, some earthy, light bittersweet chocolate. Light-medium body, light stickiness. I wonder if this is just a plain old stout -- it seems too sweet to be considered a dry stout.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a brown body with a tan head. Big malty body with an astringent metallic like note, not particularly surprised either. Some light chocolate malts, caramel, hints of coco and roasted coffee. Thin and bittersweet, if not for the infection? this would have been nice it seems.
smcolw (426) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice three-finger head. Light beige and modest dome. Dark brown colored liquor where no light can shine through. Leaves ring lace after each sip.
Sweet chocolate and oatmeal aroma. Slight chalkiness. Very mild black patent malt in the background.
"Darker" flavor than the smell lets on. More burnt toast and slight coffee-ish tastes. Relatively thin body for the style. Great aftertaste of hop and burnt barley--very dry.
jimhilt (2339) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a three finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Black color no highlights. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee nose. Flavor is roasted to burnt coffee with a lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
GregClow (2795) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with blankboy, HogTownHarry & garthicus - HogTownHarry’s bottle. Deep brown, tan head. Aroma of roast & smoke & dry cocoa. Medium bodied. Flavour of charred malt, roasted hazelnuts, coffee and dry cocoa, with hops building nicely in the finish. Very nice!
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice roasty malt aroma, with chocolate and some smokiness. Black body, large dense tan head. Flavor is roasty and pleasingly bitter. Lengthy dry and bitter finish. Excellent, if you enjoy a roasty bitter presentation.
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 10, 2009
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Extremely astringent flavor to the point where I had to dump this as the astringency overwhelmed everything else.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2010 In short: A boring almost watery stout with no complexity
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed relatively fresh some 4 months after purchase
The look: Black body topped by a very small tan head
In long: Nose is very roasted with hints of cacao and maybe even some barrel notes even though the beer is not barrel aged. Body and taste are a big letdown. The body it very light, foamy and airy. Taste is dark malts and some vanilla. No complexity, no coffee notes, no fruity notes, almost no chocolate, nothing, just dark malts, vanilla and burnt toasts-like roastiness. Watery finish. Felt tired, old and boring, Granny Stout.