ClarkVV (5250) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 20, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 bottle from City Market in Burlington. Pour reveals a clear blackish brown, with no red tinges that I can make out. Head is moderate, and dark tan, but seems to recede fairly readily, leaving little lacing. Aroma is not terribly expressive, mostly roast, bitter dark chocolate, but what it does have is strength. This is one of the few dry stouts where the aroma is actually notable when the bottle is open. I didnt have to bury my nose in the snifter to get this one. Flavor - Wow, that’s dry. The light roast and bits of lactose and caramel from the nose don’t prepare me for the amount of attenuation on it. Not watery though, and a moderate carbonation. Bit of a prickly mouthfeel, all told, the dry roast not really helping. Moderate acidity, but somehow, my palate gets used to the dryness and there is some sweet malt as it warms. Finishes with lots of roast, notes of coal and tobacco, chocolate graham crackers. Hops apparency is very low. Medium body.
dmac (5233) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits Toms River. Poured a medium density pitch black body underneath a large bubbly light beige head. Aroma of lactose, dry dark chocolate, dark toast. The body is loaded with srong carbonation over a medium body that finishes with a quick burst of bitterness pushed through with more carbonation. Flavor is lactose, burnt notes, lightly burnt toast, tonic water. Body and flavor could use a bump but still not bad for the money.
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasted malts figure prominently in the aroma with some mild smokiness. Opaque brown with small brown head that diminishes to thin ring. Roasty bitterness and sweet malts contrast nicely. Lasting roastiness in the aftertaste after a short flavour profile. Fairly simple. Medium body but somewhat unexciting. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, Lubiere, MartinT, Rastacouere and SimonB.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Black, thick tar, unending dark heavy head. Powerful roasty nose isn't exactly unique or exciting, but quite nice. Smooth, fairly heavy mouthfeel, a nice quiet bitterness from beginning to end, dark chocolate gradually enters the espresso-powered body as the tongue lingers... a truly excellent example of the style, nothing new mind you but does everything basically right. Rock Art's best as of now I'd say.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black body with a very small light brown head that quickly fully diminishes. Coffee and dark roasted malt aroma. Sweet coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and some molassas in the flavor with a dry bitter end.
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black color with no head. Aroma of biscuity , roasted and smoked malt. Flavor of biscuity malt, roasted malt, fruits and smoked malt. Bitter finish. Light to medium body, slightly syrupy texture.
Beerdedone (3170) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a ultra small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and notes of chocolate. Flavor is dark roasted malts, coffee, light chocolate and a hint of molasses. medium body with a dry finish.
GregClow (3078) - 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!
GonZoBeeR (3042) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma:torefaction and cofee
Appearance:Black with a big brown head.
Flavor:big taste of roasted malt,Small cofee taste.
pineypower (2980) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Spirits Lacey. Pours out a well carbonated, almost blackcolor with a small, close to white head. Aroma is of light roast, some chocolate, and light bitterness. Taste is light roast, a good amount of baker’s chocolate, light sweetness and some lingering bitterness on the finish with a note of some dry chocolate cake. Overall not bad, but the body is lacking.