raisedfist86 (12) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
You can smell the smokiness right away, but the big story with this beer is taste. A substantial feeling beer, it’s thick maltiness is undercut with a noticeable dose of hops. As it warms up it only gets tastier. A true winter beer and one I’ve underestimated in the past.
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.
nimbleprop (5576) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep, oily black with a creamy, lacing eggshell colored head. Looks appetizing. Nose is all malt, heavy roasted malt aroma with a hint of candy. Smells simple but inviting and mouth watering. Flavor is all roasted malt and nuts, heavy coffee finish with a velvet and chocolate texture. Very solid, but a little too simple.
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured clear deep brown, leaving a frothy ring of tan head at the edges. The aroma picked up dry-roasted semi-sweet chocolates with pine needle hoppage around.. quite a lot of green hop impression, and I must say I enjoyed it. The flavor had dry cocoa and slightly darker chocolates at the core with coffee and pine bitterness surrounding.. finished piney with a chocolate impression.. very tasty. Light-medium bodied with plenty of bitterness and a dry impression on the palate.. well-composed, and one of the best dry stouts I’ve tried.
jimhilt (2457) - 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.
after4ever (6574) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Thanks, 46er3498! Pours jet black--opaque--with a thick moussy brown head that falls to film before you can even sit down and try a sip. Big fat-ass chocolatey nose that really takes command. Nice velvety attack; thick body with soft, caressing carb and sweet flavors mingling with a nice dry roastiness. Just a whisper of toasty bitterness on the finish. This is really nice, subtle stuff. Fairly complex and rewarding despite an overall mildness and subdued nature. This’d be a good one to seek out again.
GregClow (2961) - 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!
smcolw (567) - 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.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours a pitch black color with a pillowy cream colored head. very inviting aromas of dark roasted malts and chocolate. fair amount of carbonation but it works well with the beer. taste is chocolate roastiness with a semi bitter and dry finish. very refreshing beer.
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.