AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
On tap @ the brewery. The smooth aroma was the highlight. It came cold and tasted like smoke. I waited 10 minutes, tried it again, and it tasted more strongly of smoke. I must have had a bad day, or just had too high of expectations, because I liked very few of the beers they had on tap this day, and I tried them all, but very few of their high rated beers were available. Disappointing.....
ABUSEDGOAT (2318) - California, USA - AUG 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nitro tap: nearly black with great retention and lacing. Aroma is rich coffee with roast, chocolate, caramel, etc etc. Medium to light body. Well made, but not that interesting. I don’t like nitro taps.
after4ever (6055) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a nice grainy black with the traditional slab of wet cement across the top thanks to a nitro pour. Not too much aroma, a little bit of sweet chocolate malt on top of some nutty grain. A little tiny bit of carb makes it through the nitro, which is lovely. Nice chocolate and grain (biscuity, in a nice way) on the mid-palate, no chalk or ash. The nitro doesn’t completely kill the flavor, which makes this one a standout among nitros I’ve tried.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Russian River. Dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy tan head. Chocolate and roasty aroma. Creamy palate. Chocolate, coffee, and creamy taste.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Russian River in mid-June 2007 (nitro). Dark brown with ruby edges and a light brown head. Very nice, pronounced roasty, chocolately nose. Flavor has notes of roasted malt, mocha/chocolate and light caramel - tasty. The only thing I didn’t particularly enjoy was the body; it was on thin side with very light carbonation.
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught (nitro), Russian River.
Head is fully lasting.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, cocoa), with notes of minerals and chalk.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
Good for being nitro, which typically sucks all life from a beer. Good flavor balance.
Odeed (1775) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(on nitro @ the brewery)black body with a creamy head.very smooth creamy body with hints of roasted malts,chocolate,and coffee.alot like Guinness but much better.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 20, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery; nitrogenated. Pours a dark creamy, blackish brown color with a thin layer of nitrogenated beige head. Aroma is a clean, smooth, subdued amalgam of arabian mocha coffee, toasted almonds, and frothy cream. It smells inviting, but restrained by the shackles of collapsing nitrogen. I’ll just go ahead and skip the description of the mouthfeel, simply because while not disappointing, N2 is the only fitting descriptor for that experience. The light, yet complex, flavor profile is astounding. Dark belgian chocolate, earthy sumatran coffee, and toasted pine nuts flood the tongue with an amazing amount of flavor for the inexpensive price of ABV. Roasty, nutty, malty, yet light and easy drinking; pairs excellent with the smoked salmon foccacia on the menu, especially considering the lightness of the body makes it refreshing as well. The black board lists this as having 46 IBU’s, which I expected to be overwhelming for a beer of this magnitude, but it’s quite the contrary. Supplementary is a much better word - the bitterness of the hops carries a rich minty, earthy flavor on the backend that disguises itself perfectly in between the roasty bitterness of the malts, leaving behind a non-herbal smack of palate cleansing, dry stout goodness. Excellent.
Ratman197 (9436) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Russian River poured a cloudy brownish black with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of roastiness, coffee and bitter chocolate. Palate was light bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee and bitter chocolate with a smooth lingering roasty bitter finish.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewery. beer is nearly opaque, very dark brown with a large, beige, nitro-fueled, lasting, creamy, clingy head.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, milk chocolate, coffee, trace note of molasses; Light yeast note of basement.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter, trace acidic with a longish, lightly sweet, trace bitter finish. Milky roasty retros.<P>The body is full, the texture is creamy and the carbonation is lively-soft.