Westmeister (1732) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark black pour just a slight ring of head. Aroma is sweet syrupy chocolate and well there is a cola component and a touch of dark ripe fruits. Taste is sweet malts, hint of smoke, caramel and chocolate. I actually quite liked the complexity that was in there for only 5%
LinusStick (2842) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Probably one of the better beers Rust Belt makes. Aroma was very nice. Rich milk chocolate fills the nose and doesn’t let anything else in. Very sweet and chocolatey. Pour was nice deep rich brown/near black with a thin tan film for a head. Taste did not live up to the aroma. The chocolate flavor leaves as quick as it came and you’re left with a mouth full of water. A slight lingering chocolate flavor stays behind, but all in all very watery and weak. Would like some fuller flavor. Not terrible, but nothing to get excited about
MarkSachon (578) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bomber bottle purchased at The BeerHive in Pittsburgh and shared with a group of friends over a few games of Ultimate Werewolf. Pours nicely with a black opaque coloration hinting that you’re about to drink something heavy, hence the disappointment to discover that there is nothing unique or sensational about this stout. So, don’t be fooled by a big fancy bottle into thinking this is anything other than an average stout.
nuplastikk (4334) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 22oz bottle split with Anndiesel. Opaque brown-black, respectable beige head. Mellow, roasty, chocolate coffee aroma, a touch or sour cherry. A little overcarbonated and a pinch sour, Id assume slight infection. If you can forgive that, this is a pretty decent beer, just leaning toward the sour. I actually like this flavor profile, think New Glarus Unplugged Old Porter. This one isn’t going to score as high because it is clearly an error, and the taste will probably devolve rather than mellow like the NG. Admittedly this is probably a different creature on tap, but my rate sort of reflects the crappy beer they put on the market.
superspak (2559) - Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle, no bottle date. Pours almost opaque dark brown color with a small 1 finger light tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some light lacing clings to the side of the glass as well. Aromas of roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate, light espresso, light spiciness, cola, and some sort of metallic off flavor or something. Ok aromas, but they got much more subdued after the initial pour. Taste turns out better: caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, molasses, and spicy hops. Some decent bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, and spicy hops for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks quite easily. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall: even though the aromas were off, the taste turned out better; and this is quite an enjoyable stout for being 5%.
Drake (8339) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber from Belmont Party Supply. Pours very dark brown with a large brown creamy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, some toastiness and a faint hop finish. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, a chalky note, faint fruits and a nutty note. Thin-medium bodied.
dchmela (2633) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to my Secret Santa for this. Pours black with a thick tan head. Nice chocolate, toffee aroma. Taste is smooth with touches of caramel, chocolate and some roasted grain. Decent stout.
BBB63 (6016) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber bottle and served in Bells snifter: Nearly opaque deep brown with an initial huge over carbonated head that does fade, almost no lace despite the initial rocky head. The aroma has notes of walnut, chocolate, roast, char, raisin, oxidization, herbal hops, earthy and leathery. The taste is roasty and toasty with some chocolate and coffee notes, herbal bitterness. Earthy yeast and cardboardy. The mouth feel is light and fizzy, ashy and earthy. Overall, an average stout at best but lacks depth and is uninteresting. Still it is at least far better than the IPA I had from this brewery earlier. It is like homebrew 101.
Moooooser (31) - Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
A relatively cheap ($5 / 22oz) beer that looks awesome. Too bad the taste doesn’t follow. The Aroma is weak, and the taste is far far from what a stout should be. (I’m all for experimenting, and try some crazy things when I’m home-brewing, but this tasted like someone put the tartness of Sweet Tarts into an ale.) One of very very few beers I haven’t finished. In the words of Maddox (Google "I am better than your kid"), "F"
Butters (3746) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Jet black pour, but no real traces of head. Bottle didn’t even hiss when it was opened. Very dry cocoa flavor. Flat. Bummer. I had high hopes for the namesake...