matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Mjames for sending me this Winter Stout!
Pours a body that is mostly black but edges of crimson.. the kaki head is fluffy and resilient. Has a nice chocolate malt aroma.. some lactic notes along with coffee and toffee. The flavor brings the big suggestions of cold coffee. Toasty… with some nutty-ness and burned woods… maybe a note of dates and figs there in the finish. The palate is pretty weak… far too thin for a stout.. but it’s certainly drinkable!
sloth (2483) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium sized light brown head, decent retention and lace. Main body is black with red highlights at the edges. Faint roast and coffee nose. Med/full body. Medium sweet malt flavors, good roast, hints of fruit and black malt also. Medium sweet finish.
PrinceofNessus (236) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 24, 2004
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown in color. The head is brown. The smell should be roasted, but comes across kinda rotten. The flavor is tangy, and makes me cringe. Coffee.
3fourths (8017) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 29, 2004
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black and bubbly like cola, nose of metal, compost, old milk, and antifreeze. Seriously, the aroma is just screaming at me not to drink this stuff. The flavor isn't as bad, some old coffee with a pleasant finish.
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 11, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Just not my stout of preference. Not finding it creamy. Full bodied, maybe. And it just seems lacking direction - not too chocolatey, not too roasty, not too hoppy. And not that any stout NEEDS to be TOO much of anything, but it just is kinda there, but NOT there at the same time.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured a translucent black with a mustard-yellow head. Pretty bad, in that the finish was just too abrasive - enough so to ruin the beer.
brownaler (378) - Topsail Beach, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A good beer, but I expect more from a stout. The finish is very astringent.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich dark brown with a thin tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma with a hint of milk chocolate. Body starts sugary sweet, goes through a carmely transition, and finishes with a warming, robust roasted coffee presence. I don't see what the problem with this is. It's a very drinkable and smooth beer that has a nice flavor to it.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not my favorite from Arnold. The fault in this stout is that its too easy to drink. Its like the "Lawnmower" of stouts. Stout in Houston is about as useful as a snow shovel. Key word here: subtle. Subtle chocolate, coffee and roasty flavor.
Billyaustin (28) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A little bland and sour. nothing jumps out right away, it smells like old wet leaves in a mulch pile. A good attempt nun the less.