obguthr (4597) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2015
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Molasses and coffee nose, moderate strength. Ruby black, thick tan head, nice lacing. Suprisingly dry and chalky. Creosote, charcoal. Light body, moderate carbonation. Bone dry, like colored, bitter seltzer. Maybe it’s just too old.
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 13, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a deep black with a huge foamy head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, spicy esters, Belgian yeast character...yeah I’m not sure those characteristics are supposed to be there. Aroma reminds me of some Homebrew batches were sanitation wasn’t the primary focus. Maybe some hints of coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and those same estery notes I got in the nose. It’s not soured or totally off. But def has something going on here other than the primary yeast strain. Over carbonated too.
Holdwine (1128) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty average. Nice intentions, but way to gassy on the tongue. A bit thin as well.
Leafs93 (1883) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep dark brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipated. Aroma is roast coffee beans, dark chocolate and caramel. Taste is roast bitters with a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied with a smooth and slick mouth feel. Better then the reviews would lead one to believe. I did not pick up any of the supposed oatmeal as the coffee overpowered.
katrinaez (586) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Decent stout. Heavy flavor coats the tongue and mouth with a full feel. A small aftertaste that pulls it out of a great running. Bottle
alobar (3100) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours tar black with creamy tan head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Coffee flavor with roasted malt and some oats. Decent beer, but more porter than stout like.
BeerdedDave (816) - - NOV 20, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
black; coffee aroma; dry, bitter, coffee and roasted malt flavor; overall a decent beer, but not one that really stands out
guzzler67 (1563) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ebony appearance with a small, beige head and modest lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, pumpernickel bread and bittersweet chocolate. Earthy flavors follow the pattern of the aroma with roasted malts most prominent and only a faint hint of hops. Dry, bitter, medium bodied mouthfeel and a long lasting finish.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Looks kinda like a little coffee, and smells like it too. Zero head though. Drinks with respectable coffee stout characteristics, maybe a tad on the thin side, and while pretty good, doesn’t really stand out either. (#5829, 10/14/2014)
Darkmagus82 (2006) - - OCT 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a huge billowy head of cream colored foam. The head has an amazing level of retention, hanging on for a very long time and leaving tons of bubbly-foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is biggest of a slightly grainy roasted malt smell along with a rather decent showing of a roasted coffee smell. Along with these more roasted aromas come some notes of sweetness with some lighter chocolate and a bit of caramel there as well. Overall it smells of a lightly sweetened iced coffee.
Taste – The taste begins with a mainly roasted malt taste with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. The coffee is rather light upfront, and while it grows stronger in intensity as the flavor advances, it never really gets all that potent, instead it adds just a coffee backdrop flavor to the brew. While the coffee gets slightly bigger in intensity, the sweeter caramel lessens, all while the roasted and grainy flavors get slightly stronger, leaving one in the end, with a darker roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side of a stout (even one at 5 % abv.) with a carbonation level that is on the average side. While the carbonation was fitting for the mix of roasted malt and lighter abv, a thicker body would have really been more appropriate for the style, likely better highlighting the roast and coffee flavors.
Overall – Really nothing all that fantastic in this one in my opinion. A decently roasted and moderately to lightly coffee flavored stout of easy drinking stature. Certainly not bad, but nothing to go out of your way for.