Braudog (5838) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, 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 (1731) - - 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.
N3lson1 (221) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drank from a mug poured from a twelve ounce bottle. Nice sweet aromas of roasted malts. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a brownish tan, thick head. A mediocre stout but still delicious.
DrinkinWell (274) - - OCT 4, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with frothy head. Hints of roasted malts and caramel. Bitterness far exceeds the sweetness from the malts. Some chocolate. Not great, not bad. A decent stout.
EithCubes (5013) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nose is strong chocolate, strong dark roast, very light burned notes, but smooth. Dark brown-black pour with light ruby under the bottom and a large, fluffy tan head. Taste is very dry and astringent, lightly airy, strong bitterness (IPA+ levels) which is a touch rubbery in the finish, but matches the acrid and burned coffee notes (almost smoky/boil-over at that point), fullish body is otherwise smooth and soft, low carbonation and a generally weak stout that’s dominated by the coffee and (presumably) too much black malt or roasted barley. Still calling them flawed, I nonetheless enjoy the scorched and charred notes in addition to the absence of balancing lactose or unattentuated sugar. Fun little morning coffee.
MadRobin (1999) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2014 On tap half pint at Gilly’s Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD.
Opaque, brown-black with a small, creamy tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and water.
Thin taste of chocolate, roasted coffee, light fruit and lightly roasted malt.
Thin body and medium carbonation.
I nice looking beer. Unfortunately, that makes it all the more disappointing. At least it’s a classic oxymoron--a thin stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JDBaker11058 (1316) - Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: near black, with one finger of dense, creamy light tan head; minimal lacing. Aroma: big nose of chocolate powder, chicory, cold-pressed coffee, some smoke. Taste: bittersweet dark chocolate, roasty coffee, hint of oreo cookie. Finish: slightly bitter, very roasty, hint of astringent minerality. Notes: Overall quite an appealing beer. Coffee is prominent but without the sometimes typical acidity. Chicory note was a pleasant surprise. On draft at Silver Spring, MD’s hidden gem Quench! Craft Beer.
gripweed57 (730) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle. Opaque black color. Small creamy beige head. Smoky roasted malt aroma. Notes of tobacco and charred wood. Dryish finish. Average at best.
Elwood (3311) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Despite pouring a nice black color with good looking light tan head, this one was a bit of a disappointment. Light roasted notes in the nose with a hint of nuttiness. Weak flavor wise with some watered down roasted malt, earth, and coffee notes. Thin body.
hershiser2 (1228) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$1.90 bottle, Wine Warehouse.
Pours very dark with an inch of beige head.
Smells of coffee and chocolate.
Tastes of heavy cold coffee, light chocolate. Iced coffee taste more than chocolate.