flatmatt (984) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma gives a large whiff of chocolate and roastiness at first, but recedes leaving strawberry and vanilla. In the flavor, the strawberry is rather strong, but tends to come across as somewhat artificial. Chocolate in there as well, with a presence of vanilla. Itís okay, but I canít say I really like it that much.
Alextricity (375) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled 11/06/13 and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. $2.69 single purchased at Fairway Sav-Mor in Eastpointe, Michigan.
Appearance: Almost pitch black with a slight ruby tint. Seems to have excellent clarity (until youíre close to finishing your beer and notice yeast stuck to the bottom of the glass.) Tiny sand colored head floats on top and dissipates rather quickly, despite an aggressive pour. Not much lacing.
Smell: Iíll be damned... smells like Neapolitan ice cream. Vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. The chocolate covered strawberry aroma is almost intoxicating. The vanilla is more in the background, but hey, itís vanilla... itís a pretty subtle thing. Quite sweet on the nose, as Iíd anticipate. Smells a lot like that Neapolitan astronaut ice cream, naturally.
Taste/feel: First sip was the best sip, without a doubt -- tastes like I hoped it would... a good stout with all the flavors of Neapolitan ice cream thrown in. A sort of tangy sweetness on the front (probably from the strawberry), with a chocolate Frosty sort of flavor in the middle, and a roasty finish. As sweet as this smells, itís really quite nicely balanced and itís never cloying. The beerís not syrupy thick, and the mildly prickly carbonation makes this incredibly drinkable. Saugatuckís beers seem to widely be regarding as mediocre, but this is the standout among many... and I can see why. It tastes as advertised, and does a great job doing it. Like I said, the first sip is the best, but itís still damn good the rest of the way down.
I could easily drink a decent number of these in succession and not get bored (from a lack of depth of flavor) or queasy (from too much alcohol, or syrupy sweet consistency). I nitro version of this beer may be too much for me to handle in terms of ridiculous awesomeness.
If you see this beer, absolutely buy the hell out of it. This isnít just a sort of novelty beer -- itís a well-crafted one that any adventurous craft beer fan needs to try out. I especially recommend this brew if you like the taste of desserts, but donít so much care for the excessive sweetness they provide -- Neapolitan Stout has an excellent balance thatís sure to please... it truthfully offers everything it advertises, and MORE.
alliance100 (91) - Comstock Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle/draft/nitro draft - pours black with creamy off white head . Strong strawberry and chocolate aromas . Nitro is the best option if you can get it. Perfect desert beer. The 3 Neapolitan flavors are much more pronounced in the nitro version. Way too easy to drink .
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JJZ (3) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on a nitro tap and loved it. It had a nice heavy mouthfeel and plenty of flavor. The sweetness eventually wins, with just a hint of strawberry lingering to earn its name. Iíd definitely get this again.
CanIHave4Beers (2768) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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Pretty much black, good head & lace.
Aroma is pretty much chocolate & strawed berry, pretty chitl.
Flavor is mildly sweet with a bunch of bitter chocolate offered. «hÔłł strawberry, lo-vanilla.
RobertDale (2614) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Al! Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, malt, vanilla, caramel, and some strawberry. Lives up to the name.
Cavrecon22 (2) - Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Medium body. Aromas of Neapolitan ice cream are present. Caramel notes present as well.
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tmongoose (933) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle shared pours dark brown with minimal off white head. Aroma is dark malt and chocolate predominately. The flavor is very well concocted. You get the chocolate up front then the vanilla and on the backend you get the subtle ness off the strawberry. Very tasty and enjoyable.
jjgmd (1051) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark black color with a small head . Nose is a sweet chocolate, vanilla and strawberry as the name suggests. Taste is fruity, sweet with a complex of the three flavors. Finish is sweet, moderate lingering and ends on the three Neapolitan flavors, especially the strawberry. An interesting stout. Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1017) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a brown head and sweet aroma of chocolate and strawberry. Taste is sweet, of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, and fruity strawberry leading to bitter finish where the strawberry really comes out. Enjoyable stout, very drinkable
wedgie9 (1664) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 7/1/13 from a capped 12oz bottle sent to me in the Easter Bunny BIF. Pours completely opaque dark brown, nearly black, with an average tan head that leaves average lace, along with tons of clinging to the glass. The nose is sweet with strawberry syrup, plenty of milk chocolate, and a nice vanilla aroma. The flavor is the same as the nose, but all of the flavors are on the dry side, with a nice dose of bitter dark chocolate. The body is full and creamy with average, but very smooth carbonation, and a long dry strawberry and bitter dark chocolate finish. This is very pleasant.