grikmok (132) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - MAR 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a tulip. Dark body with a yellowish head. Heavy on the mollases and malts. Lots of coffee taste. Not a bad dessert beer. A little bit surprised in the the sweetness in an Irish stout though.
wphilips (11) - Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
chocolate, coffee, basement aromas, brown, black, clear, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, slick feel, soft carbonation, long finish, slighly bitter
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown/black, off white head. Aroma has notes of roast, some pine, and nice hints of chocolate and coffee. Bit thin on the palate, but has nice roasted, chocolate, and coffee notes, some bread and a slightly piny bitter finish. Pretty good.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2012 New Rating on 1/26/12
12 oz bottle that I actually had sitting around from last year. Pours just a shad under black. I can still see some reddish hues along the edges. A bubbly tan one finger head rests atop that dissipates to a small ring.
Aroma is roasted and earthy malts. And even a dried fruit sweetness. Last year I noted that there was an unpleasant worcestershire sauce smell. Iím not getting that this time.
Getting some sweet chocolatey malt flavors. A hint of underlying fruitiness. Roasted and ever so slightly smoked malts. This beer aged well. Iím enjoying it a lot more than I did previously. Itís a bit more complex.
This beer is full bodied and drinks exceptionally smooth. This time around I think itís a bit more sweet than the roasty flavor this style should have. However, Iím enjoying it much better this second time around.
Initial rating: 1/28/11 Total score: 3.1
Pours a deep black. Has a weird worcestershire sauce aroma that I donít care for. with roasted malts. and smokiness. Flavor is better than the smell. Bitter coffee flavors come through, roasty caramel malts. slight hop bitterness. Medium body with a short finish. Very smooth and creamy though. I was told "this is what Guinness would taste like if Guiness was good." Itís not bad but I think it was overhyped.
jandd1983 (3791) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bottle. A good example of an extra stout. Taste is slightly dry and smoky, with a roasted malt, creamy finish. A nice malty sweetness with a slight sourness in the aroma. Good beer.
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer was very dark and hard for me to get through. I had it out of a bottle and want to try it on tap. I am sure i would enjoy it much more.
TheBeerGod (5995) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Black bodied with a sturdy, frothy brown head. Aroma is ashes, roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is bitter coffee, roasted malt, dark, bittersweet chocolate, ashy wood, and burnt caramel. Body is medium-full with a creamy, but lively, carbonation. Finishes with more ashy/smoky notes, bitter coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt.
obguthr (5585) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No aroma. Garnet brown, medium tan head. Dried red fruits, slightly tart. Apple core and stems in the end. Nice rustic character, but rather thin for a stout.
Travlr (21190) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Churchkey. Very dark maroon, brown head. Nicely dry stout with hints of cocoa powder. Exactly on style.
argo0 (13069) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Cola-black body topped by small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, cocoa, some vanilla, light burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, bittersweet chocolate, some vanilla, light burnt. Medium body, light stickiness.