hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle shared courtesy of egadjsisi. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, and some caramel. A little earthy and woody. Tastes of chocolate, oatmeal (less than the aromas), and a lighter coffee.
TomDecapolis (4570) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to gizegad. Pours a deep brown almost black with a medium bubbly tan head. Aroma of toasted malt, tobacco, oatmeal, nuts, caramel and coffee. Flavor of roasted malt, bitter coffee, caramel, nuts, toffee, chocolate, oats and tobacco.
halfonit (1192) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pure black color with a dark brown head. Aroma is mainly of roasted malts with some chocolate and oatmeal undertones. Taste is pretty much full bodied. It has some coffee flavors as well as a little bit of dark chocolate. Leaves a nice and silky feel in the mouth for the aftertaste.
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle courtesy of Coldbrewky. Thanks steve. Pours an opaque black color with a big foamy uneven tan head that has great retention and some lacing. The aroma is sweet with chocolate and coffee. The flavor is earthy with coffee, multilayer chocolates, mocha, biter walnuts and a bit of dirt. The mouthfeel is full and malty. The finish is long with lingering biter dark chocolate. Overall: This is a great sweet stout, it starts sweet and then finishes biter, very tasty.
MartinT (8236) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This pillowy Stout develops lightly roasted coffee notes and blueberry esters, finishing in leafy hop bitterness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brownish black.
-The flavor profile is not really memorable, but the mouthfeel is really appealing and the malts flavors well rendered.
-Roasted malts reappear in the finish as well.
-This was not served on nitrogen, which is appreciated.
On tap at the Portland location.
coldbrewky (1461) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JUL 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First beer on the points north bus trip extravaganza vacation. On tap at the brewpub in Portland. Pours black in the glass, with a big oily head that lasts and lasts and lasts. Full bodied and strong. A warped mirror reflection of Young’s Oatmeal Stout that differs in Sebagos more aggressive black patent bitterness and successive hop finish. thick quaff rings encircle the pint glass. I had two with dinner. A fine pint.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Opaque black color. No head, though tannish ring circles the glass. Roasted elements, malty, coffee beans, almonds, nutty. Soda-like in consistency, though watery and flat. Bland and weak past the aroma and a real disappointment. Don’t tease the drinker.
after4ever (6328) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Jet black. Medium caramel highlights. Slim gray rim up top. Huge coffee and booze nose with plenty of chocolate there as well. Light, slightly creamy body. Chocolate, coffee, plums, and booze on the mid-palate. Nice stuff; the flavor seems imperial but the body is more like a house stout. Get that booze under control and this might turn out to be something.
mcox90 (1605) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber served in my Smuttynose tulip. Pours black with with a huge angry tan head. Nose is all cocoa. Palate is smooth with a medium body. Flavor is cocoa with a malty base. Some flavor of molasses as well. Didn’t get any hop flavor that some other raters are mentioning.
thornecb (4596) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep black into a snifter. Fluffy mocha head pancakes and tophats as it slowly recedes. Chocolate and hop aromas. Sweet and sharp upfront with dark caramel, roasted oatmeal and chocolate. Lasting cocoa finish.