holdenn (2063) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Shorts in a sampler glass. Pours dark black with a beige head. Nose of chocolate and some banana. Chocolate, brown sugar, banana, wheat and a touch of spice in the flavors. Bittersweet finish. With the wheat, I was not thinking this was going to be classified as a stout. Tasty though.
jeffwilliams11 (310) - hooterville, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at hopcats shorts dinner.
pour is very deep brown with red hints, and a nice off brown head. flavor is quite chocolatey, with a little bit of coffee in the back. only let down is that it is a little bit thin for my stout tastes.
hombrepalo (1716) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at Hopcat’s. This one was quite impressive, I liked it. dark brown/black body with small dark brown head...aroma of charred mlats, bitter chocolate, and a light coffee finish...flavor is of heavily roasted chocolate, coffee, dough, and walnut...great, creamy mouthfeel.
kieleszd (83) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 22, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smores, anyone? This dark roasted malt matched with a tan head spells dessert. Full of flavor and works the palate. A great choice for the end of the night.
jcr (2101) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Shorts. Dark brown, approaching black body with a tan head. Coffee and chocolate aroma with a hint of grain and notes of caramel and roasted/burnt malts. The flavor is moderately bitter and lightly sweet. Moderately acidic. Finish is dry, bitter and somewhat metallic. Medium to full body, watery turning to sticky texture. Moderate carbonation. Tastes of espresso with a hint of chocolate. Enjoyable.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at HopCat. pours black with beige head. aroma of banana, chocolate. flavor of banana, chocolate, wheaty with slight roast. like chocolate banana bread. not too sweet. dag this was good.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at HopCat and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a dark brown with a one-finger thick head of lasting tan foam. Decent lace. The aroma of the beer was made up of toasted wheat, dark fruits, mild caramel, and some milk chocolate. The flavor included sweet dark fruits, toast, and chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and velvety smooth. Moderate carbonation. Really unique for a dark beer.
sleestak (226) - Williamston, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Shorts. When is a stout not a stout? Pours black with a thin tan head. Big aroma of burnt chocolate with a faint hint of hops. Taste is bittersweet chocolate with a super dry finish comparable to that of a wheat ale. Mouthfeel was too watery for a stout profile and too under-carbonated for any of the other styles under which it can be classified. An enjoyable, but somewhat confusing brew.
heemer77 (5061) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 6, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another miss classified Shorts brew. This was like a nice big hefe with some of the chocolate malt, but was far from a stout. The body was black with a khaki colored head. The aroma was chocolate bananas with some walnuts. The taste was milk chocolate with some bananas. Another beer form Shorts that made me wonder why more commercial brewers arenít trying things like this one. This obviously has some homebrew roots.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at hop cat. Best beer of the outing. Dark brown oily feel, chocolate. Slight bittered finish. decent.