BMan1113VR (7377) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Pours with a near black, deep brown hue with a milky, nitro, lightly tan head. Aromas are masked a bit by the nitro. Nutty, biscuity, malty, coffee, light fruit, grainy, a touch of caramel and smoke. Flavors are milky, watery, dry, medium roast, bready, low bitterness with some caramel. Nitro mouthfeel, milky, low carbonation, creamy. Medium dry finish.
JohnnyJ (3531) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark brownish pour, large tan head. Lightly roasted malt, earth, toasty, and some hops. A decent nitrogen stout, but not spectacular.
Drake (6488) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served on nitro at Capital Alehouse Downtown. Pours a clear dark ruby color with a large creamy white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and earthy notes. The taste is tart malts, chocolate and bitter hops. Medium bodied.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is Sierra Nevada’s Guinness clone. It pours like Guinness... deep, dark, reverse cascading head. It is a beautiful beer to behold. It was brewed for a Celtic festival in Nevada County, CA. Keg only.
The aroma is of fruity, tropical chocolate and light coffee, with some sweet caramel malts. Flavor is pretty much the same - complex roasted coffee flavors, chocolate, tropical fruits and roasted malts. This beer coats your mouth and forces you to take in the whole bouquet of flavors.
This is a well executed nitrogen stout. I’d take it over Guinness any day. Two bad only two places on the planet have it on tap. One is the brewery itself, the other is Matteo’s Public in Nevada City, CA. And Matteo’s only has a keg left. Go get it! I don’t think they’ll ever make it again.