Cybercat (2772) - Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Comes out of the tap a rich, warm sable - while it is pouring, it is seriously bubbly and fizzy, a lot like Guinness. The end result is a mouth-watering crater of warm sable-brown with a thick, fine-bubbled, pale creamy-tan head that hangs around for quite a while. Smoky aroma has subtle notes of licorice, molasses and roast coffee. Creamy flavor has notes of caramel, roast quality coffee and molasses with hints of licorice and semi-sweet chocolate. Texture is smooth as a baby’s butt; body is not the best, but the fine fizz adds life. As good as Guinness? Better? I leave it up to you, Gentle Reader - er, Drinker.
rmussman (1584) - California, USA - JUL 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled over the weekend at the Rogue Ale House. A super beer. Talk about appearance and palate to the max. So smooth and as close to a guiness appearance as I have seen in a long time. Smooth roasted flavors were another fantastic part.
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.
Gription79 (2001) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on draft at the brewery. Roasted malts, caramel, coffee, silky, creamy, light bodied. I could easily drink pints.
joeneugs (2576) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a dark brown color with a thick nitro like khaki colored head. The aroma is roasted malt, cocoa and pretty dry… the flavor is more of the same with some pronounced herbal, earthy hops. Similar to a Guinness or Murphy’s but with more hops near the finish. Really nice and quaffable.
yespr (28627) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From tap at Blind Lady. Pours pitch black with a small, off white and creamy head. Aroma is roasted dark malty and light breadish. Smooth mouthfeel. Light bitter and dark malty. Bitter and dry roasted malty finish.
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewpub on 3/23. Pours dark with orange around the edges. Typical nitro creamy cascading bubbles/beige head. Med minus body. Mild chocolate flavor. Mild toasted malt. IBU=24, but it doesn’t seem bitter. Just finishes dry and smooth.
Zymurgeist2 (738) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewery/restaurant. Black with a brown head. Very creamy with pronounced roastiness and semi-dry finish. Aroma of roast, chocolate.
brokensail (9130) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Torpedo Room. Black pour with a big khaki head. Roast, earth, and coffee on the nose. Mild cream, some cocoa, and toasted nuts. Pretty mild flavor. A touch of bitterness and some sweet malt. Nice cocoa, roast, and coffee grounds. Just a bit of nuts and earthy hops on the palate, too.
saxo (12773) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ the brewery. Nice creamy nitro head with superb duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, caramel and hops.