Cybercat (2451) - 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.
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.
bhensonb (8985) - 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.
yespr (25932) - 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.
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.
saxo (11216) - 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.
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.
badlizard (5156) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Clear dark brown with a creamy white head. Roasted barley aroma and taste with a dry coffee finish and a thin palate.
JohnnyJ (3530) - 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.
anders37 (12708) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Beer Revolution, Oakland, CA. Pours a dark brown color with a creamy off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma. Roasted malty caramel bready flavor. Has a roasted malty caramel bready finish.