DavidWoodruff (387) - Windsor, California, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep dark brown with thick light brown head. Cocoa and coffee waft up immediately. Black roasted malt dominates the palate with just a faint amount of coffee in the end. Hop bitterness makes a good showing and is well balanced given the preponderance roasted malt character. What can I say, a stout stout.
lamf (23) - Baden-WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - APR 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with medium beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roastiness. Same in taste. Chocolate, coffee. Nice roasty and hoppy bitterness. Not so dry, but as American Stout itís definitely great beer.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled August 12th 2013 and poured a decade later on March 13th 2014. Into a shaker pint.
Appearance: Ruby black, but mostly black. Some yeast floating around the glass. Sand colored head dies down to a film that lingers. Nice lacing at the start. Looks porter-ish due to it not being pitch black, but whaaaatever. Looks nice.
Smell: Well, it IS an old bottle. A bit of roasted malt, and then some definite earthy hops. Doesnít throw chocolate or coffee at my nose, but again, itís 7 months old. Smells pleasant, but itís not very potent, unfortunately.
Taste/feel: Surprisingly light -- light carbonation with a thin-ish mouthfeel. Really drinks more like a porter than a stout. Thatís the first thing I notice. As for the flavor, itís like the smell in that I donít find it to be extremely flavorful, but good nonetheless. Light roasted malt with some chocolaty flavor there as well. This would be a bit on the sweeter side, but the earthy hops (that somehow still hold up after seven months) add a touch of hoppy bitterness that I donít tend to see in many stouts out there today. I tend to not love hops in my stouts, but the earthiness works very well in this beer.
Final thoughts? Basically, I need to try this one a bit fresher. This is still a very tasty stout, but the flavors on it seem quite subdued -- almost as if this is watered down/a porter. I will definitely need to revisit this when itís either on-tap or in a fresher, not-so-dusty bottle. At this moment, itís just a very solid stout, but not a great one.
bracame (5) - ITALY - APR 13, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, chocolate, coffee, black, tan foam, light sweetness, average carbonation, dry bitter finish, good beer!
hobsch (372) - Cologne, GERMANY - APR 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0.33l. Pours almost black with medium beige head. Aroma has chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, hints of licorice. Taste is medium to heavy bitter, light sweet, chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, licorice, slightly sour. Aftertaste is bitter, medium carbonation. Very good.
spacecube (658) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle, chocolate malt backbone with hints and flavour of coffee. Palate is rich, with piney hop leading to a balanced bitter finish. Lively carbnoation. Very good beer.
hawanna (1902) - GERMANY - MAR 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,35 l bottle BB 06. Sep 2014
chocolate, cereal, coffee, caramel, roasty, toast, earthy, citrus, herbs, woody, brown, hazy, rocky head, brown foam, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, medium body, oily feel, creamy, thick feel, average carbonation, bitter, long finish,
BOSSbrewer (1316) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark with a thin tan head. Some chocolate roast malt and slight coffee on the nose. Flavor is slightly bitter dark chocolate. Some roast. Fairly dry. Decent stout. Served a bit too cold.
cafgen (71) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Dark color with a creamy head. Smell is coffee, chocolate and caramel. Taste is the same with a nice bitterness. Similar to the porter one.
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jonsanborn (1) - South Dakota, USA - MAR 24, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served at 46F
Appearance: black, clear, minimal head, brown foam, reminds me of birch beer or a cola.
Taste: lightly bitter, medium sweetness,
Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish
Overall: I enjoyed this beer on the whole, but I would call it average. My first taste had a distinct flavor of birch beer, which I believe was induced by the appearance.
rumproasts (2588) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. black with small tan head. malty base with some dark chocolate. mild hops in the finish. pretty nice stout.