NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro at Rattle N Hum. Pours a standard deep black with a tan head. Nose is butterscotch and light roast. Diacetyl comes through, though light. Taste is much the same, on the sweeter side but a pleasant dose of bitterness from the roast helps balance it out. Not too shabby.
blipp (6615) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro. Pours near black with a creamy tan head. Some roasted malt in the aroma with solid caramel/molasses like sweetness. The flavor has muted roasted malt notes, coffee, and lighter notes of toffee.Pretty good. Kind of toes the line between a dry stout and a sweet stout.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 tap @ RnH - Very dark, foamy tan head and beautiful lacing. Chocolate and oatmeal arouma and bitter hops in the nose. Mouthfeel is semi-creamy. Overall, a delicious beer with a nice hop kick (without overdoing it).
update 12/05. I had the cask version of this at the RnH. It’s more or less the same but with less carbonation and no head. It was served in a "Stone" tumbler, but I forgive them.
Radek Kliber (6586) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Rattle N Hum
Appearance: charcoal brown with fine creamy tanned top (nitro used).
Nose: mild yet noted roasted malt aromas, slightly acidic , grainy with shirt feel of clean smoke
Flavor/Palate : Mid light bodied. Straight bitter roasty character on lighter bedding. Slightly earthy , organic at finish. Late roast bitterness. Not much of oatmeal character…dry stout.
CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
RnH: tap: Pours a dark mahagony, almost unable to see through. Nose is very complex, lots of ddark fruit, raisins, earthy/ pine, bitters/ coffee. The tase also has nice depth, complex as well with similar notes as the nose. The one thing holding this beer back from being great: body... it was a 50/50 split between creamy and watery.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Appeared like liquid dark chocolate leaning toward charcoal with a third of an inch foamy tan head. Aroma was of sweet caramel and lactose, some licorice, and fruity hops at the end. Flavor introduced a sweet oatiness, creamy caramel, light licorice and a hoppy bitter finish. Palate was of course consistently smooth. The only fault I find is that it was perhaps too balanced, I didn’t really notice any roast character and it generally tasted more of a doppelbock than a stout somehow.
tgncc (2990) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice aroma, roasty, coffee, cream, oats. The beverage was jet black, low in carbonation, small head. The flavor is roasty, sweet molasses, and a nice oatmeal thickness. Very creamy. Roasty finish, some malty sweetness, and a small component of hops. Nicely done.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darker brown with a sweet aroma of chocolate, cream and coffee. Flavor is chocolate-dominant with some nice roast and coffee. Overall a very solid stout that I hope to see around more often.
thewombat (112) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Dark brown/black pour, with frothy thick head. Smell is light cream, malty, sweet. Very thick creamy mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Taste is creamy oatmeal with a bitter bite at finish. Woody depth. Very enjoyable.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On nitro, really good. A nice roast level to the aroma. Not too powerful. Taste is sweet and smooth with roasted coffee and cocoa. Creamy and tasty.