rougeau13 (1970) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Black with a soapy tan head. Roast, coffee, and cream aroma. Malty, roasted and slightly bitter taste with a hint of wine. Creamy, smooth, and medium-full bodied with a soft oaky dryness. I think itís quite good.
morrisseyfan89 (4) - USA - FEB 19, 2013 does not count
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a purely aesthetic perspective I found this to be a lovely pour. That being said there was just something about this product that I found off. There was a sort of sweet/musty quality that I just found offputting. This is by no means a disaster but it isnít something I can recommend in good conscious unless you are really insatiably curious about the concept.
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on Tap at The Petrol Station .. . pours a deep black .. mild foam .. . tar, black grapes and burnt raisins .. . medium mouth . . some ash in the finish, pretty good but the half pint was enough .. . . I have a fear of speed bumps, but I am slowly getting over it!
seymour (1396) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from a 12oz can into a nonic pint glass. It poured a dreamy, opaque black color with thick, fluffy, everlasting tan foam with lots of sticky lace. Aromas of whole-grain bread, toast, roasted grain, some definite fruity esters and peppery phenols. Flavours were the same plus hints of toffee, coffee with cream, raisins, plums, red wine. Tart, tangy, very toasty. Tannins of grape skins and hardwood. Strong foreign-stout alcohol was very well-hidden but I felt it in my bloodstream later. Nuanced and delicious.
Suttree (5041) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, with a ring of foam. I get coffee and prune, with some winey notes. Taste is also coffee and wine, with some dark fruits, too. Dry, woody finish
Indra (2593) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. can. Aroma of toasted, dark malt, the oak treatment and grape additions rather apparent as well, with touches of dark chocolate, earth and vanilla. Solid brown-black color, with a sparse, fading, tan head. Flavor profile is dominated by the roasty, dark malts, grape character and oak character, accented slightly with semi-sweet chocolate and black bread. Smoothly effervescent and fairly substantial on the palate, dry, with a medium-full body. I picked this up thinking it would be pretty similar to the Merlo Stout, but itís not that similar.
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Hoppy Monk El Paso, TX-pours pitch black with a 1/2 inch lite tan head with larger bubbles. Sort of a fizzy looking stout. Nose is wood, oak, vanilla, lite berries, roast, and dark chocolate. Flavors are huge roast, wood, hops (woody/piney), dark chocolate and anise. The grapes show up in the initial flavors but are blasted away by the huge onslaught of roast/dark chocolate. From previous stout experiences from SKA, i wasnt expecting much from this one. However, i find this beer very solid yet novel.
OLDMANDUSTY (70) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from tap black with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt, oak, and coffee. Tastes of roasted coffee, roasted grains/oats, and red wine. Slight acidity on the palate.
mcberko (5998) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a can, pours black with a fairly large light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt predominantly, wood and dark chocolate. Flavour brings out notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts and wood upfront, with little notice of the oak or grape juice, at least until the grape juice shows up on the finish. Very smooth, chocolatey palate, and very well-balanced. Much better than the average ratings would have you believe. Great stuff.
thomas15 (681) - USA - FEB 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells like a normal stout Roast, chocolate, with a flicker of grapes. Nice black with light brown head. Taste is awkward combo of roasty oaked stout with some grape flavor in the middle.