rivertranced (25) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2012
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from growler into belgian glass. Aroma is a little underwelming for the style. Picking up a little chocolate, and a bit of roasty malt. not seeing the fruitiness true to foreign stout style. Appearance spot on: dark, opaque color. Nice tan head with good retention. Nice, bold flavor, with big roasty malt presence. Finishes pretty dry. Moderate bitterness, with no fruitiness or diacetyl. Palate: medium body with a bit of creaminess. No presence of alcohol noticed. Very good example of the style overall.
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Richmond 21st. This is kind of awesome, because I am getting my 50th state here. Black, with a slight head. Aroma is smoky chocolate and coffee roasted malts, slight fruit. Flavor is a match, really quite good. Yay me! And thanks to Gene for bringing this one!
tia (1002) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can @ RG 21. Very dark. Nice roasty dry smell. Dry roasty flavor, too. But has a slight tinge of grassiness.
obguthr (3999) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Charred meat nose. Mahogany, thin tan head. Charcoal, charred meat, subtle. Medium body, frothy.
jackl (4797) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Thanks to Gene! Deep brown pour with a large creamy white head. Attractive-looking brew. Nose of coffee and caramel. Roasted espresso beans. Dark ashy malts. Taste is very dry, ashy. A bit of cream. Dark cocoa. Medium body, active carb. Very tasty.
Bulk_Carrier (2223) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed from notes.
Thank you, Fiona for the can.This was poured into a nonic.
The appearance was a dark brown to black color with a nice looking semi-dark tan head that really took it’s time dissipating. In the wake, there’s a nice semi-thick coating of lace.
The smell was full of roasted coffee bean amplified by a deep dark roasted chocolate malt coming forth like milk chocolate.
The taste took those previously mentioned flavors to town to let in a fury of roast and bitter. As it continued to warm, sweet chocolate invades yet balances very nicely.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a good sipping quality about it. The carbonation was smooth. This one really ramped up a nice rolling sweet bitter roastiness coating my tongue.
Overall, hot damn! I really liked this one. I would love to have this again.
Erzengel (3291) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many thanks to Chris for bringing this can. Great chocolate beginning. Nice smooth roasted, milk chocolate, slightly bitter. Ideal and smooth. Dry, but still slightly sweetish. The aftertaste is long, roasted malt, smooth milk chocolate, nicely bittered. Great!!
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
notes: pretty mellow, but VERY drinkable. malted milk chocolate and lactose perhaps? Roasted malt and just enough bitterness to temper the sweet. nicely done, though not quite robust enough to be a standout."
DrSilverworm (6796) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can, purchased from Brennan’s in Madison during GTMW this year. Can indicates a best by of 10/10/13... Better late than never, I suppose. Pours a very nice black color, with a great bigger brown head. Leaves great, thicker lace. Awesome dark chocolate, brownie, cocoa nib in the nose. Mild to moderate roast, hints of coffee, very mild dark fruit. Hint of smoke, and some earthy hop. A lot better than expected already. Medium plus body, with a great thicker stout like chewy texture to it. Light dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Mild bite in the finish. Pretty enjoyable stout. A lot better than expected. Probably a 3.7+ fresh... Need to re-rate a fresh example, given the chance.
PhillyCraft (3381) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with khaki head and light lace. Aromas and flavor of char, molasses, caramel, and chocolate and roast malt. Pretty good
Westchesterco (1051) - mclean, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It is a dark amber with a tan head on tap at the brewpub. It has a coffee aroma and the taste is definitely a coffee flavor