Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The body is virtually pitch black, capped by a foamy, tan colored head. Micro-bubble sheeting slides back towards the body, a few random splotches remaining frozen on the glass. The aroma is very straightforward, roasty baker’s chocolate and caramel notes showing alongside a dose of lactic creaminess. The flavor shows an unexpected, slightly sour funk to it up front, but that quickly fades into bitter chocolate, scorched caramel, day old coffee, barley, and earthy hops. Medium-plus in stature, the mouthfeel is drastically overcarbonated and fizzy. Is this supposed to b a stout soda, because that’s what it feels like. Not terribly impressive in any facet, the palate just ruins this one. Decent at best.
doubelknv3 (971) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Black with thin brown head. Minimal lacing. Chocolate, espresso, and roast, sweet malt caramel aroma and flavour notes. Balanced and smooth. Medium bodied with mild bitter finish.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A pretty tastey stout. Pours a dark chocolate coloured body with a huge tan head. Soft aromas of a breakfast blend coffee, smoke and dark chocolate. Light vanillar flavor and a creamy finish.
HonkeyBra (3280) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is roasty. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee at he end. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pretty creamy and smooth. Overall, my only complaint is that it isn’t thicker. Good stout.
restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
BOTTLE: room temp. Pours black with lively tan head, quickly dissipates. Aroma is not very strong but definite roastedness. Flavor packs a punch of roasted barley and cocoa. Palate is bubbly but short lived. A decent stout.
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle courtesy of my Secret Santa. Pours a dark, dark brown color with a large tan head that patiently fades into a creamy crown. The aroma is roasted malt and mediumsweet dark chocolate. The flavor is also heavy on the roasted malt and dark chocolate. Additionally, a significant shot of coffee slips in at the end. Medium to full bodied and creamy smooth drinking brew. This is a solid stout indeed.
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with barely existent medium brown head. More bubbly head that Guinness or a nitrogen-tapped stout. Aroma is all roast with some hints of cocoa. Very bitter for a stout, but quite good too. Very full mouthfeel. I like it!
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Nice sweet flavor. Solid stout.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is a lot of black licorice. Ick. Luckily that faded once it warmed. Roasty and fruity, not bad at all. Received a few free bottles at Muskie Capital in Hayward. "Road Sodies"!
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I wasn’t very impressed with this beer, particularly when there are so many truly superior stouts out there. I found it to have a rather good smokey taste (think that Schlenkerla smoked sausage taste), but with a thin mouthfeel and some rather strange off-odors, like a lot of vinousness.
Appearance was pretty good; this beer had an abundant tan head and a black body of medium thickness. Aroma was not so good. There was a lot of liquorice notes, but also a cheap vodka smell which reminded me of hydrogen peroxide and I believe was a vinous off-note. Flavor was inhibited by a very flat mouthfeel, but was like a rauchbier…smokey like summer sausage.
Still, if I wanted smokey, I’d choose a real rauchbier, and if I wanted a really good stout, I think I’d choose something different. I got this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.