shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
8/15/2007: South Shore Rhoades’ Scholar Stout pours out a very dark brown color and has a large, rocky brown head that slowly collapses. and leaves a long-lasting frothy crown. The aroma is mostly semi-sweet chocolate and a bit of residual yeast. The flavor is also predominately semi-sweet chocolate with some darkly roasted malts and a dry, coffee-like bitter finish. No alcohol is apparent in the taste, but it feels a bit higher than 6.4%! The body of the beer is medium-full and it has a smooth texture in the mouth. "Rich and hearty, not thick and overpowering" is a very apropos description! Also, drink this beer at warmer temperatures. It is much better and more interesting with some caramel and char flavors coming through. Very good. I wish I had some chocolate or something to pair with this right now!
12 fl. oz. bottle from hopdog. Thanks for the trade Steve. I appreciate it! Rating #100 for this beer...
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Shaker glass. Black with a huge brown head. (Did someone shake this up and not tell me?) Aroma -- chocolate with a hint of coffee. Taste was much the same, chocolate and coffee with a hint of hop bitterness. A strange mineral water taste became noticeable by mid-bottle, but it wasn’t too distracting.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle wife bought on trip to Wi. Picked a Wi brew from the fridge in honor of my dads birthday. Sweet barley malt, chocolate, nutty and old coffee. Started pouring this one in the glass and head just blew up and filled pint glass. As i was waiting for head to subside noticed some rice crispy snap crackle pop action, odd. Coffee, and a sweet bitter carbination along with chocolate at first but went away half way though beer. Smooth on palate one of he most interesting beers I’ve had.
Retro42 (18) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wonderfully rich chocolate and coffee aroma. Color is almost black with a reddish-brown hue. Pours to a thin tan head that disappeared quickly. Taste is nice, lots of coffee and chocolate with barley notes. Palate is excellent, dryand slightly carbonated. Overall an excellent stout.
Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with a ruby hue around the edge of the glass, and a tan head that disappears. Aroma is very similar to Sam Smith’s Imperial, probably due to the roasted barley. Flavor is quite similar to Sam Smith’s as well, but the beer is a little more carbonated and slightly drier, with the roasted barley appearing along with notes of coffee and dark chocolate.
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 [Bottle, thanks Guerde] Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Chocolate, malt, coffee and liquorice in the aroma. Taste is coffee, banana and roasted malt that comes on nicely at the end. Low bitterness. My main problem with this beer is how thin it is. Old Rating: 8/4/7/3/15=3.7
Re-rate: One of my earliest ratings, so I decided to revisit it. Wow, as opposed to the small head I previously described, this one had the largest head that I’ve ever seen. I only got about an ounce into the snifter and the head exploded out of it all the way to the top of the glass. I’ve never seen anything like it. Lingers nicely though as well, so I’ll bump the appearance score up. Interesting aroma--kind of dusty, raisin, good chocolate. Taste is okay, with coffee, notes of anise, and lots of roasted malt. The roasted malt comes dangerously close to ruining it, as it is so dominant. The way it is, I think it should be dialed back a bit. Fairly thin, but doesn’t really detract from it. Long finish. Overall, simple, a little too one-dimensional in the taste, but not bad.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2007
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
big very fiizzy brown head sites atop an opaque black body. sweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma. the flavor is sweet. the palate is awful, it assaults you. reminds me a little bit of tonic water.
asedzie (617) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2007 12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark reddish black with a thick foamy brown head. Typical stout coffee aroma is there, but also accented by some sweet vinious notes. Very interesting aroma. Burnt flavors and subtle roasted malt flavors are prominent. Very light sourness with some earthy notes, too. Mouthfeel is atypical for a stout - light, bubbly. 7/28 re-rate - Had this again last night. Not a stout fan, but I really enjoyed this beer. Not sweet or cloying, a good balance of flavors.
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Ryan. Thanks. Intersting beer. Pours out a very dark color with a tan head. I about overflowed my glass from the head that came off this beer. Roasted and coffee smelling beer. Taste is similar, with quite a bit of carbonation. Not bad, but it could use alot less carbonation.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours rich black with deep red highlights. Aggressive pour yields a rich creamy brown two finger head. Nice nose: roasted malt. Cookies and cream ice cream. Slightly sweet. Decent carbonation and relatively creamy on the palate. Basic stout flavors. Starts rich and creamy (malt and toffee). Chocolate in the middle and ends with a pleasant note of dry coffee. Unassuming but quite quaffable stout.