Frothmeister (524) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a nut brown coloured head. Aroma is boozy with faint dried fruit, lots of cocoa, vanilla, and light smoke. The taste is sweet, with alcohol, light smoke, again, lots of cocoa, espresso, and bitter citrus in the finish. Not too full bodied, and dangerously easy drinking for 7.5%. Full on tasty.
TheHopster (746) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle). Dark brown with tan head and little lacing. Dark roasted malts stand out among semisweet stout. Smooth palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bUAkronG (15) - Akron, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at Lockview in Akron, OH on 03/06/12.
Appearance: jet black in color with 2 finger light tab head. Moderate lacing.
Smell: roasted malts, alcohol, and hints of vanilla.
Taste: vanilla tones, slight alcoholic taste. Roasted malts.
Mouthfeel: not much retainment. Not very much kick for what is listed as 8.0% ABV by the restaurant.
Overall: easy to drink. I could see myself drinking a couple of these in an evening.
erickok (3165) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black bodied and a simple tan head. Coffee, toast, chocolate, Butterscotch and some dark hops. Low carbonation. Smooth bitterness, creamy rich sweetness. Long aftertaste. Well made brew. So hard to differentiate between all these amazing American brewers. (On my Florida trip)
kdm1984 (586) - Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Man, almost no aroma here. Light-bodied, some coffee, but like their DIPA, this is weak for a double stout. Sweet? Milky? Really? Did not notice. Somewhat of a bitter finish due to the coffee notes. Not bad, but not great.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
32oz growler from Moondog Growlers- Marietta, GA ----> nonic pint (that was provided free of charge by the store). Pours deep inky black with a 2 finger tan head that never totally disappears, but fades quickly. Aroma is mainly malt with light coffee- not much in the way of aroma. Taste makes up for the lack of aroma (suprisingly) with sweetness up front and bitter cocoa and coffee on the back end. Medium palate, a little thicker than most milk stouts. This one hits the mark as far as milk stouts go. If the aroma was a bit more interesting, it would have gotten a higher rating. Great milk stout.
Derek881 (945) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured this beer from the bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a full black color with a small-medium foamy tan head with short retention, good lacing, and very light cling. The aroma was a rich chocolate and caramel malt blend with light sugar and molasses tones, a slight touch of coffee, and some earthy and grainy hops to balance. Its taste had a sweet chocolate and caramel flavor that yields to a bitter and slightly sour grainy and earthy mix. The beer had a creamy body and was wet with low to average carbonation and fizz, and a drying alcohol presence.
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Minh. Pours a deep brownish black with nice brown lacing. Aroma is bitter espresso, milk and light roasted chocolate malts. Mouthfeel is medium to thin with notes of milk chocolate, toasted malts and dry bitter espresso. Not bad.
Leighton (9833) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chriso’s 2012 Pre-GBBF Shindig, London. Pours dark brown with a fine, white foam head. Dusty cocoa nose, a bit of alcohol. Nice, rich flavor with some sugary chocolate. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Medium to heavy sweetness on the finish, some earth, dirt, burnt sugar, moderate roast. Very sweet. Decent overall.
Ericular (492) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2013 Pours really dark with nice tan head and good lacing. Aroma is mainly sweet lactose, with a little bit of roast taking a back seat. Let this warm up quite a bit first. Taste is very sweet up front, with more roast and a little bitter hops coming through in the end. Not bad at all.
Either I got a better bottle this time, or else I can appreciate a good stout now.
I get the sweet lactose up front, but that’s about the only appealing thing about this one for me. Thick texture, burnt coffee taste, almost acrid. My deviation from the average makes me believe this beer has gone bad. Bottled 7 months ago... I know it’s got a high ABV, but that seems too long regardless. 4+4+3+3+4=1.8