MOLA_DK (258) - DENMARK - MAR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours black with a small but thick, creamy head. Roasty, coffee aroma. Full bodied, milk chokolate and finishes with some roasted bitterness.
jkwood04 (2949) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle in an English pint. Pours black with a fluffy, light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, plus a little milk, and a good amount of hops. Flavor about the same with a lot of malts. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer, and one of Southern Tier’s more drinkable stouts.
bax (979) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle 16/03-2012) low brown head, black color, light roasted aroma, soft co2, sweet roasted slightly taste, dry after taste. BB date 01.12.14 drikkeriget.
beernovice39 (3040) - Montana, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a dark brown with a thin off white head. Scent is hops and chocolate. Taste is sweet malts, sugar and hops.
thewolf (10553) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ Fish’n’Beer, Cph. Completely black with a light fizzy, yet creamy light-beige head. Fair duration. Aroma is sweet, light sugary, milky, chocolate. Raisins. Medium carbonation, light creamy and quite dry mouthfeel. Flavour starts sweet, lactic, mild roasted, dark chocolate. Hazelnuts and a lingering, mildly astringent, malty bitter finish. Well-balanced (that’s a new for ST)
Evolutionary (218) - Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from andersens. Black appearance. Sweet and burned smell initially. Sweet initial taste with coffee and milky taste to follow. Not too heavy for the 7.5%. Good mouthfeel and a decent milk stout.
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SSSteve (3557) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. black with a small creamy, tan head. the nose is moderately sweet roasted barley and coffee notes. strong, dark, chalky, almost burnt malt flavor bitterness mellowed with the sweet lactose. creamed coffee notes in the finish with a melting hunk of dark chocolate. medium body with a scoatch too much carbonation. i found it more enjoyable at room temp.
SabreSkull (54) - North Augusta, South Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Plastic cup at craft beer festival. Very dark brown, tan head. Chocolate and coffee flavors, mild bitterness and clean crisp finish. Best brand at the fest and they ran out fast. Good example of a stout.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Ceebs25, thanks Brian! Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is rich and sweet milky dark chocolates with some cookie maltiness. Decent roast backing to balance with some lactose sweetness and coffee. Flavor is similar. Lactose, roast, and milky dark chocolates up front before some cookie malts come in during the middle as well as a bit of an herbal hopping. Hops, roast, and lactose pick it up towards the end as this finishes dry with a moderate bitterness, but balanced with a nice, rich chocolate backing. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, medium body and a soft, medium-light carbonation. Overall, a solid milk stout. Lots of chocolate, but plenty of roasts, lactose, and a nice hop backing to balance. Easy drinking, flavorful, and enjoyable.
shadey (1823) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Oily black pour with a thin and quickly diminishing head. I probably kept it too cold and as a result, the initial aromas are quite muted. I do smell some light roast and a significant amount of sweetness that I can only assume is coming from the lactose sugars. I’m hesitant about the addition of lactose - I suspect that the intent is to make the beer more palatable to craft beer newbies? I have noticed two distinct varieties of Southern Tier beers. They seemed to start their growth with fantastic beers targeted at the geeks (unearthy, oat, old man, tripel, etc) and they continue to make these more aggressive beers. They have also developed a line of flavored beers that seemed to be more targeted at the less-than-geeky crowd that can be turned off by more traditional flavor profiles. I can’t blame Southern Tier for trying to make money. After all it is likely these flavored mass-appeal beers that keep the geeky beers on the shelf.