Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is dark brownish blak with a thin khaki head...smell is nice roastiness with hints of cocoa and vanilla...thin and watery mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation...hints of bitter coffee and vanilla in the finish...not so much a dry stout but more a sweet stout...this would be quite enjoyable if it had a thicker body...
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours very dark with tan colored head. Very bland, weak aroma. No significant flavors expected of good stouts. Seems like a lager with black food coloring. Stay away. Thanks for the state rating, Bu11zeye.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a good sized tan head. Aroma is similar to guinness. Has a weak milk smell complimented by a slightly stronger coffee aroma. The initial taste is bubbly on the palate which quickly changes to a more chalky feel. Taste is roasted coffee with some chocolate notes and a mildly bitter aftertaste.
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(32 oz. bottle with plastic twist-off cap) Pours a deep brown body with a small tan head. Sweet malt aroma with a hint of green chilies (agree with Nuffield). Somewhat thin palate for a stout. Absolutely no coffee flavor, which I will knock it down points for flavor and overall impression.
Nuffield (4050) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bu11zeye brought back a big bottle (with the twist off cap) from his homestate of Nebraska, and I wanted to do his state proud, but I couldn’t. An aroma of ginger beer, fajitas, and green chili. Nut brown color. Moderate palate. But worst of all was the lack of coffee in the flavor--where was it? I just couldn’t find the coffee here. Big thanks for the effort, Bu11zeye.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from a monstrous 32 oz. jug. "1 Quart Stout" I like the sound of that.
Color is solid black, with reddish edges, and a small, swiftly diminishing head.
Aroma is redolent with notes of espresso...ah, that’s the stuff!
I’ve got my nose deep into it, to withdraw every aromatic morsel into my snoot.
On the palate, bracing bitterness, but very mellow soon afterwards. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated, and lacking in the texture I like to find in stouts. There’s a lingering tinniness in the flavor, and it finishes rather weakly. Doesn’t compare well to Bell’s Java Stout, but then, in my book, few things do. Overall, a fairly average stout, with beautiful coffee aromatics.
Braudog (6290) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beauty of a looker, here ... solid black with cascading tan head. Woodsy aroma ... subtle coffee flavors with definite smoke tones. Bit light bodied, but decent ... would go great with barbeque.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
When I can't find Spilker Monkeywrench Brown Ale, I'll settle for this one. Very strong coffee aroma and taste. Could bebefit from a little more O.G., but body is not something that Sam Spilker puts into his brews.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hum, twist off cap? Deep brown hue with fizzy head. The aroma hinted of roasted malt, nutty, mocha, light molasses, vanilla, aromatic hops, and pine. The taste was bitter upfront thanks in large part to the bittering hops used in this brew. A sweet mocha and citrus undertone was detected. The finish was very smoky and dry, bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was thin, fizzy, and lively. Again this brew appears to be overcarbonated. This is just an average dry stout, needs more body and better mouthfeel. Okay to try once.