richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks to duane for this, pour was not very aromatic, just kind of plain stout smell. color was a little less than the standard, almost had some reddish tones to it when held up to the light. head was fizzy and dissipated instanly. flavor was very bitter right away, and carried throughout. i never found any of the chocolates or coffee that they say are part of this brew, just the roasted barley flavor and the bitterness. the body was thin, and had a slightly acidic/tangy mouthfeel. not that great of a beer.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a small fizzy tan head that quickly dissipated, fine-large sized bubbles, sparse lacing, no visible carbonation, opaque, and a black hue. Malty, roasty and chocolate aroma. Flavor was malty, roasty, burnt and coffee. Tingly palate. A decent brew.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black opaque body with small brown head. sweet chocolatey and nutty aroma...bitter chocolate flavor dominates with a nice nutty, hoppy bite at the finish....its that time of year for stouts.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2006 For all of the good stouts in the world, there’s a fair share of unremarkable ones. This "Irish Stout" is one of them, but it’s not that bad. Smells like it should and stands its ground, but when it hits the palate, the traces of coffee and chocolate are much less noticable. Not as bitter as it should be, but then again, it’s not a lot of things.
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
chocolatey brown top on a deep black body with tiny hints of ruby at corners. Dry, chocolatey, burnt licorice. Oaty & dry, coffee and cocoa linger on the palate, sweetens up and leaves a sticky mouth.
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black, but not opaque, thin tan head, which disappears quickly. Roasty nose. Some sweet chocolate at first sip, quite rough and grainy in the middle and dry at the finish. The coffee hints in the middle become less harsh once it warms. Actually warms up to a nice, thinner stout.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light nose. Brief, uninspiring off white/tan head. Nice roasted flavor, but low in body. Dark chocolate on the back end. Unassertive for what it is supposed to be. More of a small porter.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark Coloring. Tannish Head. Roast. Chocolate. Coffee. Not a bad Stout. Easy to find better though.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark, with a nice brown head. Dark chocolate scent. Commercial description seems to be pretty accurate on this one. Both coffee and dark chocolate are certainly noticable in the taste. Becomes acidic as it warms.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Quite sweet and lush bodied for a "dry" stout. Roasty and slightly chocolatey. Enjoyable, but nothing outstanding.