hotstuff (4142) - 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 (1905) - 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.
stephen louis (162) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On the pour: very dark but not black,the head is very small(too small for style) and faded fast.good lacing.A wack of malt in the nose,burnt malt.
On taste: Its good.I thought it would be bitter because of the nose.It is not.Lots of Carmel,malt,and a sweet rotten fruitiness to it,that is very nice.It is simple and good.The finish trys for chocolate and falls a little short.Hops add a tiny amount of bitterness and (lemon?).
All in all another good beer by a impressive brewery.This beer has more carbonation then my glass would indicate,but it is underbodied(is that a word?) for the style.