TAR (2628) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2003 Transluscent charcoal. Subtle, yet complex aroma, which boasts soft vanilla, baker's chocolate, light molasses, coffee bean, earthy hops, and burnt popcorn seed. Velvety carbonation. Firm palate. Charcoal flavors with first sip. Followed by burnt caramel, slight trace of acidity, giving balance to these rich malts, dark grape, charred wood, and mild molasses. Long roasted malts emerge in the finish with a light leafy undertone. A very sophisticated, stylish, and flavorful beauty.
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brown with only a small lid of tiny light tan bubbles. Light sweet roasted malt aroma. Flavors are have a sweet grain quality, with a touch of lactose. A bit acidic, which tend to make it feel thinner. Sharp black malt bitterness tempered with the roasty sweetness seem to work against each other. Seems to be a sweet stout/cream porter?
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2003 Not quite what I expected from an Irish Stout; I expected more malt and less fruitiness.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Dark ruby color with a creamy tan head. Bittersweet chocolate/ coffee aroma. Nice roasted coffee taste with no bitterness, very smooth. I had this with North Coast's Old N. 38 stout and find it interesting how different areas of the country interpret styles of beer. While Sprecher gets their bitterness from the roasting process North Coast gets it from adding more hops, which impinge on the flavor of the beer. Being from the mid-west I prefer the Sprecher's way when it is 10 degrees outside, it just seems more appropiate.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2003
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks just like the picture. Aroma of burnt chocolate and corn. Body is more robust than Guinness and a little sweeter. Somewhat dry finish with woody character. I expect a little more from Sprecher.
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Being only the third ratebeerian to rate this one, and only seeing it for the first time today, I have very little idea of what to expect. That said, the color is nice (not QUITE black, but very dark brown) with a generous tan head. Aroma is...strange. A little earthy, in my opinion. The flavor is nice, and not TOO dry. Actually, I'm pleasantly surprised by the flavor. This is NOT a dry stout along the guinness lines...much different with different character to the flavor. A decent stout, though not a great one.
duece (103) - Waterford, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly rye odor leads to a sharp but pleasent malty flavor that stays just long enough. Not one of the best for this style and not even one of the best stouts of Milwaukee.
Oakes (15000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 28, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown; toasty, a little thin, has a whole grain bread crustiness to it. A decent porter, but nowhere near making it as a stout.