durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This stout packed a wallop of flavor for only 4.75%! Very roasty flavor, a bit overmuch really, over shadowing some other elements of the beer. Notes of coffee and chocolate, but also bitter milk and grease.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. Off-white head on top of a black body. Aroma is quite muted, some roasted, and a wet pile of leaves. Body is slightly roasted with a woodiness and the slightest sweetness turns this towards a bitter chocolate. I’m realizing more and more the dry stout style doesn’t have much for me.
probstblueribbon (3300) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 fl oz bottle from dkachur (thanks!!), served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Black with a tan head.
Aroma: Lots of black coffee and dark, unsweetened chocolate, ashen, blackened malts, hints of herbal hops.
Palate: Medium+ body, soft carbonation, a bit powdery-astringent.
Flav.: Cardboard (lots), some of the black coffee of the nose, not much else going on; tangy and a little bit of bitterness to finish, flinty.
A bit stark, but drinkable.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dry smell, leather, touch of yeast and fruit sourness.
Taste is fizzy, slightly roasted, malty club soda.
Not very good.
jgb9348 (5097) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice deep black coloured body with a frothy tan head. Aroma of fresh hops up front with some roasted malt and a nice bit of caramel - very nice in the nose! Medium-bodied; Sharp roasty flavours with coffee and nuts coming out, but the hops are still definitely there. Aftertaste also shows some good malty tastes and a light sweetness. Overall, a very nice well-rounded stout that would be definitely recommended. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 05-April-2008.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle. pours black with foamy beige head. aroma is mostly dry oats. dry meaty, slight coffee flavor. very bland yet a drinkable stout.
bierkoning (11147) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from dkachur, thanks! Almost black and opague. Milky, roasty aroma with apple syrup. Thin. Roast flavor with apple. Inoffensive but nothing special.
Drake (10518) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2009 Bottle from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Jet black with a very large head, long retention and awesome lacing. Aroma is roasty, mocha and metal. Taste is coffee, chocolate and mint with a nice hop bitterness. Aftertaste is a bit off.
GuinnessGal (93) - Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured out of a bottle. Dark black with a large creamy tan head. Body is very light for a stout. It has a strong hoppy aftertaste. I would never have known it was dispensed with Nitrogen until reading the commercial description.
radagast83 (5703) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
After having quite a few Imperial Stouts, it was nice to finally have a stout that I could drink and not start feeling the effects almost immediately. The beverage pours an extremely dark brown-black. Aromas are roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Flavor is coffee, roasted malts, and a slight hint of chocolate. It’s not extraordinary, but I sure did enjoy it.