ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color that betrays a little light near the edges. The head is a one finger light tan color with low retention. A thin collar around the edge of the glass remains, and tries to leave behind a bit of lacing.
S: This seems to feature a lot of roasted grain, backed by some cocoa, licorice, and faint raisin. Even a bit of oats seem to appear on the nose. A nice aroma, but fairly standard issue.
T: Again, the stout comes across as heavily reliant on roasted barley, especially near the opening flavors. Eventually, a transition will occur to toffee, vanilla, marzipan, cream, coffee beans, and a little raisin. For whatever reason, the finish makes it come across as boozier than it needs be. It doesn’t FEEL boozy (just astringent - more on that later), but there is a slightly sharp taste of alcohol that needs to be cut down. Having said that, some decently cohesive complexity is saving it from a lower score in this category.
M: Really astringent on the finish, which I don’t like too much. The general feel is fairly thin, but with a very nice combination of smoothness and rolling carbonation at first. I can’t fault its drinkability too much, but I do think the faint sharpness could be toned down.
O: This one is good, but not elite. There are many other stouts I’d rather have over this, but I wouldn’t be averse to returning to it again, or on tap.
gripweed57 (825) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Opaque black color. Brief beige head. Rich roasted malt aroma has a boozy sweet oatmeal note. Tangy roasted malt flavor has hints of cocoa and earthy coffee notes. Bold and rich with dark malt flavors. Chewy, dark dried fruit finish.
c1raider (42) - New York, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coffee, caramel, malt, vanilla, oatmeal, light on the palate, hides abv extremely well, dry. This would be a great intro into stouts beer if you don’t like sweet. Would buy again as a delicious easy drinker
rondphoto (2470) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle @ Jungle Jim’s / Eastgate OH --- Opaque black/brown color, bubbly beige rim head, dots and blobs of lace. Taste is chewy toasted malt that grows into the palate, adding medium hops. On the swallow the malt re-enters, becoming sweeter as it lingers in a medium finish. Recommended.
bnokk (73) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
APPEARANCE - classic stout w nice head.
NOSE - roasty when it warms. Very slight sweetness to it.
FLAVOR – deep and roasted with slight bitterness.
NOTES - overall good beer. MUCH different out of the cooler & when it warms up – it’s a much more probouned than many other stouts.
miquelcrush (1603) - Granollers, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cervesa amb aroma i gust a xocolata, però en gust també es troba gust a galeta i a caramel, l’alcohol és molt sutil.
Cerveza con aroma y sabor a chocolate, pero en sabor también se encuentra sabor a galleta y a caramelo, el alcohol es muy sutil.
stef73 (290) - - NOV 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
acheter lors d un voyage a nyc une stout classique avec une bonne torrification un cote chocolater et une amertune que je trouve assez presente en fin de bouche c est bien équilibre
NikkTwist (1814) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Bierstube in Philly. Opaque brown pour with minimal head - from what started as a nearly frozen bottle. Warmed up to a nice complex dark caramel brew. Medium-thick. Liquorice. Chocolate Twizlers. Ripe figs. Brown bananas. Carob. Raisins. Nice cloudy dark full brew with notes of red brown stone fruit. Works for me.
scotchzombie (385) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with a short tan head that fades fast to a thick rim and partial coating. Some wet lacing. Aroma is cocoa malt and oatmeal. Thick and viscous mouthfeel. Taste is cocoa/baked chocolate and oatmeal. Sweetness balanced by a backing mild bitterness and lingers a bit. Aftertaste is roasted malt and oatmeal - and a hint of bitterness. Alcohol pretty well-disguised.
gam (3430) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tan head dark pour aromas grain chocolate cocoa liquorice the flavours cocoa chocolate rich tasting oatmeal medium bitter roast coffee bean liquorice not a lot of depth but good to drink the finish best tastes malts lasting bitter sweetness not bad
ThreeCats (617) - ISRAEL - OCT 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a decent off-while to tan head. Aroma roasty and chocolaty, dark fruit, ash, coffee, bitter chocolate again. Taste full and roasty, butter chocolate, not very sweet, quite smooth. Roast and espresso finish, with warming alcohol in stomach. Nice.