ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
drsordr (986) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours opaque dark brown/black. Nose lots of roast,bakers dark chocolate and hint of oatmeal. Taste sweet malt and chocolate up front. Then roast and light bitter mid palate. More roast and chocolate flavors than coffee. Light bitter finish. Average mouth feel.
zvsn (478) - ISRAEL - MAY 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at oatmeal stouts tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Dark brown, nearly black with a medium beige head. Roasted aroma with some coffee and earthy notes. Sweet with dark chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, medium bitterness, quite alcoholic. Medium-full bodied, creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Decent IS.
tim9887 (20) - USA - APR 22, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Notes of cocoa in the aroma with malt sweetness. Tastes not as sweet as bitter roasty malts take over the cocoa. Really awesome stuff.
tcane7 (1651) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Firkin at Real Ale. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma or chocolate, roast, dark fruit, brown sugar. Medium to full body, oily mouthfeel. Milk chocolate taste, roast, nut. Haven’t had this one in quite some time and it was much better than I remembered it to be.
DrinkinWell (225) - - APR 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a caramel colored head with decent lacing. Roasted coffee beans and chocolate on the nose. Flavors of noticeable chocolate, dark fruit, caramel. One of Stoudts best offerings.
beerandbeyond (655) - ISRAEL - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass and served at room temp.
Hazy and very dark brown color with a big rocky beige head.
Aromas of dark chocolate and coffee liquor, with pleasant roastiness and grassy hops.
Espresso flavors, roasted malts, some carobs, light tartness, medium bitterness and faint sour milk and alcohol notes.
A bit over carbonated, med-full body, smooth and overall not bad.
Dedollewaitor (13677) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Trade With Theydon_Bois. Thanks. Vintage ?? Pours Black With a small creamy head. Sweet nose of chocolate, oat, fruit and ashes. Flavor adds mild coffee and a vaguely fruity tartness. Smooth and dry. Slight oxidation but great vinousness. My guess is 4 or 5 years old. Tasty.
joejames (96) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours Black, when held to a light only the edges of a pint glass shows light. Two finger light beige head with nice lacing. Aroma of coffee, dark roasted malts. Rich malty-molasses, sweet coffee taste. Full body, alcohol is noticeable but not a distraction to the taste profile. Finishes coffee, dark chocolates, rich malts with a slight bitterness. Very nice!
beechner224 (599) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate. Taste is smooth, bitter, chocolate. Nice stout.
DocJitsu (824) - Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark ruby brown with a short caramel colored head. Smoky wood and cherry on the nose. Scrubby sensation livens up the otherwise wet mouthfeel. It becomes a bit astringent at the dry finish. The flavor is very good. Cherry is prominent. Smoky woody flavor. High quality stout.