ARH (728) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap, poured into a sampler. Mellow chocolate and coffee aromas are noted coming from the dark, near opaque, caramel colored beer. Itís topped by a dense, beige, soap head that retaims a medium thin ring, and leaves an abundant, messy lace. The taste is a medium light bittersweet. The beer is fizzy and thin with a light, smokey chocolate and coffeee. Itís mellow and muted with a dry, coffee like finish and an aftertaste thatís dry with notes of dark chocolate.
Cjmccahill (29) - Indiana, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black, thick dark brown head that fades quickly. Roasty aroma, smooth, medium body. Like a thinner Guinness, decent, but for the money, I'll stick with the original.
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Jethro6191 (482) - Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a creamy brown head that quickly disapates to a thin wispy ring. Roasted barley, coffee, and cocoa notes. The finish is dry. Medium-light body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel.
drowland (6591) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
June 2014. Sampled in Bloomington, IN - 16oz can. Black pour with a small tan head, mild lacing. Coffee and dark chocolate on the aroma, biscuits, a touch of caramel. Roasty flavor, coffee, dark chocolate, a touch of sweetness, a hint of minerals and booziness. Too strong to be a dry Irish stout, but not bad.
Travlr (14676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Smoke & Barrel. Black color, brown head. Aroma of roasty cocoa powder. Taste is dry, smoky cocoa and coffee. Nice.
Bill Becker (481) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - AUG 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks, Trent, for the 16 ounce can!
It pours black with a tan head of foam. A pretty big head of foam that shrinks to a fine layer.
Plenty of fine roasted malt in the nose though i do get some aroma that I usually associate with a Milk Stout. And yes, thereís some hoppy bitterness here too along with some smoke?
The taste is so roasty and nice with a cool presence of smoke. I get some dark and milk chocolate notes and the bitterness is on the light side. Dry? Yes, but not as dry as others of the style that Iíve had. Thatís not a knock on ROD. I quite enjoy it.
Medium bodied, a light level of carbonation, the smoothness is in a bit of an overkill stage.
Yep, this is a fine Dry Stout. Iíd say that if the carbo was bumped up a little, Iíd like it even more.
twindadplus2 (623) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
deep black with about a half inch light brown head. Light aroma of semi sweet chocolate and roasted malt. Dark roasted malt and coffee flavor with a sweet earthiness in the back. Medium bodied with heavier than expected carbonation and a roasted chocolate aftertaste.
Brigadier (3175) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 ounce can
A late Saint Patricks Day treat, this release typifies the average Sun King canning. While it has a bit of an expensive price tag for a day to day beer it would not hurt to grab a four pack once a year. I canít wait to see Sun King expand into other markets.
Aroma / Appearance - A fluid black base swirls the glass with a murky texture. Soft tan head idly sits on top like film over a dusty glass of water. Light chocolate, coffee, malts, and smoky licorice reward the eager nose with fresh feelings.
Flavor / Palate - A mixture of fluid coffee, sweet fruits, and maltiness warm the throat. A typical American stout is perhaps slightly too heavy to consider sessioning. Even so it would not be tough to drink another can if it were on hand. A malt driven release is a great Midwestern interpretation of a classic spring style.
bluejacket74 (1479) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16 ounce can. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice but very light, it smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The brew tastes like roasted malt, coffee, burnt/charred malt, and some dark chocolate and earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit creamy and has medium/high carbonation. I thought this was a good tasting brew, although the weak aroma didnít exactly impress me. Itís worth trying. $3.99 for a single can.
nimbleprop (5469) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
6oz pour at Smoke and Barrel. Nose is really earthy, wet dirt, roasted mushroom, some coffee grounds, a little raisin, some toasted bread crust. Flavor is malty, toast, a little molasses, a little less earthy than the nose, a little soy, brown sugar, some weak coffee. Finishes dry. Smell and flavor donít mesh, but both are still pleasant.