mpersinger (360) - , California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this ruby-hearted black draft on nitrogen at the pub. Yes, well-done to Dublin tastes, as it boasts a chocolate and coffee aroma, medium-lean smooth body with tangy acidity mid-palate, and a long roast note in the finish. This was my second place choice (of four) in blind tasting for best stout in Sonoma County...at the time. Would be happy to say it tied for first, if ties had been allowed. (Would like to taste this side-by-side with OVL, but for now I’ll say this one is best.)
toml219 (285) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap from brewery, part of a taster. Very dark brown with some nice chocolate notes.
slowrunner77 (7091) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
"an ok offering, subpar for the Bear though. balanced sweet and bicuity malts and light citrus hopping make for a quaffable but ultimately uninteresting brew."
Homer321 (2755) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at brewery. Aroma is coffe with a bit of chocolate. Drying finish. Overall ok but kinda thin.
Theydon_Bois (12731) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Third St Aleworks, Santa Rosa, 28/04/14.
Black with a moderate tan swirl and edgework.
Nose is roast malt, toffee, light charring effect, cardboard, hint of coffee.
Taste comrises light cocoa, toffee, roast malt.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, drying finale.
Ok dry stout.
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is dark brown with a small foamy head. Aroma and flavor are both mild with notes of coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, and light sweetness.
Ferris (7670) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Roasted malts and some caramel. Jet black with a thin brown head. Roast malts, some coffee and a slight bitter finish. A decent dry.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is as advertised. A classic dry stout. Loads of roast character but very nimble and light. A touch of sweetness rounds it out. Enjoyable.
brokensail (13234) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Third St Aleworks. Black pour with a dense khaki head. Lots of roast, some cocoa powder, and coffee. A bit of earth, char, and plastic. Minimal sweetness to the flavor. Bitter roasted malt and coffee. A touch of cocoa powder and earthy hops. Typical brewpub Irish Stout.
ThanksYeast (33) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fair dry stout, slight roast not to overpowering on aroma enjoyable. A little lean but enjoyable beer overall.
Getbetter (967) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a tap at the brewery.The pour is dark red brown with minium white head.The body is very lite with creamy roasty coffee and chocolate.