CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled from the beer engine at the brewpub: Poured a surprisingly transparent dark brown with a thin, short-lived, light tan head. Aroma is subtle and malty, but with a noticeable brandy quality. Lightly sweet and filled with brandy oak, it’s body was also kinda thin and not very interesting. Would’ve much rather seen the Siberian Night on the beer engine.
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap (nitro tap...no!) at the Dayton location. Quite the variety of opinions here on this beer; I am in the "liked it" camp. Poured like your average nitro stout, dark chocolate-brown (with red tinges) and a thick, creamy, dense tan head. While this beer is probably offered to the general public as "Guinness-like," I was pleasantly surprised by how un-Guinnessy (dontcha love Ratebeer English?) the flavor was; instead of rather acidic roasts dominating the palate, this beer offered loads of chocolate balanced by toasty notes and a bit of caramel. Aroma was very light at first (and roasty) but some caramely elements appeared as the glass warmed a bit. Nice complexity for a rather thin-bodied beer. Goes down so smooth...and so fast.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a small tan head. Roasted aroma and flavor. It is somewhat thin and watery for a stout. Very smooth and drinkable. Thanks to Dogbrick for the growler.
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 5, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
and on to the stouts. This was very light for a stout. lighter and less creamy then guiness. Still a very good stout and i'd have again (if they were out of siberian).
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2002
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
water + stout = watery stout with no head or taste. Couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks in this one.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2002
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poor, tired old dog has gone soft and thin. The body was so watery - thinner than a nitro-canned Guinness. It looked so tasty - deep black body, creamy head. Even the roasted malts were affected by the watery taste. It did have enough hops to dry out the finish. This dog may need to be put down.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Definitely the best offering from Thirsty Dog. I’m glad I tried this one last. Thick and dark, incredibly smooth.
Dogbrick (9809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2003 Rerate 05/05/03:Tried this again from a growler and I am adjusting my rating slightly lower because the thinness was more noticeable this time. However it is still an easy-drinking Stout and I like the roasted coffee flavor very much. I mostly wanted to amend my statement of this being my favorite Thirsty Dog beer. Nothing will ever top Siberian Night now that I have tried that. 05/21/02 (4.3): Unbelievably smooth, yet with a bubbly appearance. Excellent roasted quality to the armoma and flavor. Probably my favorite Thirsty Dog offering.