JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Milwaukee YeHa. Silky black body with a taller tan head. Aromas jump from the glass with fresh hops and a hint of roasted malt. Think Alpha Klaus, with a drier, chalkier character. A hoppy stout for sure.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap(Nitro) @ the brewpub- Pours a pitch black color, nice sized light brown head. Aroma is crazy for a stout, citursy almost like a pale ale! Dry and sweet, the flavor is restrained, yet emphasized by the Guiness like stout charachteristics. A very interesting take on a dry stout.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Very good retention. The nose delivers strong notes of chocolate and pine needles with lesser notes of caramel and vanilla. The flavor is medium bitter and burnt. No residual sweetness... cocoa powder, coffee grounds and a pinch of salt. Light to medium-bodied with an astringent mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Finishes burnt, bitter then bone dry. Thanks go out to growler for sharing his bomber.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 I say WAY back that Iíd rerate this from the bottle, since my original rating was based on the muted nitro version that they always serve at the 3F brewpub. The bottle version is very nice, allowing an aroma of resinous pine and some citric notes to shine through. The flavor is also much more alive with a fresh hoppy bitterness. Way better bottles... or probably draft, too, if they every drop the nitro crap.
Original Rating 12/17/2005 - 7/3/6/3/15 - 3.4
Nitro at the FFF Pub: I suspect my ratings will go up with the bottle that Iíll pop later, ícause nitroed beers are muted in aroma and taste. Quite creamy to drink. Heavily roasted malts and a solid floral/herbal hopping make for a good combination, but it tames the character of the brew when it nitros out of the spout. Somewhat smokey, highly malted - itís good, for sure. But tamed. Iíll rerate on my bottle.
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1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2006 Nitro at FFF. Iím so glad to see this come out of retirement!!! It pours to a dark black body with a tan nitro head. Thick and creamy head. Dry and creamy. The aroma is very hoppy with tons of PNW hops. Also, dry and malty roastedness. The flavor makes me think they took a Guinness and dry hopped the shit out of it. The palate is pretty thick and dry. Iím loving it!!!
Bottle: as good as the tap.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Ronnieís in Forest Hill,MD.22 oz bottle.Aroma is first heady floral hops(in standard 3F fashion)but then heavily roasted malts(coffee,chocolate,caramel,smoke)take over.Nice hoppy character.Oily on the verge of medium mouth feel.Good stuff but a bit pricy(8.99) but a rare one as far as I can tell.Mabey they put out more this year? The hop burps are very nice.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro at the brew pub (with a forthcoming review of the bottled version - sit tight.) Opaque and black in the imperial pint with a booming, dense and creamy khaki looking head that recedes to blanketing vellum lacing. Black licorice and burnt espresso grinds paint the aromatic picture of a big roasty stout, with ample contributions from black currant, pepper, burnt rubber and oil streaks. Some accentuations from Good & Plenty candy pieces as well. "Roasted" is one way to say it; "singed" and "burnt" would be a more accurate descriptor, and, here, that gets you points in my book. Iced coffee bitterness sinks into the taste buds, taking on a parallel flavor persona to one of those bottled frappuccinos sold in the supermarket. Bitter, dark chocolate shavings melded to melted cappuccino ice cream. Creamy and smooth character transitions to a prickly and lively (bitter) outtake with black jellybeans encapsulating the palateís domain. Nitro might rob some of the boisterous sentiments that I expect to find in the bottle version, and we all know thereís one sure fire way to find that out. Dense, chocolate brownies sprinkled with French roast coffee grinds takes us from flavor to finish. Another admirable, style leading rendition by one of the worldís best.
ecbeerguy (86) - East Chicago, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is as advertised!!!! Thank you John for the bottle. The beer pours black-as-night, with a nice head, that lasts a good few minutes. The aroma is really overpowering, like opening a can of skunk-bud in a room. You get the coffee, with plenty of roasted malt. I taste chocolate, and coffee, very balanced. Itís very soft mouthfeel, is contrasted by a strong aftertaste ( maybe alcohol ). I tís good now, in a few months, after it mellows, it will be that much beter.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUL 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2004 A stout, Three Floyds style, which can only mean hopped up. Grapefruit aroma in a stout? First taste citrus? Roasted malts and bitter sweet chocolates are next. Nice head and lacing from a growler. Are these guys awesome? Medium bodied and so drinkable itís dangerous.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Monks Cafe in Philly. After all the Belgian stuff I had before this I thought my taste buds would be dead. Man was I wrong. This said HELLO your now drinking a beer from the USA. This had a wonderful hop smell that you could pick up across the room and surpisingly it wasn't overpowering when you drank it. Finished with a nice smooth dry malt taste.