Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for the bottle, bro! Pours black with a thin mocha head which fades quickly and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is largely coffee roasts, chocolate, and oatmeal. Really is a very splendid aroma. Taste is much the same slightly dry finish.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a thinner dark cola color with a thin fizzy sudsy cola head. Aroma is a little strange, grassy, bitter chocolate, gritty, earthy, tobacco, seemingly dry, toasted oats, maybe a touch vegetal/buttery. Flavor is nice of toasted oats and chocolate syrup, really strong toasted oat flavor, rich dark chocolate finishing fairly bitter, flavors are very clear and well translated, toasted oats and dark chocolate syrup, very dark, but still with a rich kick, quick aftertaste, touch of coffee bitterness. Medium/full bodied, full mouthful, carbonation is a bit too soda poppy and sharp for the fullness, a bit syrupy which contrasts oddly with the rich fullness. Too sweet for me and the burnt over toasted like tannic bitterness isn’t doing it for me.
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a creamy beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, chocolate, roasted oatmeal, and a hint of coffee. Taste is medium bodied, toasted dark malt flavors with dry Bakers chocolate, coffee, a hint of charred wood and oatmeal. Finish is semi-dry with a mild bitterness and then a slight metallic aftertaste.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with ruby hues and a two finger foamy tan topper that leaves some lace. Aroma of noble hops? Up front with cocoa, oatmeal, chocolate, dark malts and a hint of smoke. Taste of cocoa, chocolate, grains and dark malt. A touch bitter, a touch acidic and it seems to finish better than it drinks with a chocolaty finish. This was based on pretty damn black stout which was pretty good, but the cocoa nibs seem to knock it down several notches, almost like forced chocolate rather than getting the flavor from the malts.
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from guyinchicago. Thanks Chuck!! Super dark brown pour wtih a dark tan head. Nice and creamy head. Oats, chocolate and roast on the nose. Flavor is creamy and full of very bitter chocolate. Oats give the brew nice body. Nice beer.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Only 11 ratings before me?!? Nice. As a Chicagoan, I am quite thankful that this brew is made available to me so fresh and very quickly. Awesome. 12 oz.. A - Oats, chocolate, and coffee on the nose. Pleasing. Nothing huge. But damn good. Full nose here. A - Watery brown pour, sitting nearly black in glass. Light showing through around the edges. Short lived tan head. Looks like a cup of weak coffee. Which, is not a bad look for a beer. F - This comes off as oats. Immediately. Then a hint of chocolate in the middle, followed by an oaty coffee ground bitter. Nice characteristics. Not very sweet, per se. This is quite sessionable in my book. Still, quite roasty, with a crisp bitter hiding underneath everything else going on here. P - Again, quite drinkable. Nice coffee presence. Mild-bodied. O - Great Tyranena. Possibly the best I’ve had from them. Nice rendition. Not as big as Founder’s Breakfast, but worth it. Would drink regularly.
BVery (5924) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Very dark pour. Coffee on the nose. A little thin on body. Coffee and chocolate taste with a little hop kick. Very nice brew.
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle 2/22/10 (Binny’s Naperville)-46° in English Pint-Pours a dark brown with some amber tints on a medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste of the same with more chocolate and a smooth overall feeling. This full bodied brew is very well balanced and tasty. Another great brew from Tyranena. Kick butt.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just had this the other night at the Tyranena tasting at Star Liquor. Really nice big brew. Pours a pitc black colour with very little head. Super smooth and chocolatey. Very robust. Hearty and filled with noticeable dark chocolate, coffee and burnt toast flavours. AWesome brew!"
tmoreau (2280) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at Binny’s of Glen Ellyn, IL. for their After Dinner Tasting. Poured to a small snifter, a cloudy, deep mahogany/brown, with good, tan/light brown foam to the head, and curtainy lacing. The aroma was roasty, coffee and cocoa, with light creaminess and sweetness. The flavor was similar and lightly bitter. The mouthfeel was pleasantly creamy, the carbonation was modest, and the finish had a light, dry cocoa nature to it. A very nice, and not too Sweet Stout. Always a fan!