jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thinnish tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, a bit of coffee and some oatmeal. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive roasted malt up front, all with a dry flavour and some light lactic qualities. Aftertaste shows some coffee and alcohol, but the roasted flavours still stay present. Overall, a good dry stout - definitely worth trying, but perhaps a bit too light and undercomplex compared to others. I sampled this beer on draught at Rustico in Alexandria on 15-January-2009.
cheap (5308) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
On tap at the Mad Mex. Very nice headdy pour, black and foamy, very appealing. Good roasty stout aroma. Like most notro brews, this stuff has tons of foam but not carbonation on the tongue, flat. Taste is typical original stoutish, roasty burned wood and such. Has a bitter charred log finish that hangs for a while.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft, dark bodied with ruby edges and a uniformly thin creamy off-white head that remained throughout. Had a mild cafe au lait aroma, some chocolate maltiness, and notes of dark fruits. Flavor was bitter roasted barley, cream, sweet fruity/honey malt, mildly coffee and chocolate malt. Palate was watery lacking body, yet smooth. Finish was only slightly bitter from the malt. Standard dry stout I suppose, which is why I don’t drink them.
haddon90 (1617) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Light roasted malt in the aroma. Pours a dark brown color with a creamy head. Some nuts and oats as well. Very light taste though. Seemed watered down. It’s OK, but I’d prefer Guiness.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Tylers. Dark brown pour with creamy light tan head. Guinness-like but thinner in body. Slightly roasted malt and nice lacto tart creaminess. Perhaps a slight hop presence as well. Let’s hear it for tasty low-alcohol brews.
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had on tap. Nitro poured into a pint glass a black color with a nice, creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt with a little nuttiness. Taste of burnt chocolate and coffee along with the roasted malts.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice looking pitch black brew with creamy-nitrogenated head. little nose. subtle flavor with some hints of roasted malt and some sourness, likely from a lactobacillus blend. i imagined this was supposed to be a guiness-like brew, but doesn’t have the subtleties or mouthfeel. not great, but a reasonable version of the style
dagimp (952) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap in Berwyn, PA, Main Street Pub. Pours a midnight black with one finger of head that stays with it. Beer was very dark with coffee tones to it. Unfortunately it was very sour and thick. Bitter aftertaste that stayed in my mouth for a few minutes. I would not buy this beer again. Go with the storm king stout by Victory, an excellent beer. This has been my only dissapointing beer so far from Victory, an otherwise great brewer.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Tylers, Durham. Pretty thin looking body, almost like a brown, with a very minimal amount of carbonation. Sure enough, the body is perilously thin, which I think is a surprise for the solid Victory. Faint malts, very little roasts at all, nothing even approaching the pleasures the style can often afford. Not good.
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nitro at Rustico in Alexandria. It is listed on tap, not nitro, but when it poured I was pretty sure this was nitro, I was going to walk up to the bar and see for myself, I asked the waiter, who confirmed this for me, and was interested to know how I knew it was nitro, and so I explained. Pours black with a satiny smooth 1 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and malty, taste is light malty and dry, like a slightly better guiness.