tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Witch’s Hat: Fully black center, some dark brown beaming at the edges, sitting with a lightly foamy layer of dark-beige micro-bubbles on top. Aroma is straight amaretto; heavy concentrated almond, cream, & faint dark cherry notes underneath. Velvety & quite potent for a 4.5% ABV stout. Taste is loaded with more reminders of amaretto, huge almond flavor with lighter hints of burnt coffee grounds, bitter dark cocoa dust, a faint dark fruit presence, & some dry, roasted malt in the finish. The amaretto flavors feign sweetness, but this stout is actually quite roasty & dry, leaving your palate without moisture in the finish. Pretty unique, I love amaretto so this was nice; plus having low-ABV options are never a bad thing - hard to find in stouts, too!
koleminer20 (1863) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. On tap at Witch’s Hat on March 17. The pour is jet black with no head and no lacing (I think there is a pattern with their stouts). The aroma is surprisingly nutty. I like the strong almond presence. There is a little coffee on the back end, and some of what I could describe as a cherry cordial (dark fruit and a little cocoa). The flavor seems a bit more oriented to the java side of things with a touch of the nuttiness, but a dominate coffee. The mouth feel is a bit thin, and it’s not really as coating or clingy as a good stout should be. There is a medium carbonation and some good aftertastes; a nice nuttiness behind the coffee and a good dryness