ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle into a tulip. From notes.
A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is a three finger khaki shade with layered foam thickness. Layered foam thickness, folks! Thatís worth bonus points by itself.
S: The aroma is straightforward; dry, powdery chocolate is backed by a touch of vanilla. Maybe hints of cream pop up here and there.
T: Chocolate makes itself known immediately, before transitioning to caramel and vanilla in the middle. Some chocolate flavors return in the finish, backed by a subtle mineral note. This one does a great job of striking a balance between being easy drinking and being dessert-like.
M: I think the body could be a little thicker, and a little creamier as well. The finish is mostly dry, however a touch of chocolate sweetness continues to linger. Despite my complaints about the lack of decadence, this is unbelievably quaffable.
O: Itís not the most complex stout by any stretch. However, the way it delicately balances drinkability with a rich chocolate flavor just impresses the hell out of me. I could easily crush a 750 of this and not grow tired of it.
mccarltone (7) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, chocolatey aroma with a nut brown head. Reddish-brown in color and decently opaque. Taste wasnít where I thought it would be...not much sweetness and a bit harsh aftertaste. I also felt like the body wasnít where it should be...a bit thin perhaps. Overall a decent beer but nothing substantial.
Jayb0 (976) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyable, rich stout. Chocolate pervades but doesnít overwhelm. Smooth with a nice offsetting minerality.
obxdude10 (1962) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
My bottle from Wegmans Collegeville says the ABV is 6.9. This beer is very rich, with lots of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, bitter hops and smooth malt. The beer pours a jet-black color with a thick and relentless tan head. The head leaves a cascading lace around the glass. The nose is full of chocolate, cocoa beans, bitter hops and hay. This is a very smooth and enjoyable stout!
callmemickey (2076) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black body, creamy tan head, soapy lacing. Nose is straight dark chocolate. Flavor shows the chocolate from the nose but also shows a ahit ton of vanilla. A bit too much vanilla. Medium to full bodied, silky carbonation, gentle sweetness.
strongpieman (1361) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Overall good stout, not great. Body was a little thin and too carbonated to be a full competitor in this class. Good flavors with richness
agtorange8 (5) - - NOV 22, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite beers. Incredibly tastey stout...........................,,,,,,,,, ....................
bigguns22 (563) - Maryland, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color large lingering tan head. Aroma is soft with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Itís nice to have a stout that is this good every now and then thats not 10% abv. Good flavors chocolate and vanilla leading the way and a hint of sour in the finsh. A little bit thin texture but over all very good year round drinker.
DrinkinWell (123) - - OCT 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark black with tan head. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel notes. Hints of cocoa powder. Not bad.
Jesterdeal (1580) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with my bro round the campfire with símores. Aroma is milk chocolate, vanilla, and a dirty cocoa malt. Pours black with a fizzy white head (a little offputting). Taste is briny and roasty accented with semi-sweet chocolate and a vanilla finish. Neat attempt but the sweet vanilla cocoa is not complementing the bitter oyster roast.
nimbleprop (4146) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
750ml bottle pours a watery, translucent, mahogany brown with some fast fading white head. Nose of dried cocoa powder, malt, a little rootbeer, dust. Flavors of dried chocolate, earthy, a distinct minerality, malt, toast. Odd, chalky finish. Not good.