Zero Gravity Extra Stout
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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
A slight off-brown head covers the blackish gloom. The seemingly typical Flatbread sweetness works particularly well in here, offering a brown sugar and floury medley that beef up the powdery roasted malts and cast a pinch of anise undertones. Unsurprisingly sweet and malty mouth presence reminds of oatmeal, molasses all going through a considerable roastiness. Not so thick as I first thought, medium bodied with a soft carbonation. The bottom line is that this beer seems to take all the house strengths to pack them up together in one beautiful package.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
Roasted malt and cocoa aroma with strong notes of liquorice and nutty sweetness. Opaque black body with a low brown head that recedes to cover. Grapey notes are strong in the dark malt flavour with plenty of roasted malts and liquorice apparent. Sweet and roast are nicely balanced on the tongue especially in the lasting finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation and smooth texture. Sampled on tap at the brewpub with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Rastacouere and Yowie.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 The Lure:
Vinous fruitiness and chocolatey, caramel malt sweetness unite for a pleasant stout aroma. Its Foreign Stout origins are obvious, though never exaggerated, but cola spiciness tends to reign on the parade.

The Festivities:
Slick roasted cereals are a meal by themselves, creating a slippery mouthfeel. Chocolate-covered grapes benefit from some surrounding roasted bitterness. That cola spiciness reappears in the shadows. An interesting brew, to style, but not branching out into excellence as I would expect some of this brewer’s beers to do.

Climbing to the roof to see further, but not quite there yet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
Deep black pour with brown highlights and a ring of offwhite lace on top of it. Good aroma of biscuity and roasted malt, chocolate and hops. The flavor has the same elements, biscuity and roasted malts, chocolate and hops. The palate is medium and dry, the carbonation is moderate. This is pretty good, not too sweet for an Extra Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
(Draught) Sampled at the brewpub in Burlington, VT. Oily texture. Pours a brownish opaque body. Nose is very coffee, iodine and vanilla. Thin oily milk finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Pours a rich opaque black with dark brown edges and a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet, caramely and very roasty. Body starts rich, robust and sweet with nice dark fruit hints and lots of roasty notes. Finishes dry and crisp, slightly warming. A decently balanced, complex foreign stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Arômes de cerises noires, de café, de sucre et de malts rôtis. Une bien bonne base pour une imperial stout. Houblon de soutien.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2005
Aroma:coffee,torefaction..... Appearance:Black,no head.... Flavor:Hi carbonation,cofee and torefaction...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5804) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 19, 2005
On draught at the brewpub, 4/16/05. Dark black with some cola-brown tinges on the edge. Greyish-brown head recedes to cover rather quickly. Aroma of lightly burnt malt, hints of tobacco and anise. Cola, coffee, chocolate are all present in good measure here, though the intensity of the aroma could be a bit stronger. They serve the beer very cold here. Flavor starts with soft vanilla beans mixed with milk chocolate covered raisins, very easygoing, pleasant roastiness, not overly drying or bitter. Finishes with a good deal of coffee flavor, ilghtly oily, but again not too bitter as to bore the drinker. Good malt body, which is medium and just a slight touch of thinning as it warms. Low carbonation, fairly low fruitiness for the style, but as the bartender told me, it was kind of a dry stout/foreign stout hybrid (and the distinctions can get pretty blurry between the two styles). Very flavorful, I will reiterate, and I was very impressed to find this so well-made already.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4773) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2005
Draft pint at the brewpub. Completely opaque inky evil black with a tiny brown head that fades into a whisper of haze...sweet espresso-covered chocolate nose, just a bit of sherry...dried fruits, especially prunes, through the lightly vinous body, full and quite roasty, just a touch of chocolate and alcohol, generally very dry towards the finish.

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