Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2009
On tap at the Baer’s Den. Pours like a Guinness - they even take the time to nitrogenate it. In spite of these efforts, it falls quite short. Aroma is completely absent except for a very faint Pilsener malt quality (what the hell? I think). Taste is of Pils malt and roast...much more like a screwed up Schwarzbier than a dry stout. Anheuser Busch must only take the time to buy one type of malt. Pils + Black malt only does not make a dry stout. Pretty bad, at least American Ale took a half swing at the style. sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2009
It really tries to be decent, but fall way short.. looks promising on the pour but that about it. Overall weak in ever area. BeerFanDan17 (1122) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Stout? Really? You really can’t macrobrew a stout and expect it to be good. Somewhat creamy, but overall lacking in every area. thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Probably one of the worst stouts i have ever put in my mouth. Weak in flavor, almost like a watery body. Very unimpressive for a stout. Hey AB let the micros make the stouts and porters you stick to you mass produced lagers. glennmastrange (2942) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Tap. Light aromas all around, roasted and coffee for the malt, resin and maybe earth for the hops and yeast. Head is large, off-white, creamy with good lacing and is fully lasting. Color is dark brown with a red tint. Flavor starts lightly sweet, moderately acidic and a touch sour, then the short finish is lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is watery, light to medium and has a soft to lively carbonation. An interesting attempt by AB. Looks good, tastes weak.
whartonbrewer (39) - San Franciso, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Great appearance. Malts were roasty and refreshing. Not a lot of depth to the beer, but an average overall stout. BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 24, 2009
I had this on tap at the Wintergarden Bar in Livonia, MI. A friend actually got it for me, as it was there beer of the month, and I had never heard of it, but it only took one sip to realize that this wasn’t some small time beer. I think it’s AB’s attempt at competing with Guinness. It certainly looked the part, and in a blind test, I would be lying if I said I could tell them apart. Oh well.. CanIHave4Beers (4245) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2009
The Library Bar in Des Moines was democratically selected by an unbiased panel to have the best nachos in Des Moines. I can attest that this is very much true, and that the Nachos are amazing. The quality level of the beer at this tavern has had far less consideration, perhaps they were too focused on Nachos. I freaking love seeing this stuff on tap though, I remember for like three months in 05’ when every bar got it in then immediately took it off tap. There are a rare few pubs that still serve it and well I guess I let nostalgia get the best of me the other day. The stuff pours dark, like any of the other nitro draught stouts, but they couldn’t even get the head right on this stuff not terribly tight, a little too fizzy and way too thin, leaving very little lace. The aroma is faint a little musty but hints at some chocolate notes maybe a little wet hops, maybe I’m just imagining things. The flavor is largely bland and light but there are some nice things happening in the background, certainly some coffee and no doubt some weird burnt notes.
The palate skips right past creamy and dives headfirst into wateriness.
Just another wonderful failed attempt by AB to exploit a particular demographic.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Draft at Phia Airport. Poured a nice black with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and coffee. Had a weak stout taste. Low carbination and and solid flavors. Not a bad stout but lacks some robustness I was hoping for. Not bad though. 6ROW (473) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2009
black cascading foam pour with 2 finger brown head.aroma of roasted malt with malt coffee taste, harsh hops finish.
Note: at time of tasting i had no idea this was a product of anheuser! we done.