boto (2261) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Nitro: This looked almost identical to a Guinness when he brought it out: if I hadn't seen him pour it I might have mistaken one for the other. The aroma is fairly non-existent. The taste is a bit weak for a stout, but some hints of roastiness. Also, a hair of sweetness in the aftertaste. A better session beer. Terminus (3702) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 8, 2004 12 oz bottle-pours 95% black with small tan head. aggressive carbonation. aroma is much stronger than the tap version, so i bumped up the number. the aroma consists of coffee, dark chocolate, nuts, and very vague expresso notes. Short, sour finish when cold, but as it warms, the coffee notes come out more. This is almost very good, but just falls short with the one dimensional flavors. Thanks to mjames for the bottles!
nitro tap-Tapwerks, OK city, OK-hmm, pretty standard for the fare and subpar for boulevard IMO-tastes like a little more malty guiness to me. very subtle palate and not much roasty flavor at all. hops are not present whatsoever. manolager (20) - Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2003
Creamy start, not a harsh burnt taste in this stout! Sampled it in several different taps, some not properly adjusted yield a bad sample. Simon (42) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 16, 2003
I like it more than I disliked it. A little to nitrogeny for my taste, though. JPDIPSO (6257) - Wauwatosa, USA - APR 28, 2003
Near black opaque with a smallish off white head. Light roast aroma, with flavors that follow. Straight forward drinkable dry stout.
3fourths (9351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
Flat black pour with a medium off-white head, little to no lacing. Almost no aromas up from the glass at all, I was suprised. Flavors of smoked wood and roasted coffee are dominant. Palate is very smooth, with a bitter finish. PhillyBeer2112 (2876) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2004 Draught. A fairly nice dry stout, comparable to Beamish. Very dark opaque near-black, served with thin white head, but with good retention. Aroma was lightly roasty with only a hint of chocolate and nuts. Flavor was again mildly roasty, possibly a bitter chocolate finish. Light creamy mouthfeel from the nitro.
Update for bottle tasting: I want to lower the numbers significantly (to 2.9) but I'm holding off. This bottled sample may have been off. It featured a pretty significant tang in the finish, which could have been an attempt to replicate the Guinness tang, or it just might have been accidental contamination. My notes: Thin fading head over a near opaque garnet, tinged brown. Caramelly chocolate aroma, hint of roast. Full caramel and ashy flavor, dry roasted finish. Tangy finish, lingering tang on the sides of the tongue. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Looks just like a Guinness. Nominal roasty aroma, mild roasty flavor. Not too much to it -- overall, fairly disappointing. Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2002
Dark and smokey but a bit thin. Overall pretty decent though............... HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - SEP 7, 2002
I had this on tap at a resturaunt in Branson, MO. A bit hoppy for a stout (most micro-brewed stouts are) but the hops were not overbearing. Nice creamy mouthfeel. I like.