daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle. Black pour with a small tan head. Aroma is roasty as hell with some smoke, chocolate and an odd chemical note. Flavor is very thin, watery and way over roasted. This beer fails to come together. Overrated by far. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2009
In short: A dry and very roasted stout with a strong cacao presence and a good hopping. Nothing original but this is highly drinkable.StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - JAN 5, 2009
How: Bottle 22oz. Purchase when I visited the brewery, consumed when 8 months of age
The look: Almost black body topped by a large tan head
In long: Nose is lightly roasted with cacao notes and some locker room sweat (I get that sometimes from certain hops). The beer feels rather dry, almost chalky. Not fruity notes whatsoever. Short but sharp hops bitterness. The beer was maybe a little too roasted and chalky for its own good, like trying to swallow cacao powder, it felt like it was getting stuck in my throat. However the floury cacao flavour was rather pleasant and the bitter finish was nice. Strong hops presence that soften-up the beer with a mild juicy bitterness. Medium body with an expansive carbonation. Pleasant straightforward brew that does the basic things very well, a very good example of Keep It Simple Stupid. Cleveland area people are lucky to have that little brewery/brewpub in their backyard. A backyard in serious need of a groundkeeper I must add.
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2009 Slightly let down with this one. Fairly watery and one dimensional. Aroma is great: lots of oat, chocolate, and roasted barley, however, not much of it comes through in the flavor. Just way too thin. No oatmeal or chocolate. Drinkable and OK, but nothing special. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle from miketd awhile back - thanks! Dark brown color with a big roasty, somewhat smoky nose. Flavor is big with lots of roasted malt, light coffee, and dark/bittersweet chocolate. Pretty good foreign stout. BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2008
A bit of a chocolate phosphate. Hints of hops on the back end. Thin mouthfeel. Some smoke.
BuckeyeBoy (7663) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle Pours out a nice black topped with a tan head. Aroma of sweet roast and some light coffee. Tast of rich malts, bitter chocolate and some coffee. Not to bad. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle in trade from miketd. Thanks dude!
Pours dark black with a fizzy tan head. Smell is dry chalky chocolate roastiness and a bit of smokiness. Taste is dry and roasty with a bit of a jerky smokiness. Kind of tobaccoy as well. Bit fizzy carbonation, but not too bad. Medium bodied. Pretty tasty all around and a nice dry, yet flavorful stout. jake65 (3689) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle: Black with a large, fluffy beige head. Nose is sweet and roasty. Tastes heavy in the roasted malt with a bit of coffee and some tobacco notes. Some bitters. Nice lacing and a creamy feel. Thanks for the Buckeye brew from BuckeyeBoy! bierkoning (13352) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2008
Bottle from Secret summer santa. Almost black and opague. Pours a huge head. Roast, coffee and dark chocolate in the aroma and flavor. Just a bit creamy mouthfeel. Cappuccino and ash in the aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, well balanced beer. MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Bomber. Pour is a thick and dark brown with about three fingers of tan head. Aromas are chocolate and burnt malt with a touch of whisky or anise and charcoal. Flavor is excellent… don’t get me wrong, if you want a big, huge, gigantic imperial stout with tons of alcoholic burn, this isn’t it. Still, it is full-flavored and well-balanced as all of the suspects who presented themselves in the nose are in their full glory in the flavor.