thomat (3868) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2008
Very dark brown with a medium tan head. Coffee and tobacco tones. Roasted, malt and bitter. Medium body with a dry finish. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2008
750mL bottle, BB 5/28/09. Poured deep brown with a very nice cap of creamy tan head... stuck to the glass a bit. The aroma picked up dry, sweeter chocolate and coffee notes with caramel rounding it out.. quite well balanced and welcoming. The flavor had semi-sweet chocolate and caramel at the core with light coffee and hay-like bitterness on the edges.. semi-sweet chocolate again on the warm, cake-like finish. Dry on the palate especially on the back.. medium-bodied.. excellent flow on the palate and very desserty in nature. Great brew! cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 1, 2008
completely blacck, nice lasting cafe a lait head, major notes of liquorice and hard roasted malt, minor of coffee, dark chocolatte and hops . Sweet and bitter in the long dry aftertaste. MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Poured from a 750ml swing-top bottle and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a deep, dark brown with a one-finger thick head of tan foam that lasted forever. Heavy lacing covered the inside of the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of heavily roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. The flavor consisted of burnt malt, coffee, licorice, light chocolate, and a touch of citrus hops. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and velvety smooth. Moderate carbonation. A dry Irish stout with a touch of sweetness. Pretty tasty. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 20, 2008
THOUGHTS: Way better than Guinness. Opened with a huge pop as the cork was pulled, but had a little too much carbonation. It would have been nearly perfect with a little less carbonation. I’d love to try this one cask conditioned.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was black in the glass with red highlights and an average-sized, foamy, light tan head that kept a nice sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy toasted, roasted, burnt and mild coffee malt. The initial flavor was lightly sweet; while the finish was moderately sweet and heavily bitter with an average duration. There was lots of roasted, burnt and coffee malt then all coffee and burnt bitterness. Nice balance though. The medium to full body was creamy and slightly oily with very fizzy carbonation and a light to moderate astringent finish.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2008
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a craggy tan head that recedes leaving a foamy ring. Nose is dusty coffee with hints of citrus and licorice. Smooth body with a faint tang. Taste is watery dark roast and Baker’s chocolate. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2008
Pours a mostly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a frothy, clumpy-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel and chocolate malts with some roasted coffee character. Body starts lightly sweet and earthy roasty with some bitter balance and a drier, lingering roasty finish. Smooth, well-balanced and drinkable a nice stout. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Very black with a big brown head and heavy lacing. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt, mild coffee and chocolate. Very good and drinkable. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Bottle: Pours black with a big creamy tan head. Aroma, roasted notes, chocolate, coffee, with some bitter notes as well. Flavor, coffee, roasted notes, an earthy coffee bitterness to it, a bit harsh at times, but pretty good overall. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2008
(750ml bottle) Pours a black body with a thick rocky tan head and good lacing. Aroma of heavily roasted malt, toasted grain, light smoke/burnt, husks, and light chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.