lightning9191 (82) - Christiansburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer pours with about a 1/2" of light brown foam that becomes about a 1/4" in a few minutes. I can pick up some hop characteristic in the aroma along with the chocolate roasty aromas common with stout. I think the label lies about body of this beer as noted in many of the other reviews. This may be the lightest body stout I’ve ever had. The flavor is smooth, roasty, with some coffee flavors. The carbonation seems about right on this one. The aftertaste is of roasted barley. This stout is alright....not enough body or chocolate notes for me.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAR 18, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured watery black with a bubbly tan head. Aroma of chocolate. Good smell. Some flavor of chocolate but very thin and watery. Extremely easy to drink.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
11.2oz bottle. Dark brown with 2 inch slowly fading light brown head and solid lacing. Roasted malt and mild smoky & caramel aroma. Smoky & roasted malt taste, mild bitter finish, a little weak. A notch above Guiness but I’m not sure about those awards on the label.
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - MAR 4, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Apparence: black, creamy/cappuccino persistent head.
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, toast
Flavour: light sour, light salty, light bitter, medium sweet.
little astringent, light body, tiny texture.
very well balanced for a dry stout.
DandyWolfFloyd (1202) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not a lover of stouts, but this was a beautiful beer. It had a much more approachable taste and palate, than Guinness. This is truly a brew worht appreciating. The aroma is somewhat smokey. It’s appearance is the classic very dark brown, not huge head, but acceptable. Flavor is definitely the huge. It’s roast, toasty, smokey sweetness is very delicious. Palate is what really makes this a stout worth choosing over the others. If you have been turned off by Guinness hoppy bitterness, then this will reopen your taste buds to the stout class.
daniele (8911) - ITALY - FEB 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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Maverick34 (3186) - New York, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Sort of like a guiness but a little bit sweeter and with less body. Not bad, not awesome, not bad, not awesome - or so we say...
inultus (16) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at Brannigan Brothers in Lansing, MI. Very tasty, comparable to Guinness but not as bitter. One of my favorite stouts out there. Will not disappoint in a Black and Tan either.
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 25, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, some roast in the aroma, pours a nice dark color with a tan head that lasts mildly. Nice slight sweetness, some chalk, a decent but stout but a bit watery and light. Not bad but nothing very special either.
bhensonb (14983) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of very dark roasted malt. Black color with ruby hilites at the edges. The tan head struggled, but collapsed and filmed. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is really smooth toasted, nigh burnt, malt. There is malt sweetness, roasted bitter, and I think hop bitter. It finishes rather dry, with that strong roast persisting on and on. There might be a touch of smoke. A very flavorful drink.