Brewosk (137) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2007
Very dark pour with hints of roast caramel and chocolate. Some coffee bittterness in tyhe finish for a very good stout TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2008 on tap at brewery black with medium head smelt of coffee and roasted malts with flavors of coffee,chocolates and smoke.a very good stout the best beer i have had at the pub jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Draft at Carlyle. Pours black with about a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and a little burnt malt. Taste is about the same. Lightly bitter and lots of coffee and dark chocolate. This beer is great and I’m happy this one is almost always on tap when I head in there. Rupp (13) - Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2004
Very black, good head retention and appearance. Would like more base malt flavor and aroma to balance dark malts. Chocolate malt seems to be dominate. Overall, a smooth and full-flavored stout. muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Sample at the brewpub. Pitch-black, lasting dull brown head. Thick, creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. MOR stout nose (chocolate-bitter coffee); rich, espressive flavor profile, with semi-sweet chocolate, raisins, sour cherries making themselves known. Long bitter finish...just enough dryness. Very lovely.
gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Had this one on draught as part of a sampler flight at the brewpub in Rockford, Illinois. Dark brown pour with a thich tannish head, coffee malts and smoke permeate this one with sweet kopi manis towards the finish. A good stout. beastiefan2k (4033) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Sampler @ the brewpub, the best of the regular offerings. Fully black color. Aroma is awesome with lots of chocolate, dry cocoa, and other aspects that make it come off as a sweet, creamy pastry. Some charred elements in there as well as roast. All the aspects I like in a stout, melding well together. Taste is less complex with more roast and a watery flavor of a dry pastry. Easy drinking to boot, I would stop by just to have this one again. BelvidereIPA (140) - Belvidere, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Had a pint at the brewpub. Pours a soft black, with a rich tan head. Has a caramel, malty aroma, Smells of a hint of coffee/chocolate but the roast outweighs the sweetness. Has a medium, bitter taste. Almost makes it to a Imperial Stout, falling just short. Good Stout. Big fan of Carlyle....this is one of the reasons why. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 On tap at the brewpub on 6/20/07: Rich opaque appearance has a roasty dark chocolate nose. Nice smooth roasty flavor with some earthy dark caramel presence. A nice stout.
Brigadier (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2007
GABF 2004: Dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate and a touch of roasted malt. Starts lightly sweet turning a touch drier toward the bland finish. This could use a touch more body and complexity, but is still a smooth drinking beer. I do expect a little more out of my stouts though...
On tap at brewpub
I wound down the sampler flight with this beer. There were two versions on tap so I opted to try the regular before comparing it to the black walnut seasonal release. Overall it is a very solid stout that does everything well. It was a bit of a suprise to find though I shouldn’t be too shocked. Carlyle seems to do well with most of their releases.
Aroma / Appearance - A deep black body swirled fluidly around the sides of the small glass. Malt and charcoal played against smoky coffee. It was solid without being overly thick.
Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel was full bodied from the start. Smoke, ash and peat create a very nice profile that does everything right. Without any major flaws I would drink this in cool circumstances. A growler would not have been out of the question if I had brought one with me.