Stine (1802) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2018
Black but not oily with a quickly retreating cola like foam. Initial aroma is sweet but in a luxurious way with both fudge sauce and bitter chocolate, caramel, and roasted pecans. Sarsaparilla and dried cherries, getting a little thinner. Anise and chicory mingle with roasted aromas, and this exchange is always a little unpleasant to me. It highlights bitter, tea-like spicy tones and overwhelms the softer stuff. This carries over into the flavor, which further digs into coffee flavors and associated alkaline bitterness and acidity. Sharp angles of orange zest and other citrus hoppiness reigns it in fairly successfully and the more plush malt flavors are drawn out. Doughy texture, dialed in soft carb. Dark fruit intonations come back in the finish, a black cherry-like flavor.
MavDunk (142) - - MAY 14, 2017
On tap. Poured without much head. Opaque black color. Nose is roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, bread, and dark fruit. A solid stout. Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2017
Had this one several times. Sampled at All Pints North Festival, Autumn Brew Review, Winterfest, and even a 12-oz can. All the same stout profile. Pours an opaque cola brown colored brew with a thick and rocky brownish tan colored head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted Brazilian nuts, a hint of citrus and floral hops. Taste is full bodied, with flavors of roasted chocolate malt, a hint of mocha espresso, citrus and floral hops. Finish is quite smooth, continues the chocolate and mocha aftertaste that slowly disappears. Sure wish there were more craft brews like this while I was in college. Nuffield (4252) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Very dark, not exactly thick but a rich appearance anyway. Quite a lofty head. In fact, my daughter took a couple steps with it (jogging) to carry it to the car, and it started gushing out of the sealed mini-growler. So...there was a lot of body to it. Even so, drank later that day, it was thicker and less frothy than imagined. The flavors were great up front, but had a somewhat bitter quality. Tasted side-by-side, the Hunter Dark Chocolate was the better of the two. Mini-growler from brewery, drank day after purchase. islay (3185) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2016
12 oz. can, consumed on 11-22-16. Pours a medium to dark brown with a large amount of light brown head. The head is quite dark in shade compared to the heads of most stouts. Looks quite good if only for that reason. Pleasant but simple aroma features scents of chocolate and bran muffin. Smell dominated by roasted malts. Orange scent, surprisingly, and the orange continues into the flavor; chocolate orange. A little bit of chocolate lemon as well. Very nice, roasted malt taste. Like a nice char atop a cooked savory food item. Very nice, roasted malt aftertaste. Medium body. Lively in the palate. Easy to drink. Pleasant palate effects. A well above average stout. Not overwhelmingly complex, but the flavors that are present are quite tasty. Well-made and enjoyable; another winner from the best production brewery in northern Minnesota.
vikingguy (1106) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Black with creamy brown head. Sweet malty bouquet. Taste - roasted malt, cream, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Heavy body but not too filling for a bigger stout. Really enjoyed!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2016
Can; pours dark brown with a tan head; aroma of roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee; taste is bittersweet with chocolate, roasted malts, and some coffee; taste is a little bit bitter commonmac (1382) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Tap at the brewery tap room in an 11 oz pour. Pitch black in color with basically no head whatsoever. Aroma is raisin, molasses, and dark roast. Not an overwhelming coffee or chocolate nose. Taste enters the equation initially as a subtle roasted nutty quality before giving way to a later wave of traditional coffee and dark chocolate bitterness of stouts. Thinner mouthfeel than other options. Lingering bitterness coupled with a light sweetness like a piece of chocolate has been consumed. Pretty standard stout in general but decent. AWISLguy (3497) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2015
12oz can from bananabi11. Thanks E! Cola colored with a brownish head. Aroma has caramel, molasses, coffee. Later a touch of a mushroom kicked in. That always overwhelms. Taste is of sweet caramel, brown sugar, and coffee. Medium bodied. Finishes sweet, but not cloyingly so, with the coffee bitterness balancing slightly. Interesting. A couple of ticks more without the mushroom, I’m sure. 13.7 Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2015
(can) Haven’t had many from Castle Danger Brewery (hereinafter referred to as CDB; not to be confused with CIB), but what I’ve tried has been decent, so, I decided to pick up a sixer of this stout on a stretch of 80+ degree days with high levels of humidity. Sound decision. Pours jet black from what I can tell with a large dark tan head that recedes somewhat quickly. Aroma is strong and fairly complex with a blast of chocolate syrup, concord grape jelly, soured coffee left on too long (which I get a lot in these foreign stouts), roasted malt, smoke which intensifies as it warms, and even more chocolate. Flavor contains another slap of sweet milk chocolate which tickles the cloy monster before being pulled from the precipice by ample roasted malt, smoke, and lightly bitter hops. I detect some plum jam as well within the chocolate slap. There’s also a faint twang towards the far finish that helps sear through the sweetness before finishing quite roasty. There’s a slight bit of heat here, but it’s nothing beyond the pale for an 8% beer. Mouthfeel is full and carb is proper. Overall this is a really solid stout. Well done CDB!