Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2016 GTown (127) - New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at McGregor’s. Pours dark brown with tan creamy head (classic Guinness appearance). Aroma was negligible. Notable chocolate notes. Roasted malt flavors are more apparent this year. If directly compared to Guinness, I will take this as a session stout any day.
On tap at brewpub
Darkmagus82 (2302) - - SEP 4, 2014
On a warm summer day this stout offered a change of pace with a fresh malty bill. It remains mostly unremarkable though with nothing to set it apart. If big stouts are your thing you probably have to go further south around the lake to Jamestown. Otherwise for hanging out by the water there are worse choices.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black base rests under mocha head. Black coffee smells like cooling liquid at dawn after a full day (and night) of road tripping. It gets the feel right without much fanfare.
Flavor / Palate - Smoke and mild sweetness slowly work their way across the palate. The bitterness eventually goes a bit too far with a texture of burnt toast. Overall the experience remains weak even for a light stout. I would probably still give it a shot again though if I visited either of the other two locations.
Transfer from BA review on 3-29-13-
Served on nitro tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a cola brown bordering on black color. Upon serving there is a cascade of bubbles streaming through the brew producing a one finger cream colored head that has a decent level of retention, with it fading over about three minuets to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass and a persistent small film on the top of the brew.
Smell - The aroma is very light overall with just hints of lightly toasted malt and coffee as well as a bit of earthy hop.
Taste-The taste begins with a roasted malt and light cocoa flavor. The taste is rather dry upfront with a bit of sweetness of a caramel taste coming through in the middle. The caramel is short lived however and fades again more toward the end. With the advent of some slightly bitter roasted coffee and more cocoa joining the roasted malt base, a dry and very lightly bittered flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – Being a nitro, the body of the brew is on the creamier side with a carbonation level that is well… creamy from the nitro. The thicker feel from the nitro is nice of the roasted and dry flavors of the brew, but is overall rather normal for a dry Irish stout on nitro.
Overall- Not a bad dry Irish stout, but nothing all that exceptional. It is very Guinness like in flavor only a little bit richer and more intense. generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
It was black as night, thick and opaque. The nitro tap creates a thick and very creamy dark tan head. This smooth tightly packed head lasts forever and coats the glass with lace as I drink. The aroma has a dark roasted/toasted malt character with notes bitter bakers chocolate, earthy minerals and light herbal hops. The easiest way to describe it is to call it Guinness’s bigger brother. It has a good medium body with nice roasted and toasted maltiness which briefly hints at some sweetness. There are flavor notes of bitter dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee with a mineral edge that seems to come with all nitro tapped beers. The hops also add some light herbal notes and pleasant bitter dryness. Its texture and carbonation are extremely smooth and velvety.
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Had on draft @ the Ellicottville brewpub in Ellicottville, NY .. . pours a deep brown .. light foam .. . light guinness syrup .. light roast .. a bit weak but its going down nicely .. . . Just tell me what’s wrong with the freakin’ show! KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2009
BLACK JACK OATMEAL STOUT. On Nitro. Roasted Oat Aroma. Dark body medium tan head. Very creamy. Roasted malt flavors with oat. Hints of oak or bourbon.
cdugo (31) - , Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
Pours with a thick, creamy head due to the nitro. Pleasant roast aroma and flavors. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2008
draft- nice- little in the way of carbonation which is the bar’s fault- I did not find this to be all that dry. Nice porter like qualities- chocolate, coffee flavors- not much in the way of roast, but tasty regardless. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2008
On tap @ brewpub (on nitro) - Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt. Flavor is roasted malt and chocolate. Medium body. The beer was smooth and not too dry. My favorite of the beers I tried at the brewpub. strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Even medium bodied. Nice roast flavor that isn’t overbearing. Not a whole lot to it, but not offensive swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On tap @ EBC. Pours a milky black with akhaki head. Creamy, medium body. Milky tasting. Some roastiness. ok