j12601 (13114) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2012
On tap at the Pump Station. Pours a deep black with a thin tan head. Roast and cocoa on the nose. Sweet chocolate, chocolate and roast. Smooth and sweet roast. Nice lactose sweetness. Very nice. Cocoa and dusty roast. Smooth cocoa on the finish. ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 17, 2011
A - Pours a very dark black with just a hint of brown and a nice two fingers of tan-brown head. The head has very nice retention and forms a nice layer on top with excellent lacing.
S - Aroma is full of deep roasted carmel malts and some coffee mixed in. Not very complex aroma, but also very rich.
T - Starts off with a building roasted carmel malt flavor with some subdued coffee flavor in the background and just a touch of smokey flavor. Through the middle the roasted flavor really pops a bit. The finish has the nice sweet carmel malts with a nice blend of roasted flavor and a touch of coffee and sweet milk that lingers nicely.
M - Medium-full bodied with just a touch of carbonation. Just a tad watery at the start, but it seems to become more creamy. Very smooth overall. Nice dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. Super smooth and clean mouthfeel with some very nice balanced flavors. The finish is especially nice both in the flavors that linger and the dryness. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Growler filled at the brewpub and consumed the next day. Pours a deep black with a thin, dense, brown head that lasted through the first two sips and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt, coffee and cocoa. The flavor follows the aroma fairly closely with the same roasted malt, coffee and cocoa. Mild bitterness at the finish. Full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Nice solid stout. Jow (4091) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2010
On tap at the Pump. nice roasted chocolate, some caramel, butter, coffee, and some bitterness. nice ending to the sampler. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2009
Appearance is thick dark brown/black. Has a massive cocoa-brown head; rocky. Some spotty lace. Looks formidable.
Roasted malt aroma but sweet dark caramel. Smells rich and balanced; not overly bitter or sweet. Smell is not dominating. More coffee aroma as it warms.
Balanced flavor with roasted and bitter coffee qualities. Bitter coffee malt with an alcoholic kick. Has a good mix of both bitter and sweet, though not entirely unique.
Feels dry like sandpaper but also buttery smooth. A paradox! It’s an easy-drinker. Balanced and pleasant. A wetter porter style.
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Dark brown pour with light tan head and lace. Toasted malt and coffee on the nose. Burnt coffee, chocolate, and a heavy roasted malt flavor. A good bitter finish. Medium bodied just a breath thin. Nice warm stout with a good lingering bitter. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2007
Tap @ the brewpub. Poured a deep brown color with a beige head. Coffee and roasted malt aroma. Mildly sweet with chocolate that appears as it warms. More sweetness in the flavor. Roasted malt and chocolate. Roasty and mildly sweet finish. Smooth mouthfeel. jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2007
on tap-pours a big creamy retaining light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/chocolate. Taste is dark malt-coffee/roasty/chocolate, some acidic-hops. OK carbonation. frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Head (if there was one) faded to wisps of film over a deep black/cola brown body. Coffee roasts dominate aroma. Sharp mouth which could be fuller/thicker. (Somehow it becomes more dense as it warms.) Well-roasted malt flavor, lightly smoked, touching upon Rauchbier persona. I can see similarities drawn to Guinness FES, but that beer has a heightened sweetness and a tad more chocolate. ABV remains well-hidden.
TaktikMTL (7975) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2007
<font size=-4>Draught pint at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/new-york/albany Pump Station, Albany, NY 12207</font>
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, dégusté chez Albany Pump Station (Albany, NY). Arôme: Odeur de café torréfié et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col beige crémeux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de café. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #922)