DCLawyer (2914) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Pounder can to nonic. Black with huge frothy tan head. A: big chocolate malt, lactose. T: same, with notes of coffee and vanilla. Decent. MaltOne (389) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Pours opaque dark coffee brown with dramatic dark coffee brown head. Nice sweet roasted grain aroma. Flavor is slightly creamy, nice lightly sweet roasted grain, a little gingerbread, with a faintly darker, burnt toast finish. Palate is medium weight, with a durable finish. Overall, very nice. All the character of a good American stout with a little less weight. mrjaxson (618) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2015
As light and balanced a sweet stout as I’ve had. Really different for the category and extremely tasty. Enjoyed on tap. jshirvan (4) - - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
Tried draft in philly. Simple an clean palate. Doesn't cling. Easy mouthfeel with little aftertaste. Chocolate and coffee notes strong but leave a little to be desired in depth. Head ok. dlovell2 (2308) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Poured from 16oz can. Pours dark brown/black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Flavor start out with a sweet roasted vanilla bean coffee with chocolate flavors following and a roasted coffee finish. Creamy mouth feel. Quickly becoming a big fan of this brewery.
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Poured from 16 oz. can.
Opaque, near black with a small brown head and good lacing.
Aroma started out strongly of vanilla and coffee (although the vanilla dissipated quickly) followed by a strong chocolate milk aroma.
Taste of bitter cocoa, roasted coffee, sweet chocolate milk, a little roasted malt and perhaps a hint of vanilla.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonization.
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UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 Vanilla does come out quite nicely. Sweet stout describes this extremely well. Some coffee taste, no real finish which isn’t a bad thing.
Had it in a can. mtravis63 (30) - Haughton, Louisiana, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Refrigerated pint can. A rush of malt hits your nose out of the can that lends to an earthy, roasty, light chocolate scent. There is a light vanilla trace also but not as strong as the malt. This stout has a rich profound burgundy color with a hazel hue to the head and strong lacing to the glass. The taste of this beer is very complex with a light sweet nutty chocolate serving followed by a slight bitter dash. Secret Stache grabs your palate with a medium body, lightly carbonated, creamy texture that finishes with a nice enduring sweetness. You might want to start you a stache is you are a fan of stouts as this won’t be a secret for long! johnnnniee (4408) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2014
16oz can from Sully’s
Pours a solid dark brown bordering on black with a smallish tan head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of chocolate, roast and vanilla dominate with hints of dark fruit, charred sugar and light earth. The flavor is sweet with big chocolate and vanilla countered with a sharp molasses char kind of flavor happening. Little to no hop flavor or bitterness that I could find. Thick body with an oily sugary mouthfeel and a faint level of carbonation. 5.3 % abv but it drinks like its 9% and thick inky oily as shit. Not something I enjoyed much. woodychevy (874) - - DEC 19, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 Sampler from Joni’s. Wanted to like it more than I am. Pours brown black. Opaque with decent tan head that fades. Coffee and chocolate are there, but the lactose and vanilla in the background should work better than they do. Strange earthy/ mushroomy/ compost quality. Vanilla notes are weird in a fake-vanilla-extract way. Some hop bitterness, but overall sweet and smooth. Somewhat light bodied for a stout. Not bad, just too simple to want another.