Lonick (2509) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 3, 2017 Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
$3 16oz "tall boy" can poured into a Samuel Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance: Pitch black... car oil kind of black. There’s a tiny head, but it goes away almost instantly, with just a thin, brown layer of foam on top. Lacing, at least initially, is sexy.
Smell: Super dark, roasted malts is the most notable thing here. However, there’s plenty of chocolate-like notes as well, with some vanilla. The vanilla definitely comes out more in the aroma than it does in the flavor, which MAY be a good thing. (The vanilla is the main thing that drew me to this beer).
Taste/feel: What a stout. Forget the fact that it comes from a can. What. A. Stout. Balanced very, very well. It’s never too sweet, or too bitter. Front of the sip is a bit of dark fruits (?) for sweetness, but then there’s pretty much nothing but malty, chocolate goodness until the end. As the beer warms up, the beer seems to get a tad bit more bitter, and the vanilla comes out a LITTLE more, but I notice a lot of people complaining about the vanilla in it. To be honest, I don’t really get much at all (at least when it’s cold)... and that disappoints me. It’s there in a subtle way, but I actually wanted a little bit more. Regardless of that, this is still a slick-in-the-mouth, quality stout: an absolute delight.
Bottle @home (rating backlog). Pours black, tan head. Nose is dark chocolate, roasted malts, slight coffee. Taste is more of the same with vanilla coming through, sweet marsh-mallow, more milk chocolate on the taste. phaleslu (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2017
16 oz. can from the Free Beer Week box sent by gregwilsonstl - thanks again, Greg! Pours a dark, nearly opaque coffee brown with a finger of tan head that settles into a ring and light film, leaving a few ropes of trailing lace in the glass. Super smooth, with creamy milk chocolate and fudge, sutble vanilla, tobacco-like hops, mild coffee and roasted malts, and the slightest dark fruit tang. Light-bodied, with a smooth, thin, sweet mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really easy sipper. Not overly sweet. The vanilla here is subtle, and I appreciate that. Makes it more crushable. gregwilsonstl (2578) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Very strong chocolate milk aroma explodes from the can. Nice cocoa nib flavor. Cola like carbonation. Vanilla. Roasted. Which it was a bitter thicker. Top 50 sweet stout for a reason. Sdaniel90 (1090) - Mexico City, MEXICO - DEC 26, 2016
Can. Opaque dark brown, creamy/frothy light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, lactose, light alcohol. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation. Thick and creamy. Medium sweet, medium to light bitter. Deep toasted flavors into a smooth coffee finish. Percy0103 (775) - MEXICO - DEC 19, 2016
Can, 1 pint. A dark beer with a medium size brown head. Aroma is of coffee, dried fruits, alcohol and hints of metal. Taste is medium bitter with a dried fruit characater. Medium bodied with almost no carbonation. Sweet vanilla finish. Feels kind of alcoholic.
Johnstledger8 (1255) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 1, 2016
Draught. Pours an opaque reddish brown with a quickly fading light brown bubbly head. Aroma is of biscuit, chocolate, dark fruits, liquorice. Taste is of chocolate, dark fruits, nuts, raisins, liquorice. Light oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Punkero (462) - FINLAND - SEP 23, 2016
Sweet. Stachy. Espresso. Caramel. Roasted well. Caramel. Basement. Lovely alright. kraddel (8618) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 21, 2016
Thnx to Trevor ! Pours black , good grey head. Smell is roasty. Taste is very roasty, bit bitter, sweet aspects, but not inbalanced. Some coffee notes. Mild lactic . Don’t really get vanilla. Nice enough tmoreau (4538) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Shared 16 oz. can poured to snifters at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a black/brown hue, with a respectable layer of brownish tan head foam, and spots & strands of lacing. The aroma presented hints of freezer burn & woodiness, roastiness, cocoa, vanilla bean including the skin, and a bit of caramel sweetness. A little less than medium bodied, with fair carbonation, and a touch of creaminess to the mouthfeel, the taste was somewhat similar to the nose, with a distinct dose of tobacco that partnered with dryness, and a roasted & earthy bitterness. The texture was also milder than medium, and although not all that sweet & robust, this Stout offered a fairly decent smoothness & tastiness. humpah (304) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2016
Can at Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours black colour with moderate head. Roasted malts, a bit of smoke, ham, a bit bitter aroma, a tad sweet milk. Little below medium body, good carbonation.