john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2017
Keg Half Pint at White Horse American Beer Festival 2016, Parsons Green, London in July 2016 - Black in colour. Slight tan head. Zero lacing. Very Malty; roasty malts, oaty, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, toffee. Fruity. Hoppy; some balancing hop bitterness. Sweet roast chocolate and coffee malty and fruity. Dry finish. Good depth of flavour. Nice Stout! (2016-07-02)
BeerdedDave (1707) - Beckley, USA - JAN 8, 2017
black, nice chocolaty roasted malt aroma; nice, velety smooth,roasted malt flavor with chocolate and coffee notes; medium bodied; moderate bitterness NachlamSie (3483) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Six pack from Mile High. I’m working on the first bottle out of the sixer. I’m surprised I’ve never had this beer before but knowing Firestone Walker, I expect it to be superb. The beer is beautiful: rich dark, dark body with slight ruby glints in bright light. A khaki head forms atop and lingers. Aroma is roasty with espresso, brownies, oatmeal, and chocolate. Full, creamy palate on this one with the perfect carbonation for the style. Luscious chocolate flavors hit the palate without ever being too sweet. Earthy hops come through with assertive espresso notes beneath. The finish is bittersweet with hints of wafers dipped in a cup of coffee. Esters are low. Impeccable execution on this one. cwill (93) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Dark brown to black appearance, brown head with some lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, coffee toasted malts. Taste is very good, malty, chocolatey. Creamy (velvety) mouth feel with little carbonation. Comparable to Samuel Smith oatmeal stout. beer_queue (140) - California, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Pours black with some reddish-brown highlights. Straightforward roasted malts on the nose and a tiny bit of cocoa/coffee if I’m really digging. Tastes malty up front with oatmeal and light coffee trailing behind on the finish. Medium body, low carb, super dry finish. The flavors are dull and overall uneventful. Hella boring.
tightslice (1309) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is roasted malts, slight chocolate / cocoa. Taste is light roasted malts, burnt coffee, ashy cocoa. Not as creamy or flavorful as I was hoping / expecting. ganache (5898) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2016
Bottle marked 10/12/16. Nose of roast malt and coffee, lighter chocolate. Pour very dark brown with a little tawny and a little ruby, both of which remain around the edges, as it never fully darkens to pitch in the glass (which I’ve always found appealing); head is short and oily, tan but ephemeral. Taste is strikingly bitter to start but that’s soon overwhelmed (and set to ’mild’) by the delicious first wave of malt, accompanied by gentle but distinct ash and then cocoa powder morphing to semi-sweet chocolate; cherry and red berry in the mild but complementary fruitiness, very nice medium-roast malt (maybe more like a ’city roast’ if we’re jumping beverages) and again, high-quality malt. Medium toasty, maintains a richness while being dry, and holds all of its elements in balance. Quite the magic trick! Full body but not fat, slightly smooth but doesn’t scream OATMEAL!, and a subtle Fuggly jab in the low background combined with an even subtler earthy-doughy base. I’d like to think porters used to all be like this (they weren’t), as that would explain the massive popularity. [2016.12.13: 4.2] geologyguy (1602) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Very light smell but kind of like Graham cracker...taste is valvetty smooth... can’t taste alcohol at all...pretty much all dark malt and only one flavor...no depth...in Syracuse for 15th year high school anniversary PugUglyBrewer (658) - - DEC 8, 2016
A light entry level oatmeal stout. Can’t see why this is seasonal... light espresso roast and cocoa. Thin-to-smooth mouthfeel. The recipe kind of plays it safe. The nitro milk stout version is a delicious improvement. OnTheTrail (507) - Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2016
Sample at Craft Cellars, DC. Very dark, brown head. Aroma of cocoa. Taste is slightly sweet, some chocolate but not overpowering. Very smooth mouthfeel. A nice winter stout.