MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 8, 2009
My Bottom Line:DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2009
Roastiness galore delivers flavor and bitterness atop the faint caramel sweetness of this very flavorful low gravity Dry Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the brown-tinged black.
-The grain bill mostly yields roast and caramel flavors, and perhaps coffee.
-Hops aren’t too apparent.
-Fruity esters hang on to the caramel.
-The body is quite generous for the style and the abv.
On tap at the brewpub.
Cask Stillage at the GBBF Bar Sans Frontiers Earl’s Court, London 08/08/2007
Fruit and roast aromas. Black and smooth on the palate with some dryness in a crisp full coffee roast finish. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
Cask conditioned - gravity dispense- GBBF2007. A black beer with beige bubbles. The aoma is dry, smoky and roasty. The taste is good dry roast. Some coffe flavours. Nice and tasty. TaktikMTL (7880) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2010
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’un fût, au Vermont Brewers Festival 2010 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de café avec une pointe chocolatée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat avec une pointe fumée. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #3142) AirForceHops (7546) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 18, 2013
Sample at the Brew Pub. Pitch black with no head. Nose is light roasted malt. Taste is normal for the style. Hints of chocolate, notes of coffee, bitter chocolate finish. Thin body that the style represents. Close to any other Dry stout.
SaintMatty (7444) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2008
Cask (GBBF 2008) - Dark in colour, almost black. Slightly tart and smoked aroma. Lightly tart taste with malt and some coffee. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2007
A Mes rate:
Gravicask at GBBF. Black with a tan head. Reasonably pleasant nutty and creamy nose. Flavour along the same lines but very dusty and some rather sickly berries. Nothing too special but I have a feeling this wasn’t on top form. ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2007 Draught half-pint at NERAX on 5/2/07Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2007
First beer from these new guys and I’m very impressed. Lovely, bright appearance is very dark brown with light amber-mahogany tints and a creamy tan head that shows moderate retention, light lacing.
Light cocoa in the nose is not powdery or grainy in the least. Malts are soft on the nose, with semi-sweet bakers chocolate-like aromatics and just the right amount of base malt sweetness. Near perfect levels of chocolate malt that don’t go overboard, but still give enough definition to the style. Light vanilla and some cream notes on the finish give a pleasant, easygoing end to this flawless aroma. Little/no hop apparency, no alcohol/flaws. Medium-high strength of aroma and a very clean, fresh yeast presence.
As clean and put-together as the aroma is, the flavor is where it really shows its finesse. Light roast is chewy and leaves a snappiness towards the finish, while soft pale malts comfort the palate and provide body. For a 3.8 cask stout, you’ve got to absolutely nail the attenuation and balance of dark malts and they did it wonderfully here. Moderate chocolate is not overly bitter and tastes almost flakey on the palate, with a hint of nuttiness and chewy graham cracker-like texture. No flaws, hardly any wateriness, even allowing for the style but immensely drinkable and probably one of the best American beers at the fest. Awesome to see this difficult feat of brewing accomplished. I’ll be makin the trip up to Gardner to check these guys out soon. I may be under-rating this one.....
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2007
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 3     Light Brown(1)->Pitch Black(5) : 4     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 2   Off-White(1)->Dark Brown(5) : 2   Lasting: 2   Lacing : 2   Nitro : XX
Intensity : 2
Yeast : XX   Bread : XX   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Ink : XX   Tar : XX   Olives : XX   DMS : XX
Malt : 3   Biscuity : 2   Burnt Toast : XX   Caramel : XX   Nuts : XX   Pumpernickel : XX   Cereals : 3   Coffee : 3   Dark Chocolate : 4   Vanilla : 4   Grapes : XX   Blackberries : 2   Cherries : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 2   Leafy : XX   Floral : 3   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX Orange : XX   Herbal : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX
Notes :   Earth : 2   Wood : 2   Mint : XX   Smoke : XX   Soy : XX   Bourbon : XX   Anise : XX
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Lactic : XX   Bitterness : 1   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Light(1)->Full(5) : 2   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 1   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : 2   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : 2
Comments: Well fruited, roasted stout that could use more aroma.
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2007 [email protected]
Whiskey aroma with laurel and chocolate. Black color, light brown head, fair lace. Very sweet, whiskey, hint of coffee, light roasted. Sticky and sugary. Kind of a love/hate beer. I decided to average that in the rating. Note: somehow I rated this beer twice at the GBBF but ratings were luckily the same.