ClarkVV (6962) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2007 Draught half-pint at NERAX on 5/2/07DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2009
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.....
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. thecrazyroach (8) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2011 does not count
Ok guys and gals, we all know it’s a dry stout. It’s black, smooth, dry, and sometimes hard to get at the Ale House (inappropriate joke goes here). This stout can compete with any other Irish style stout in America, err, Worldwide! It is powered by CO2, not N2, however. Once I got lucky and stumbled across an experimental N2 stout at the Ale House. It’s a good monday, tuesday, or wednesday beer, when the work week still has its demands on us (4% ABV). Overall, it’s a great stout, but what is with the name, Naked? I am phoning the HR department over this one right now. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2007
sampled at the brewery. Aroma is very dark brown/just about black. Aroma is alot of dry chocolate, and roast. Taste is dry chocolate, nice and roasty and bitter, finishes with more dry chocolate and roast notes. very nice.
Christian (13930) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2007
Cask-GBBF. Black with a small light brown head. Roast aroma with licorice, smoke,oak and some fruity notes. Dry and roast flavur with a lasting dark malt aftertaste. fonefan (52396) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2007
Cask gravity @ GBBF 2007, London. Dark black color with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, strong coffee, roasted, peat. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is watery, carbonation is flat. mcox90 (2160) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Sampled at NH Brewfest, 10/03/09, Pours black with a creamy beige head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Palate is thin and dry, not my personal favorite, but true to the style. Flavor is roasted malt with chocolate with a little bit of smoke and wood. RichardGretton (4862) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2007
[email protected]anders37 (27635) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2007
2007. Golden beer with quite a syrupy body. The aroma is peachy and quite lightly fruity and dry. The flavour is malty, bitter and vinous. Overall a nice beer.
Cask @ GBBF 2007. Pours a dark brown/black color with a small tan head. Roasted malty aroma with some hints of chocolate and coffee. Dry roasted malty flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. Roasted malty finish.