bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2016
(Draught) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, coffee, light anise, toffee, and caramel. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 13, 2016
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2016 Deep brown with a lasting brown head. Aroma impression is dark chocolate maltiness with a brine-y and ester-y yeastiness that says this is definitely in the mold of Foreign Stout. Plum and red grape and touches of alcohol (not fusels or harsh ethanol, though more noticeable than you expect for a mid-7% beer) to go with a quiet sea shell saltiness. In the mouth and retronasal the malt manifests as chocolate chip cookies, fudge, and highly toasted cereals. It’s medium-full bodied, lightly sweet with moderate bitterness, effervescent with silky carbonation and only a small dose of roast astringency. Pretty fun stout to find down here in Costa Rica, not overly sweet, lush mouth feel, and the ester and phenol profile is in the vein of Harvey’s.