GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Dark in color with a brown head. Malty aroma with hints of coffee and roasted malt. It is a good beer. pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Poured a redish brown. Roasted coffee aroma. Initial flavor is very weak almost watery. Roasted malt finish. Not very well balanced. If you want a good Stout, I’d pick up some Bells Double Cream Stout. Merrill (79) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Pours not quite black with a thin brown head that dissipates quickly. Very light or thin aroma with coffee and burned oak. Flavor is immediately coffee and roast malt with notes of cacao and a flinty wood flavor. The flavor is somewhat thin, like an English Porter, but quite palatable; somewhat dry, but not sour like Guinness. Good attempt by a local Brewery. timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Dark brown pour, not really black but some blackness in it. White head that dissappeared pretty much immediately. A slim amount of lacing is present however. Some roasted malt, more chocolate in the nose. A little thin and watery throughout. The flavors are mocha, coffee some roast malt, but they are unfortunately subdued by the thinness. Some oatiness, makes for a nice finish. There is potential here if they could just build up the body a bit. The plus is this would be quite sessionable. Dorwart (2607) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Thin head of fine bubbles. Recedes quickly. Roasted malt aroma with some molasses, currents, mild coffee and cocoa. Color is very dark brown. Flavor is roasty with a decent coffee infusion. Very well balanced though. Not too strong in any one direction. Pretty sweet and has a bit of lactose quality in there. Milky and velvety in texture. Finished slightly dry and roasty. A pretty good stout for a brewer of this caliber. Better than expected.
SHANER4 (507) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2008
12 oz. bottle - Pours brownish black color with no head.
Aroma - coffee, chocolate and grains.
Flavor - chocolate and coffee. Roasted nut.
Palate - light to medium mouthfeel with below average carbonation. Finish bitter and short. Kinda sweet !! coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle. Roasted malt and chocolate on the nose, but none of it too overpowering.A little bit of dark fruit in the background, weak oats and malt. Some dark chocolate with a heavy fizz. Nothing about this beer jumps at me and says I need a case. But Not a bad beer either. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2008 nice aroma of oats without being overly sweet. carbonation is sharp and sizzling on the palate amongst the roast. mouthfeel borders on too thin but stays this side of the line. noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Brown black pour with a thin tan head that never really goes away. Roasted aroma, with a bit of raisin and anise, some dark chocolate there, too. Flavor similar. Bright roasted elements are really up front, a tart fruitiness, then fading towards dark chocolate. Finishes a bit sweet. Medium body and carbonation. MrBunn (2843) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Bottle. Most noteworthy thing about the pour is that it sounds like a slightly flat, but still fizzy, cola. Body is dark brown... fizzy head is small and quickly disappears. Aromas are dark and chocolaty. Flavor is good, but simple... but good. Roasted malt and chocolate dominate, with a bit of a sweet finish (molasses and dark fruit?) that then fades into a little bit of an earthy smoky aftertaste. This would be a good stout to give to a buddy who wants to know what a stout is like, but isn’t quite ready for the real imperial experience or anything that really pushes the envelope.