3fourths (9381) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Pitch black with a small brown head. Heavy roast and chalky toasted grains and smoke, very robust but not heavy or huge. Lots of char and heavy, ashy roast. Very nice, with more smoke in the nose than flavor. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Growler sampled at the Pre-RBSG ’Tosa gathering on 6/21/07: Pours an opaque viscous black with a frothy dark tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malts and earthy chocolate with a touch of doughy yeast. Body starts with a fairly full earthy dark caramel maltiness and a good dark chocolate and roasty finish. A nice foreign stout. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Growler. Poured a very deep brown with a tall, well-retained creamy caramel head. Aroma was of deeper chocolate and caramel notes.. a bit airy, and quite complex.. Very nice! Flavor was of chalky chocolate and caramel with good use of burnt chocolate and black patent malts.. mild chocolate and coffee bitterness.. felt a bit old. Medium-bodied with high-ish bitterness. This was some really good stuff! nuplastikk (6634) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Opaque black color. Roasty sweet chocolate aroma. Sweet with a pleasant bitter balance. Smooth chocolate tones. Light lactic touches. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2007
Tosa gathering, growler: Opaque with a small ring of beige frothy head and very good lacing. The aroma has notes of vanilla and chocolate, toasty and smoky malts, coffee, hint of anise, prune and leather esters. A heavy toasted character greets the drinker with a noticeable bittersweet chocolate and fruity tone as well. An earthy yeasty midesection completed by a smoky and nutty finish. The mouth feel is lush and biting, slightly warming and has a dry mineral like aftertaste. The whole is even better than the parts, a great brew. I need to taste more from this brewery, seek and destroy.
kaser (6471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Had this as part of a flight at Grumpy Troll in Mount Horeb, WI. Black and thick with brown bubbly head. Coffee and cocoa aroma. Coffee and malty creamy tastes. Delicious JPDIPSO (6317) - Wauwatosa, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Near black with a light tan, tight bubbled head. Aromas of roasted malt, light vanilla, dark chocolate and a hint of espresso. Full feel, but not too syrupy and sticky. Flavors match up with the aromas along with some earthiness and touch of wood. Seems to sweeten a touch toward the end with a simple caramel flavor. A nice stout. Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2007
On draught at the brewpub in Mt Horeb, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a fast dissolving off-white/light tan head that disipates clean. Aroma of dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate, coffee, a touch of molasses and some sweet lactose. Taste is full bodied, lightly carbonated with some flavors of dark malt, some chocolate and a little hop character. Finish is sem-sweet with a dark malt chocolate aftertaste. heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Possibly the best foriegn stout I have tried. Black body with a khaki colored head. The aroma has some coffee and milk chococlate. The taste was dark chocolate with some espresso and bread crust. It’s almost like a super dank dark chococlate brownie. Rich and very smooth body with low carbonation. muzzlehatch (4977) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 31, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #88. Draught sample at the brewpub, mid-August 2008. Near-opaque blackness, big lasting tan head...nose of sweet, charred and roasted raisins, burnt malts, light red wine tannins...body is much less sweet, and a bit less interesting, mostly toasty and bitter malts, something reminiscent of cigarette ash...fairly light, strongly carbonated for style, but not thin; it works, overall.