pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Growler fill from half acre... Pours a deep stouty pour, barely lighter at the edges with a frothy light beige head quickly dissipating to a thin wispy film... Aroma of cocoa and soft to medium roast, perfectly fine for the style bu nothing out of the ordinary... Milk chocolate and a moderate degree of roast, semi-sweet in nature. Carbonation is light but present and body is o the softer to medium side. Not bad but not all that special. NikkTwist (3304) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2017 Draft at Bru Craft. Very dark brown/black pour with a thick brown head. Lots of lace. Feels big but the body is a bit thinner than expected. Cocoa nibs. Espresso. Black vinyl couch. Charcoal grill. Burnt nuts. Some vanilla. Faint dark red berries. Oak. Bourbon. Lot going on. Very smooth finish. tmoreau (4593) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2017
On tap at Ellyn’s Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL. and dispensed to a tulip displaying a black/brown hue, with a sudsy layer of light chocolate brown froth, and sheet-like coating of clingy lacing. The nose was roasted, malty, soft grain, and cocoa, with a slight freezer burn scent. Medium bodied, with low carbonation that prompted an impression of lightened texture, the taste was somewhat similar, continued cocoa, a touch of char, a bit of creaminess to the mouthfeel, earthy & roasted bitterness, and a lightly dry finish. A nicely drinkable Milk/Sweet Stout. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 Growler from the brewery picked up for the Bears game (Chicago, IL). Pours a very dark blackish hue, opaque with touches of brown, a cakey moderate darker brown head, stays moderate sized, laces well. Aromas are rich dark cocoa and roasted malts, touches of brown sugar, molasses, coffee grounds. Chocolate, cream, earthy tobacco, touches of lactose but not big. Kinda like a blend of a lot of cacao, rich and dark, dry roast. The sweetness is there, but it is so much more. Almost like a stout brewed with a Brown Ale appeal. Initial is medium bodied, throwing roast and cocoa, dark cacao nibs, touches of molasses, brown malts, roasted malts, sweeter cocoa and toffee. Touches of biscuits. The beer itself is a little light on body, with dry and roast lingering on, cacao and some sweetness, light lactose, toast and touches of earthy tobacco and brown malts, roasted barley. I think the surprisingly less sweet beer makes it a little thinner on body overall. Really, this feels like a chocolate loaded brown porter to me. Touches of milk sugar, but it really falls behind to me. Roast, dry, cocoa. Touches of coffee grounds work there way in a bit. Not a bad beer, tasty, just a little bit underbodied and not as sweet as you’d expect a sweet stout to be. A great display of cocoa.. The natural way with some light touches of sweetness and plenty of unsweetened dark chocolate, roasty malts, dry and lingering sweetness hangs on a bit. Me thinks this beer has brought out the homer in some of us.. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
About half way through one of the growlers I picked up. Pours very dark brown with nice large dark tan head. Beautiful looking stout. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malt and unsweetened chocolate. A bit of lactose, but not much. Finish dry and roasty. Mouthfeel is a thin. A little thicker body and we would have a real winner. Solid beer none-the-less.
b3shine (9072) - Indiana, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bomber to snifter (thanks Beerpig317). Looks good; black with beige lacing. Smells solid; dark malt and chocolate with some roast too. Tastes like it smells with More roast and an an average mouthfeel. Not bad. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a black hued body and medium sized tan head with some good retention. Aromas are fudgy, coffee, cola, soil, bready malts and dusty. Flavors are dusty, nutty, fudge and cocoa. Medium to strong sweetness, a touch thinner than I expected. Medium carbonation. ARH (1134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
On tap, poured into an imperial pint glass. The aroma is immidiately a warm cookie and cacao, which then turns to chocolate malt (strong lactose presence) and a roasted grain late. It pours a dark, nearly opaque, brown black with a tan, soft foam and soap head that leaves moderate micro-bubble lace, and reduces to messy soapy medium thin ring, before disappearing from the surface altogether. The taste is a medium / medium-high sweet with a medium bitterness supporting it. It’s oily and smooth, turning sticky with warmth, and thin. A zippy carbonation aides the drink in going down easy. A medium body starts with notes of licorice that fade as chocolate malt takes over. There a light roasted and burnt quality near the end with some citrus appearing at the finish. It’s a bit gritty and grainy, with hints of rye late that lightly linger. Niko100 (2981) - Chicago, New York, USA - APR 21, 2015
Tap; Dark brown color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, cocoa, & chocolate; Flavor of slight sweet malt, milk chocolate, caramel, and some coffee notes; The nitro draft was on the thin side - but not bad overall. Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bomber. Dark brown with an average tan head. Aroma is chocolate, cocoa, and roasted malts. Taste is rich chocolate, cocoa, with milky coffee and roasted barley. On the thin side. Pretty good.