Oakes (18794) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 24, 2011
Dark brown. Some haze. Low caramel head. Rich and roasty aroma is straightforward stoutiness, maybe a little bit nutty. Creamy front, with a touch of roast acidity late. Mellow roast, toast and nut character. Probably a bit strong for this type of stout, though. onceblind (10561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2011
GABF 2011. Black with a fading beige head. Aroma of big rich malty dark grains, some coffee, some chocolate. Taste was the same, with lots of malty sweetness, a dose of burnt toffee, on a solid full body with pleasant lingering. stevoj (5569) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 29, 2016
On tap at brewery. This is a solid stout, this close to being something special and just falling short. Minimal head sets the tone, normal roast grain aroma and taste, and a texture that’s just shy of velvety. Good, tasty and robust. Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Draft @ Canteen as part of Solstice Blackout sampler. Black with scant tan head. Nice aroma. A little booze and wood with the dark chocolate. Seems thin at first. Low roast. More chocolate. Chocolate with fruity edges and finish adding balancing acidity. Pleasant and smooth. And on the nicely dry side. nickd717 (4886) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Draft. Dark brown in color with a one-finger tan head. The aroma is nice and roasty and earthy, with caramel and coffee. The flavor has a caramel, roasty, and nutty base with chocolate and earth. Medium sweetness. Medium-plus body with average carbonation. A good stout overall.
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Sampled August 2014dnstone (3524) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2012
A steady pour into my growler produces a dark brown colored head that sits on top of a pitch black beer. The aroma smells of deeply roasted malts, dark cold coffee, burnt whole grain toast, burnt molasses, and as it warms a roasted, concentrated prune like note.
Dry, roasted, burnt, and bitter up front, the beer has some decent body to it without being overly heavy, but due to the burnt character it dries out significantly. The beer has a burnt tartness to it that accentuates a roasted plum like fruitiness, or at least a hint of fruitiness. The dark, roasted malt character thoroughly dominates the flavor profile of this beer; chewy, burnt whole grain toast, slightly acrid / bitter charcoal, burnt chocolate
This is quite a tasty Stout, though it is a bit simplistically focused on the ample roast character.
Deep brown in color with an off-white head. Roasted coffee in both the aroma and taste. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2005
12oz bottle hand bottled by the brewmaster and obtained in a trade with Whaleman. Thanks Dave - Pours black with a short tan head that laces a little on the way down. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, some nuts, and a little bit of vanilla. Flavor is quite roasty. Chocolate malts, some nut flavor, coffee, a little molasses. On the palate this has a somewhat watery mouthfeel but is quite a delicious mouthfeel. Oily with not much carbonation. I got no alcohol that I could detect in this one. A very nice stout. I enjoyed it and am happy that I got to try this one! whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2004
Sampled from cask and on draught. Black body with brown edges and a foamy tan head. Roasty with some mild bitterness. I was getting mostly notes of coffee early on but then it got very chocolatey as it warmed. This is easily Il Vicino’s best stout to date. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Draught at the brewery. Poured black with little head. Soft carbonation. Coffee aroma and light on the chocolate. Thin bodied but still a very quaffable stout. Well done.