bwa5879 (947) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Very explosive opening, overflowing beige head. Once cleaned up it settled to a dark brown to black. Cottony aroma of floral hops and smokey campfire malt. Fairly low carbonation, really foamy yet thin watery mouthfeel, finishes a little smokey but mostly clean. Bitter licorice and campfire roast flavor, burned smoked meat taste too. Thin flavor reminds me more of a porter. Too much carbonation, flavor is okay but everything else is flawed. carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Pours a sold dark, near black, with hints of mahogany red at the edge. Pillows of head form; off-white and persistent.. Initially at 2.5 inches., but settling to 1/8 inch. The nose suggests dark-roasted malts, cooked milk, and chocolate. Medium body, with nice lingering, although the body is lighter than expected for a stout. The palate suggests cacao nibs, malt and distinct bitter notes, with a very pleasant lingering. Belgian lace did form. Carbonation is pleasant and the ABV is not noticeable. Very pleasant and appealing, but not noticeably unique. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 10, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2014 Tap @ Liberty: Nearly black, some dark brown & ruby highlights at the edges; tan, fine-bubbled head perched nicely on top leaving spots of lacing on its way down. Aroma is very roasted, thick, malty - very robust. Light cocoa powder, faint fudge, a hint of milky sweetness, & even a very timid saltiness in the very back. Light hop presence, lending some herbal notes to the profile. Taste is heavily malty with a nice, smooth bitterness up front; burnt coffee beans, unsweet cocoa dust & cocoa nibs, aggressive roast.... More on the bitter-roasty side than the aroma would lead you to believe. Not much of that creamy sweetness I was getting. Lasting, spent coffee ground mouth coating in the aftertaste. Nice stout! I typically enjoy the roasted/bitter stouts more than most, so this was a pretty nice brew on all accounts. lukedarock (246) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2014
A decent stout, with a distinct flavor has something different to give it a bite of bitter along with some sweet malts Corrinado711 (80) - - DEC 8, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with thin Tan head. Aroma of lactose, roasted malt, chocolate and bread. Taste is chocolate and malt at first with a surprising hoppy finish. Starts like a stout, finished like an ale with a light booze aftertaste . Nice balance though, Mouthfeel is light to medium.
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2014 Nitro tap at the brewery. Should this be a new beer entry? Pours pitch black with a 2 finger thick, creamy head that leaves chunky lacing when it fades. Aroma is very roasty and nutty with some light burnt wood and ashy notes. Taste is really good. Very dense and creamy. Dark roasted coffee, peanuts, burnt wood and very light chocolate. Light sweetness up front and a moderately bitter finish. Medium to thick body, very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Really good nitro stout. Re-rate 10/22/14 - I’m leaving my rating the same because I really remember this beer being great off of the nitro tap. Had it a couple times since, both on tap and in the bottle, and it’s not as good. It’s not terrible but it’s also not memorable. Probably in the 3.4 range. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2012
At the brewery, dark brown pour with a nice tan head. Roasty and dark chocolate aroma. Taste has a little sweetness touch with the dark chocolate roast. Good stuff! Tmoney99 (14623) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Draft. Black pour with an moderate frothy light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Solid sweet chocolate toasted malt flavor with a smooth sweet finish of moderate duration. Soild stout.
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap at brewpub. Pours dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors rich chocolate, dry roasted malts, and a little bit of earthy bitterness. Nothing crazy but this is a solid tasting stout. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Growler. Poured deep brown and fairly inky, with a lovely initial cap of khaki head.. the head settled down fairly quickly, but it held well considering it’s from a growler. The aroma picked up sweeter honey and licorice notes, with a slightly green, sour coffee bean accent.. there was an odd, almost bone-warming dark sweetness that I couldn’t place, but really dug.. enjoyed it. The flavor found burnt and ashy dark malts (licorice and coffee for the most part), with dry-roasty black malt bitterness all around and through the finish.. milkier chocolate kicked in on the back and was really tasty.. sticky, bitter, roasty sugars stuck around for a while in the end. Medium-bodied and delightfully dry on the palate.. roasty sourness worked too.. tasty stuff!