auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Deep black tar pour with a deep rich frothy brown head, slightly diminished. Rich meaty savory aromas. EXTREMELY toasty flavors full of coffee, chocolate, burnt cherries and sweet pipe tobacco. Finishes dry, but smooth with a touch of hazlenuts. An extremely rich and astounding brew. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2005
Black Coloring with Tan Head Heavy Roasts on the Nose. Carried Through on the Tongue..Heavy Mouthfeel and Dry Aftertaste. Solid Malt in the Background. An All Out Fabulous Coffee Roast Malt. jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2005
on draft at the brewery. wow, this is better than i expected it. most small-time stouts are middle-of-the-road at best, usually falsely nitrogenated, and bland despite some roast. this is quite an enjoyable stout, however, and easily the better of the few brews i had at the Library. awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a deep brown color of rich melted dark chocolate. The aroma is rich and succulent, dripping with dark belgian chocolate and medium roast coffee maltiness. Some vanilla and light oak tones are notes as well. The flavor is incredibly full bodied, making this especially remarkable if the above denoted ABV of 5% is accurate. There is a lot of flavor and texture packed into 5%. Great balance between the rich toasty flavors and the dry finish. A subtle deep fruity flavor of roasted prune livens up the smokey, woody malt profile. Delicious, incredibly rich example of the style. EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Part of a sampler at the Library in Houghton after 4 days sailing on Lakes Michigan and Superior, and being pounded off Superior. Happy to have a beer. Never-the-less, this was a very good beer. Coffee, roasted malt, burnt maple, all in a drinkable package. I wish I had one right now.
BeerandBlues2 (13303) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 19, 2017
Draught at the brewery. Pours opaque black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention. Aroma is rich roast and chocolate malt with prunes and dates, and medium earthy and woody hops. Flavor is bitter roast, coffee and chocolate malt with dark fruits, medium earthy and woody hops and bitterness and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation. stevoj (5031) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Every brewpub has to have a signature beer, this could be the one for The Library. Dark and smoky, bitter and biting, black as engine oil and just as slick. Hints of dark chocolate and espresso. A sipper for sure. muzzlehatch (4958) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2006
5 oz draught sample at the brewpub, late July 2006. A dark touch of head lasts for the whole 10-sample tasting (and its not nitro!) atop the thick jet body....big bitter chocolate-espresso nose, hugely roasty and dripping with character.....doesn’t hold up as well on the tongue, the bittersweet chocolate is just a bit weak and lacking in the complexity the nose hoped for....milky-smooth mouthfeel is pleasant, but somehow this didn’t quite deliver. Still a pretty nice rendition. badgerben (5170) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2011 Another glorious Michigan growler from CharlesDarwin! Huzzah! Black color with a very thin head. Mmmm... big coffee and roasted malts in the aroma. Woah! If they were milling for my nose, they amassed an army to fight my tastebuds! The coffee turns to espresso roasts in the flavor and heavily roasted malt borders on burnt without actually going there. A little smoke and wood, but that’s probably leftover from the malts. A damn fine stout. I just wish I didn’t have to share with my friends... 8/4/8/4/17GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Re-rating, June 15, 2011. Yeah, this has changed. Black color with a small head. Light coffee aroma. Dark chocolate flavor. Chalky feel. A bit of molasses after warming.
On tap at the Library. The best of their beers I tasted. Dark black with a mocha colored head. Not much aroma to it, but very full roasted flavor, a nice dry finish to it.