ARH (1133) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2014 hoppygrrrl (104) - Albion, Michigan, USA - JUL 29, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
(On tap at the 2003 Michigan Brewers Fest) Not so strange - just not so good! Decent coffee aroma, but no subtlety to the color. Watery.
On tap, poured into an imperial style half pint. Fresh off the pour, the beer smells like fresh baked oatmeal raisin cookies. After this mellows, a sweet, roasted espresso bean note and milk chocolate comes through. The very dark, brown-red beer is topped with a sudsy, light brown head. This reduces to a medium thick ring of micro and small bubbles and a light wispy surface. It leaves a clean glass with no lacing. The taste is a medium bitter with a medium light sweet. The medium malty body beer has a gritty, chewy texture and a fuzzy carbonation. Coffee and oats finish the beer with some dark, dried fruits. A resin-y aftertaste is initially strong, but it fades quickly and is replaced by a roasted note and a dark chocolate covered raisin remain in mellow abundance. It’s dry with a crisp touch ryanfolty (2579) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2014
April 29, 2014 - on tap at Lily’s. Dark brown pour with some head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt and chocolate. Smooth, but a bit thin. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Draft. Thick black stout that was served way to cold. Got a little better as it warmed but lacked a richness. Would try again but only if I had 30 min to wait.
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Draft. Poured dark brown color with an average brown frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt,chocolate and caramel aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet toasted flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good complex stout.
Pailhead (6541) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2012
On tap: The aroma consists of chocolate, roast, and light coffee. It’s a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head that leaves behind some nice webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate with a touch of caramel. The finish has moderate roasted, light nuttiness, and coffee. Medium bodied with lightly fizzy carbonation. Overall, a solid sessionable stout, but I could go for a less fizzy mouthfeel.
mikem409 (2027) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2012
on tap at brewery. pours a medium brown/black with khaki head. slight chocolate aroma and some roasted coffee. taste is on the lighter side of stout. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
On-tap at the pub. Strange stout in dead, looks and acts like a porter...Pours a very clear dark brown with hints of amber. The head is an equally light tan but forms a great cap with great retention...The aroma is boring, only a hint of chocolate, sweet...The taste is ok, a little chocolate, bitter roast, a porter but very crushable.
Skip this one. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2007
sampled at Lansing Winter Beer Fest 07’...probably the worst beer at the show...aroma was nice and sweet (chocolate and toast)...thin palate led to a bitter, dry roasted watered-down coffee flavor Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Sampled at the 2nd annual Michigan Winter Beer Festival, Lansing. Nice chocolate and roast in the aroma, but the beer was of the thin, acidic woody roast variety, with little depth or heft. Not a show-stopper by any means. thedm (6225) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 30, 2006
This draft brew from the Michigan Brewers Guild Festival poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that was mostly diminishing and left behind a . The aroma was malty roasted malt and toasted malt. The mouth feel was smooth flat and weakly tingly from start to finish with a mild malt bite. The weak flavor contained notes of malt. Not one that I would drink again as it was just too flat and lifeless.