brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Pitch black pour with a tan head. There’s a strong roasted malt aroma, dark chocolate, and coffee. Some earthy hops, graham cracker sweetness, and molasses. The flavor is heavy on the roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Notes of molasses, licorice, and graham cracker. DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010
Hop and some roast aromas. Dark coloured a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a hint of bitterness in a coffee roast finish. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 21, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Color was classic looking; black with a creamy and light brown head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa, roasted malt and lactic like sweetness. Flavor was very roasted and meaty; with caramel undertones and a nice after taste. Good stuff. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 23, 2009
Tap at the brew pub. Black pour with a tan head. Very roasty, bitter chocolate and some coffee. Couldn’t get alot of aroma from it, but the flavor was very good. Oakes (18794) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2008
Dark brown with a thick, bubbly head. Lush chocolatey aroma. Light roast. Lots of chocolate on the palate. Beautiful sweet malts, but some thin/husky character late.
Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2008
Opaque brown-black with tan head. Scattered lace. Burnt grain, coffee liquor aromas. Soft oaty mouthfeel, low carbonation. Sweetness emerges with creamy chocolate milk. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2009 On tap at Mainstreet. Black with creamy light tan head. Chocolate roasty aroma. Medium bodied creamy palate. Chocolate and coffee syrup taste. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Smelled heavily of chocolate and to a lesser degree roasted narley malt. Chocolate hints are definitely present. Deep black with a large mocha head. Huge and dominate coffee flavor in the fore-no chocolate or otherwise seet notes-lots of burnt roastiness and a medium bitter finish. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - SEP 24, 2005
(Draft: 2005 San Diego Festival of Beer in San Diego, CA) When I first moved to San Diego in 2001, I volunteered to pour beer at a festival in San Marcos (the one and only time this festival existed). I got to try numerous beers at the festival before doing my pouring duties, and felt that Main Street’s Black Pearl Stout was the best beer there. So imagine my luck when I was assigned to pour for Main Street. I bragged all afternoon that I was pouring the best beer at the festival, and the brewer and his wife were amazed at my enthusiasm. Ever since, I’ve seen them at festivals all over San Diego County, and they are great people. And this beer is still wonderful.
Having tried five mediocre beers tonight, it’s about time I drink something I know will be tasty and enjoyable. Black Pearl Stout is just the beer I need. Roast and sweet chocolate is the name of the game here, with only a moderate bitterness for some balance to keep the beer lively and interesting without sacrificing the style. The nose features strong roast and toasty grain, with lots of chocolate. Medium-full bodied, trending toward full, slightly sticky, but not cloying. Very dark brown in color, almost totally opaque, except at the edges. The tan head pours small and settles to a thin ring. I do love Black Pearl, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. And it’s always nice to know there will always be a good stout at a festival if Main Street Brewery is there.