pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Tap, sampler glass.
Dark opaque black in color, with no aura appearing around the edges of the glass...thick. Coffee, and roasty toasty malts on the nose. Bitter coffee flavor, dark chocolate, espresso, toasty malt, dry on the tongue. Decent stout. Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Sampled at beer night at the Coney. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and butterscotch. It is a complete black hole by the looks. THe flavor is creamy coffee caramel latte with a little molasses and some fruity characteristics. A decent thick body. Nothing too over the top but really tasty. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2008
I felt that this was the best of the marzonis brews I tried BY FAR. Pours a jet black color with a large amount of froathy browth head that stays. Aroma is roasted coffee and cream. Flavor and mouthfeel are very very creamy and smooth. Dry roasty flavor, slight coffee taste - like a slightly more bitter guiness. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
On tap @ Duncansville. Pours a dark brown, almost black body with a wispy brown head. Nice roasty nose with a good bit of coffee. Great roasty and coffee flavor, with a burnt malt finish. A little bit watery in the mouthfeel with moderate soft carbonation. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Draft at Allison Park. Pours black with a quickly dissipating head. Faint aroma of dark roasted malts. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Flavor of dark roasted malts, molasses, and old coffee. Finish is dry, slightly thin, with a small hint of tangyness. Rather simple, but not offensive by any means. The assistant brewer was screwing around and filtered some through some coffee grounds, turning it into a fresh breakfast stout. It brought some over for me to dry and it was rather interesting.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2008
(Duncansville) Small tan head with brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee and cream. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some cream, light burnt, chocolate. Creamy medium body, low carbonation. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Sampler at the Allison Park location, 02.03.08 (Super Bowl Sunday). Tar, tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, pine, caramel, anise. Flavor is the same with smoke and roasted nuts. Nice creamy, dry finish. Thus far, my favorite Marzoni’s beer. 3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2007
5 oz sample at the brewery. Dark brown colored body with red light at the bottom and top of the glass, topped by a dark brown, tiny-bubbled foamy nitro head. Light coffee and medium roast in the nose, with a similar flavor up front that turns more dry and pasty over the middle, with an almost tart/parched dry beachwood and char note into the finish. Very roasty and full flavored, but the nitro body is poorly done, and it falls apart thin and loose on the tongue rather quickly. They told me with straight faces that they sell growlers and growlers of this nitro stout. Ugh. Overall, it would benefit from either more heft, more chewiness, CO2, or all of the above. It’s a decent enough recipe but they’ve got to work on presentation. mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
On tap 10/25/07 as part of a sampler rack. Nitro pour, icky. Black in color, tan fake nitro head, decent retention, no lacing. Very low aroma, little bit of maltiness. Flavor is a little harsh with lots of highly kilned malts and very little backbone. Kinda watery too. LinusStick (3506) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2007
On tap at Marzonis in Allison Park. Not a very good dry stout at all. Pour was the best thing about it. A dark black with a 2 finger tan head. I saw that and thought, "Wow, this will be good".Nope. Aroma was decent. Coffeee and roasted malt. Taste was very weak. Carbonation was nil. It’s like this beer changed to water mid swallow. There was a very bitter roasted malt/hop aftertaste which helped. All in all not good.