gripweed57 (2804) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. There’s about a finger worth of a light tan colored head, also. Retention is about average for the style, but the texturing is very nice. Some decent lacing is left behind.
S: The aroma is rather muted, unfortunately. There is a presence of chocolate backed by some brown sugar, and there’s even a touch of hoppiness. As it warms up, it becomes quite caramel-forward...too caramel-forward, actually.
T: Actually, it’s hoppier than I anticipated. It tries to have an initial coffee-like flavor to start, but it’s general hop bitterness that I’m picking up the most. That, and a ton of caramel. I’m really missing some of the roasted and chocolaty flavors I get out of other stouts.
M: At least it deserves some credit for having a crisp dryness to it. Given that, its light body, and its decent carbonation, it’s pretty easy to drink.
O: Not a fan, really. Hoppy stouts need to have a nice backbone of malt and hop flavors, not weak caramel with a ton of generic bitterness. Guess which one this achieves?
From old tasting notes. Opaque black brown color topped by a creamy tan head. Rich roasted chocolate malt nose. Dryish, bitter roasted malt flavor has hints of espresso. Big hoppy finish and a long bitter aftertaste. PugUglyBrewer (765) - - SEP 29, 2016
A thin and dry stout with tame roast and chocolate notes. Subtle piney hops in the finish. Dark brown color with a light tan head. Easy going and a solid crowd pleaser. beertholomeus (1813) - California, USA - SEP 7, 2016
Pours black with a khaki head. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and toffee aroma and flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation with a roasty chocolate finish. jsmerig (1663) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Pours a deep black with a dark tan head. Aroma of earthy smoke and roasted coffee. Taste is mildly sweet with a robust dark flavor giving way to a stiff bitterness in the finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone theOptimator (385) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Aroma is roasty chocolate and sweet malt. Appearance is dark brown almost black with big frothy off white head that lingers well. Taste is sweet roasty chocolate malt forward. Hint of bitterness from roast and hops. Light minerally water flavor. Palate is medium. Creaminess coats the tongue nicely. Overall an excellent stout. Not over the top but well brewed with nice flavors. Great definition of the style.
eRock_2013 (501) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2016
An interesting and well done stout, pours a dark espresso brown with white lacing to contrast, aroma of light roasty malt with bitter cocoa accents. Flavor of smoky roasted malt, some subtle chocolate malt sweetness. Medium-to-light mouthfeel, thin but not watery. Coffee roast and cocoa in the finish. An interesting variety of layered roasty malt flavors present overall, that doesn't overwhelm the palate and indeed finishes on a relatively crisp note. Enjoyable. bth122 (1629) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Bottle. Variety 12 pack. Pours a black color. Medium head. Aroma of chocolate and roast Malt. Light sweetness. Dry finish. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Not too heavy. But not to light either. Somewhat creamy texture. Nice cocoa taste notes with roasted malt. Good.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bytemesis (9005) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 12, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2015 Bottle. Pours clear black, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is roasty, perhaps a hint of rubber and ashtray. Flavor is very light sweet, roasty, light bitter. Light body. Eh. TorbenJensen (1548) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2015
Rich foam and a lovely aroma of coffee and chocolate. The taste varies over the classical dark chocolate, coffee, lightly roasted malt and a small touch of licorice. The finish is moderately hoppy with dry end. A good stout who do nothing bigger impression, but still keeps the type of accuracy. Well recommended. ttoadee (1553) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2015
Dark pour, decent tan head. Nose roasted grain. Bittersweet. Middle is coffee, coco powder, seared grain. Finish dries some. Pretty good.