robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Pint on tap pours black with a brown head. Aromas of chocolate malts caramel, toffee and roasty woodsy aromas. Flavor is sweet and roasty. Body is full and finishes sweet with a dark roasted malt flavor at the end Capa (3257) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Dark with tan head. Full, creamy body. Aroma has like chocolate, roasted malt, toffee. Flavor follows the same path with creamy malt favors throughout. Real nice on the handpump. Slipstream (2612) - USA - JAN 23, 2012
Cask conditioned and on tap at at NH. The aroma is a little rough, but the full, yeasty, dark bread flavor is just fine. It has an almost East European quality - a little rye in here perhaps? Dark pour with lace. Good stuff - I was not disappointed on my visit to Nodding Head. kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2010
On handpump, at brewery. Pours a clear dark brown, almost black body with a small light brown head. Nice coffee, chocolate, and roast nose with some earthy yeast and burnt caramel. The flavor is really nice, some slight sweetness under the roast, nice burnt caramel notes. Light to medium bodied with very minimal carbonation. Nice beer, a nice choice to put on the handpump. TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Cask at Nodding Head. Pours a deep brown with a creamy bubbly tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, nuts and toffee. Flavor of caramel,
milk chocolate, hint of vanilla and nuts.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Experienced on tap at the brewery in a pub glass. The beer pours the expected very dark brown to opaque black color, with a lively medium tan head. Carbonation is way too high for the style, as it appears that all of the brewery’s taps are set to the same psi level; unacceptable for a brewpub. The high level of carbonation thins the beer out without bringing out the beer’s better qualities. The aroma is hard to get a sense of, but generally lacks the roasted malt/caramel/slightly bready qualities of better examples of the style. Instead, one gets a very small hint of malt sweetness, and little else. The palate is flacid and banal, lacking not only more specialized notes like caramel and toffee, but even roasted notes. Overall, more an amateur beer than a professional one. jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2009
(draft). Black color. Small tan head. Light oatmeal and malt aroma and flavor. Short duration. Light bitter finish. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing. blipp (9175) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasty aroma, with lighter notes of molasses and toffee. Smooth body. The flavor has roasted malt, oatmeal, molasses, and vanilla. Very drinkable. DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 29, 2008
(10/19/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Philadelphia. Black-colored with a beige head. Roasted malt aroma with light fruitiness and some coffee. Sweet roasty flavor with some coffee, caramel and sugary notes. Medium-bodied. Not a very stout Stout, has almost kind of a Schwarzbier character. checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Draft: Poured a dark brown color with not much head. The aroma was like a vanilla espresso. The flavor was roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate and a splash of vanilla. Overall, a quality beer with some good flavor.