tangent (28) - San Pedro, California, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Fairly average pour, a dark brown color with a nice brown head. Aroma is very rich, with notes of chocolate and coffee. It is a bit mild in taste but still delicious - chocolate coffee and caramel malts with a bit of a dry finish. Mouthfeel is the same, mild but definitely not a bad thing. I’m by no means a dry stout person, but mild yet delicious flavors and mouthfeel make for a pretty damn drinkable stout for the price. Not bad. pennywhistle (15) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2010
It was only $6 for a 6-pack, so I figured this was a poorman’s version of Guinness, but I was pleasantly surprised! Full-bodied, nice coffee flavour. Slightly syrupy, but not too thick. The best part was its low ABV - it makes a good session beer. As far as cheap stouts go, this one’s now my favourite. tekhna (118) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Looks pretty darn good, nice subtle nose, a bit bready. Flavor and palate is a little thin, a bit metallic, some roast. Not too complex, but nothing to hold your nose at. Hard to complain for 6 a sixer. Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 2, 2009
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s, pours dark brown/black with an ample cream colored head that doesn’t last, not much lacing. Aroma is coffee and black malt with a little chocolate. Flavor is kind of thin, but I like big beers. Coffee and roasted malt, can’t really taste the hops. Very dry and neutral, a nice session beer. Doesn’t disappoint for the price. gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice dark black with ample tan head. Nice, if faint, aroma of malt and coffee. Initial taste is just sparkly malt, but then coffee, chocolate/cocoa kick in. Nice subtle, dry finish. Not bad. Better than I was expecting.
bradlyc77 (226) - Sebastopol, California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Pours dark brownish/black with tan head. Nice roasted malt aroma, taste is roasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee. Not hopped too much and nice dry finish. A well made stout. mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
From 12 oz bottle pours dark and nearly opaque with fading beige head.
Slight roasty nose, with roastiness more present in taste with some chocolate notes and hops to balance. Dries out nicely. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Appearance: Pours a midnight brown with a 1/2 inch dense foamy head.
Aroma: Roasted malts that feature aromas of bread, chocolate, and a medium roasted coffee bean.
Taste: Bready malt, some dark chocolate, and a small hop spice.
Mouthfeel: I was expecting this to be not so carbonated, but it has a nice fizzy mouthfeel to it.
Overall: A well made, flavorful stout. I enjoy this with some pretzels, or even by itself. Another great find at Trader Joe’s. I am glad some of the best craft brewers are lending a few tanks to some private label beer. Nebulor (109) - , California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Some roasted malt smell with a coffee and chocolate aroma.
Pours a black color with a hint of an amber hue, minimal tan head, too dificult to see the action and I swirled the last bit around and poured before taking notice to see if there was any sediment.
A smooth sweet roasted malt taste, not burnt, with coffee and some chocolate, and has some fruity esters mainly a hint of lime with a dry finish.
Full bodied, resinous and creamy dry feel, with frizzy soft carbonation.
Another session bargain at TJs brewed in craft form.
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle. Blackish pour. Tan head. Aroma is very roasty and toasty with some hints of chocolate and molasses. Flavor follows the aroma with dry toastiness and bitter chocolate. For a stout style that I normally don’t care for i did enjoy this one.