SDalkoholic (2408) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Delightful aroma of mocha, chocolate and nuts. Pours a dark opaque brown with a creamy layer of film. The drink is carbonated and has caffeine flavor and sensation as well as a undertone of coffee. Certainly a dry stout and at a very affordable price.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 This had an average head.aroma average malty stout.color a nice very dark brown.This has a nice biting taste.a bit sour and bitter,which I like.light heavyweight in body.a good beer.Will buy again.2/07-Had a huge,frothy head.almost black in color.Aroma was inviting of roasted malts.Roasted coffee and sour malts.Bitter finish and dry.Has an underlying sourness.Pretty good stout,but there are much better readily available. Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2006
A nice brew, Roasted, chocolate, flavor, very mild flavor, nice, easy drinking stout, good brew. brianprentiss (703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 North Coast is a great brewer and this is a pretty strong offering for Stout lovers...very dry, coffee caramel right up front and heavy.
bottle at trader joe’s, mountain view, ca barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2006
bottle courtesy of Fordest. pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a 1/2" foamy head, settling to lasting lace. roasty chocolate - coffee aroma and flavors of the same. a dry rather pronounced hop bitterness in the middle and finish. nice stout! thanks Sean.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2005
12oz. bottle. Deep brown with hints of red. Small light tan head, somewhat creamy. Chalky chocolate aroma with an acrid bitter hop tone. Some dark chocolate flavor, quickly gives way to muted coffee roastiness. Suprising amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is fairly dry. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2005
12 oz bottle as a bonus in a trade with jazz88 - Thanks Eric! - Pours very deep brown almost black but some light penetrates this one. A very nice fluffy tan head graces the top of the brew and lingers and laces very well. Aroma is of chocolate and floral hops. Flavor is coffee, some pepper, roasted malts, and a nice floral hop finish. Palate is rather light for a stout almost watery yet quite smooth. Finishes quite dry. A very easy drinking stout. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
12 oz bottle. Poured Dark Brown with a decent tan head. Head dissapted to a ring that lasted the glass. Also left spotty lacing all the way through. Aromas of chocolate and bread. Expected Chocoalte in the flavor as well, but it was replaced by coffee. Flavors also of roasted malts. Suprising slight floral finish. Pretty good beer. Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 31, 2005
pours almost a light brown as opposed to a black in color with a small white head.aromas of pepper,roasted malts,chocolate,and molasses are what i can gather.lots of pepper in the taste,but not as much chocolate,with a hint of raosted malt.still,its pretty smooth and easy to drink. pik5el (53) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 22, 2005
Not too dark in color for stout standards, and not too thick either. Head is a caramel color, and initially appears fairly large, albeit airy. Head quickly dissipates with very little lacing. Aroma of classic stouty roasts as well as coffee and a hint of chocolateness. Taste, however is different. Gone is the chocolateness that I usually associate with such stouts, instead replaced by an unassuming maltiness that is pleasant and unobtrusive. Dry for a stout, yet not unpleasant. Overall a good combination of stout tastes mixed with hopiness.