fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
Tasting at Papsø’sthouse (53) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Black color. The aroma is not fully convincing, because along with some roasted malt there is some cream and cardboard; not bad, but cheap. The dark malts and dark caramel flavor is quite good; there is some dark chocolate and a spicy and peppery touch, with correct bitterness and zesty finish.
It pours hazy black with a nice thick brown tinted head. A good amount of lacing too. There’s a bit of bitterness to the nose with hints of coffee and a bit of fruitiness. The flavor has few surprises from that, and is dominated by a fairly full on chocolate flavor. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Tap at Iron Horse Taproom in DC. Diminishing deep brown mocha head on deep sepia to black. Salty green olive nose with puppy breath oddities. Taste is tangy, salty, briny green olive. Big pimento. Medium lace. Slightly bitten chocolate palate with drying character. Super bitter cocoa finish. Not bad. Not worth $10 a snifter pour though. sonnycheeba (6342) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with thin beige head; spare lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, coffee, and dark chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate, coffee, raisin, and light yeast undertones. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Molasses and chocolate nose some dark fruit. The taste is sweet and lightly bitter with lots of chocolate and molasses, some dark fruit.
BeerandBlues2 (13814) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, sour dark fruit, and leather yeast. Flavor is light smoke, dark malt and fruity esters, light hops with a dry finish. Medium body, low warmth with medium carbonation. Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Draft at brewery, summer 2011: Roasty with some char and tar. A tad too sweet and a little cloying. Lots of toffee, creamed coffee and milk chocolate. Piney-grassy bitterness. Hints of fruit and flower petals in the background. Solid stout, but again, a bit too sweet for me. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle:   Black in color, deep cola hues on the edges, moderate foamy beige head, fairly nice lacing.
Sweet roasted malt nose, slight raisiny background.   Semi-sweet roasted malt flavors up front, a touch of semi-
sweet fruitiness... also manages to have a slight fruity sourness as well.   Sweetness starts up front but quickly
reveals to a little sourness.   Slight alcohol, a little unsweetened mocha or coffee lingers.   This is the
first one I have had from Old Schoolhouse that doesn’t appear to be overly hopped.   Simple stout, not heavy, also
not over the top hoppy.   Seems to focus more on its chalky roasted malt flavors, with hints of coffee bean and/or
un-sweetened Mocha like flavors.   Not bad, and surprisingly easier to drink than their others.   Lingering
roasted malts with some dry fruity sourness.   Not bad, less pungent than their other offerings. TomTiedemann (249) - Levittown, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2011
overall nice dark pour from 22oz bottle from maltandvine.com (picked up at store) very thick off white, caramel colored head. light roast and taste of cocoa. toasted wood/roast taste in the hop. overall not too bad BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottled and served in NB Worthy glassware: Pours nearly opaque with some sunset highlights topped by a small but lasting beige head and good lacing. The aroma has notes of bready, caramel, ashy, chocolate, vanilla, and nutty malts along with some PNW resiny hops, citric esters, and earthiness.
The taste is very well balanced, you can notice the malt character as well as some hops and overall tobacco coffee molasses leathery dark fruit tones. I really am enjoying this flavor profile and am utterly shocked as i expected little from this outta of the blue arrival. Even the mouth feel works wonderfully with the flavor profile, just enough carbonation without being heavy nor thin.
Shocked I tell ya, someone really knows me, they really do. Screw the white whales, find a beer off the radar that is really worth it and savor.