Darkmagus82 (2302) - - OCT 4, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 12-4-13-
Served on nitro tap in a pint glass
Appearance – Just as most nitro stouts this one was served a beautiful black color with tons of nitro bubbles seen cascading up through the body of the brew. Upon settling over time the cascading bubbles made their way to the surface of the beer where they left a creamy looking tan colored head sitting atop the beer. The head had a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave some foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The smell was rather robust for a dry irish stout. It had a moderately strong roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee mixed within. By far the biggest smell however was a semi-sweet and sour elderberry smell producing a rather nice roasted elderberry smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a smooth roasted malt flavor and a lightly sweetened elderberry taste. As the taste advances the roast remains relatively constant throughout the taste, creating a base for the brew. The elderberry flavors do not remain constant however and initially began some sweetness more toward the middle of the taste. While the sweetness peaks at the middle the elderberry flavor later sours producing a rather tart flavor to linger on the tongue. A moderately strong dry cocoa and a bit of coffee join the taste more toward the end, with the combination of flavors then leaving a slightly off bitter but tart sour roasted berry flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was smooth and creamy although a little on the slighter side with a carbonation/nitro level that was average for a dry irish stout on nitro. Both were rather average for the style and helped make it more drinkable even in light of the more sour flavors that the fruit produced at the end of the taste.
Overall – Not really on I cared for too much. The sourness from the elderberry at the end of the tongue really leaves a rather unappealing flavor on the tongue when mixed with the roasted flavors of the beer. Not one I would go to again.
j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2014
On tap at Otto’s. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown with a creamy tan head. Soft roast on the nose, a touch of sweetness. Don’t really get the fruit on the nose at all, only showing up as vague fruity hints as it warms. It certainly makes up for it in the flavor though, showing up right away, big strong berry notes. Body is a touch thin from the cask, but the chocolate notes and berry together is lovely. Lingering touches of berries and roast and chocolates. Very nice. jar72404 (426) - USA - MAY 19, 2011
On tap at brewpub. Black with thick tan head. Aroma is dark fruit (elderberry?). Flavor is the same. Very creamy mouthfeel. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Sampled on nitro draft at the brewery this beer poured a black color with a large creamy beige head. The aroma was lightly roasty, malt and had a tart berry presence. The flavor was dryish, bitter and roasty with a touch of coffee and a light vague tart berry presence. The finish was long, dry, roasty and gritty. The body was smooth and somewhat full. Decent but a bit disappointing. JaBier (7973) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2009
Sample at the brewpub. Black pour with a thick tan nitro head. Nose of roast and metal. Roasty flavor with some tartness and metal. Never tasted an elderberry to be honest, and not sure I tasted one here unless that’s what’s contributing to the tartness in the flavor (which doesn’t belong in a stout anyway).
toddbates (95) - USA - JAN 8, 2008
haha, I actually had it with jehoey (posted below me) it was actually really bad. Tasted very much like a cardboard box that had been left in the rain, in the garden, after all the veggies had rotted. great looks, massively poor taste. john’s was poured 2 seconds before mine and tasted marginally better jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2007
pint at brewpub: This stuff isn’t good... Aroma was pretty offensive, cardboard like aroma with hints of something vegetal. The beer looked pretty good as most nitro poured stouts do with an inky black color and thick tan head. Flavor was much like the aroma, pretty offensive, vegetal, not very much roasted flavor, all around just weak. mouthfeel was way way too thin for a stout, there was nothing to it. In conclusion your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! adrian910ss (2575) - Doylestown, PA, USA - OCT 25, 2007
On cask at Otto’s. Pours a pitch black with a thick creamy brownish beige head. Nice lacing. Weak aroma of creamy rich chocolate and berries. Taste is creamy and smooth with a light berry flavor. Kind of watered down. auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2007
On nitro at the brewpub. Pours your classic black, with settling nitrogenous head. Good half-finger of ash-tinted head above. Aroma, subdued by temperature, glass, and delivery agent...but some resemblance of coffee, wax, and light salts. Flavor moves quickly, with shots of caramel cream, kicking espresso, and a jolt of char. Body is a seemingly vapid watery abyss, lightened by the nitro texture. Palpable chalkiness. I’m not really getting any definite fruits, save for some soft tempering of the roast edge of the beer. There’s a generic fruitiness and a lick of sweetness. This comes across as one of those ridiculously drinkable very light bodied stouts. I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if this weighed in under 4% ABV. The smack is divine, with a blending of fruit stems, pan-roasted almonds, roast nuances and a light leaf of Northern Brewer. Berry is lost on me, but the remainder of the stout itself is impressive enough... jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2007
Great looking, great tasting. Very creamy, malty stout with that touch of elderberry flavor in the background. Impressive.