Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAY 23, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-17-12 -
Served in a pint glass
Appearance – Deep dark black nitrogen driven brew. The nitrogen/carbon dioxide mix of bubbles gave a beautiful lighter brown color cascading upwards through the beer as it settled after serving. The head was off -white/tan in color and had a fair degree of persistence. Upon fading slowly over time it gave way to only a very small amount of lacing and left a whispy foam on the surface of the brew that persisted throughout the drinking experience.
Smell – The smell was very subtle. Notes of roasted nut and malt and a light roasted coffee flavor are detected. There is an ever light cocoa aroma mixed in as well. All are very light.
Taste – The taste is of a nice dry stout mixed with light coffee flavors. It has a toasted oat base with a little flavor of chocolate malt, light vanilla, and nut mixed in. The coffee flavor begins rather light and seems to gain strength progressively through the taste soon overpowering some of the more subtle flavors of the vanilla and nut.
Mouthfeel – Smooth and creamy. The body allows the beer to immerse itself in every taste bud, giving a wonderful feel.
Overall – A very good and easy drinking beer. The coffee is light, but in some ways takes away from some of the more subtle flavors that are present , such as the vanilla and nut. Very nice overall however and one I would do again and again.
hopscotch (11182) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2008 Draft (nitro)... Harrisburg Beer Festival 2... Pitch black ale with a large, creamy, beige head. Wonderful retention. The aroma is of freshly ground, dark roast, coffee with traces of vanilla, hazelnut and caramel. The flavor is of "second runnings" coffee with whispers of dark chocolate and hazelnut. Medium-bodied and astringent with pillow-soft carbonation. Lengthy, bone-dry finish. Best of show, IMO! jar72404 (426) - USA - MAR 21, 2012
On tap at brewpub. Black with quarter inch cream head that retains. Aroma is coffee. Flavor is coffee. Nice finish that’s very long. Delicious. whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Deep caramel-brown body with a creamy tan nitro head. Aroma of fresh, nicely roasted coffee with light creamy undertones. Big coffee flavor with nicely balanced sweetness and roast. No charred, over-roasted qualities that sometimes sink this style. Medium body, combined with the nitro, makes the mouthfeel a little slick. A solid coffee stout. Easily eclipses Bell’s Java Stout, which I happened to have had a few of in the preceding days. Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
A decent Irish dry Stout. Maybe not exceptional but it was a worthy representation of the style.
Appearance: Thick creamy foam head on a black body.
Smell: Roasty! Typical dry stout aroma of burnt malts and coffee.
Taste: The unique attribute in the roasty flavor was cream. It seemed to very roasty coffee with Cream. Creamy texture with and hint of cream flavor in the coffee.
Mouthfeel: Silky super smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Guinness was my every-day session beer for years. The simple dry stout is remarkably easy drinking for me.
Hope this is helpful.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2007
Growler from mj aka mjames. Very dark brown, nearly black body with no head. The aroma is light roast, chocolate, molases and coffee. The flavor is slightly dry, milk chocolate, coffee and roast. Medium body is soft with very little carbonation. Very nice. afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
On nitro draft at the brewpub, shared by BeerGestapo. Thanks Mike. Very dark brown with a large creamy beige head. Coffee and roasted malts blend seamlessly into the flavor. Coffee flavor is very fresh and bright. Full creamy body thanks to the nitro. Very nice. BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
Brewed in the USA.... On tap at Otto’s !! Pours black in color with a wonderful thick beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and dark malts. Taste is kind of smoky with chocolate, malts, coffee flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy with a super smooth nitro finish. I felt the coffee was very mello but still enjoyable. weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Growler filled from a nitro-pour...
Appearance is near black with a dark brown hue and a mild, tan cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap. Spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of the obvious coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and toasted nuts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with the coffee being the huge standout among the flavors.
Mouthfeel is very much full of coffee grounds with a dryness and mild astringency that takes you for a ride.
Overall, not bad.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Aroma was big on coffee, but I think stifled by the nitrogen, there just wasn’t that big stout aroma pouring out of it. Very dark beer, with typical pretty nitro head. Flavor was coffee in a noticeable way, but also had some chocolate, and dark dray malt flavors. Palate was similar to a Guinness from the nitro, oddly thin feeling for a stout. Despite all my gripes I still liked the beer, however, I was expecting much more.