troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
[Tap] Pours a very dark brown color. A thin but lasting brown foam head. Nose is of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts and mild coffee. Smooth roasted taste suggests molasses, oatmeal, cocoa powder and mild hazelnut. Coffee grounds round out the finish. The body is a bit light, but really not too bad. Very sessionable. Mild, but respectable. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Full sampler on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice blackish brown hue, darker with a good haze, the edges and bottom get significantly lighter in hue, light shines through. A nice offwhite head sits atop that dies to a film, laces small. Aromas are a decent kick of roasted malts, some lighter coffee, some sweeter toffee, toast, and bread. Simple, perhaps a touch of cocoa. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, maybe even into the light bodied side. Throws a healthy roasted and toasted malt presence, a good coffee kick. A light touch of cocoa and some sweeter caramel and toffee come into play. Some sweeter and toasty malts meld in, but this is still underbodied for a stout. Finish is lingering roast and toast, coffee hanging on.. But the stated goal seems unreached. Lacks complexity and body. Ok, but not a stout I’d bet money on. More of a solid roasty ale.. If you can get past the "stout" label (which it seems it is not), it’s not bad. Just not as advertised. BeerandBlues2 (13304) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Tap. Pours dark brown with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, nutty, chocolate), light earthy hops, leather, and prunes. Flavor is mostly malt, leather, light bitterness from roast malt, and chocolate. Light body, low warmth, light carbonation and a dry finish. JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Pours deep black with light toasted grain notes. Drinks very dry with a backbone of roasted malt and grains. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes.
Pours dark brown with a slight tan head. Not much of any lace. Nose is roast with a bit of chocolate and coffee. Taste is really quite light and thin, which carries over into the mouthfeel. Drinks fairly average as there isn’t much going in and this is quite light.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-02-2010
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2011
The color is dark brown not as black as it should be, with a very poor sized head and lacing.
It smells lightly of coffee.
The taste is horrible. It is flat with little flavor and oily.
Mouthfeel is about that of a lager and I couldn’t drink more than half a shot. I can’t say enough bad things. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 23, 2010
Nice dry stout. Roasty, milky coffee, light bitterness. A bit watery. Like. SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Draught at the brewpub. Black with a small tan head. Dry chocolate and bread crust aroma. Clean dark chocolate flavor with just a touch of sweetness and crusty breadiness. Low on hops and finishes with a very smooth, balanced roastiness that lingers for a few seconds. Pretty thin and dry, which is its main downfall. Carbonation is nice and light though. Give this more body and maybe a touch more sweetness and I think I would like it more. As is, it’s still nice and drinkable. drfabulous (7938) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Draught at brewpub. Some chocolate and roast. Not a very full body. Fairly tasty overall. deyholla (11597) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2010
On tap. Poured black with a thick medium brown head that lasts nicely. Aroma was dark with dark grains, a bit of roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Flavor was similar with roasted malts in the beginning and a bit of coffee coming out in the finish.