andrewje41 (3741) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2017
12 oz bottle poured, with much thanks to Greg for the bottle! Always fun to try these beers that I would otherwise never come across. Near black tour, a thin tan fizz head. Quite true to the style, a dry, dusty chocolate constant. A slight metallic note in both the aroma and flavor, but not enough to bother me. Some coffee notes, but light. Chocolate remains the solo dominant character here. A soft dough. A solid addition to the style here. Enjoyed this brew. luttonm (6154) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 23, 2017
Bottle in Seattle. Thanks Andrew! Dry bitter grain aroma. A slightly sweeter, brown sugar and lactic sip. Quite dark brown black body with dissipating tan foam. Nice dark nose. Great dry bitter body with a lactic backend. Lots of chocolate. This is nicely put together. Not bad. balloonbuffoon (259) - - MAY 23, 2017
$1.50 single 12floz bottle (BOD: 01.26.2017) to a nonic glass. Itís black with a glittering brown head to bedazzle me. I sense some kind of wood aroma from the roasted malt, and dirt in the aroma too. I find this stout to be more slick than dry, and tastes like hickory and black twizzlers. I give it a firm ok. Drake (13637) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2016
12 ounce bottle courtesy of noted OT-Mer sethdude! Dark brown, thin foamy tan head, decent retention. Aroma of dry, roasted malt, dark chocolate, hints of mint. The taste is roasted malts, herbal hops. Thin-medium bodied, creamy, super dry, high carbonation. Nice. douglas88 (9049) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very dark black color with amber tints when held up to the light, a small white head. A nutty and roast nose. A nice roast, some dark fruit, light metallic roast (which I love), some vanilla. Quite drinkable. Very good. My kind of beer.
tfontana (950) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2016 Bottle pour into shaker pint glass. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee--a bit ashy--with hints of chocolate. Appearance is dark brown with effervescent sparkle, finger-width light brown fizzy, thin head with poor retention, light lacing. Taste is sweet, roasted malts with bitter coffee--a little too far toward the ash--with hints of dark fruits, chocolate. Palate is medium bodied with average texture and roasted/ashy, bitter finish with light fruit. Overall, this swings a little too far to the ashy side which dominates the experience. thepatrickman (1307) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 22, 2016
Bottle from Greg (gregwilsonstl) -- cheers, buddy! This wears its straightforwardness like a badge of honor. No adjuncts, no coffee additions, just a classic, dark-malt-forward, dry stout. The result? One really nice, simple dry stout, with a malt sweetness and a hint of a roasted coffee bite, all on top of a thin, dry body. Very nice representation of the style. Braudog (6670) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2016
Bottle. This has all the expected attributes, and well presented overall. Incredibly well bodied and fully flavored, rivaling many of the turbo-charged stouts out there, yet delivering a wallop of full-on roasted malt goodness. Delish. (#6213, 6/14/2016) GTAEgeek (2183) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pitch black pour, with a small, tan, bubbly head. The nose is toast, black coffee, and light syrup and anise. Roasty and lightly sweet, with a low bitterness. Dry and fairly balanced. Light to medium body, chalky, a little acidic, with a clean, watery finish. This is a well-made and tasty stout. Just a little burnt, but not too off-putting. The palate is a little weak, but not too bad. Just a simple, easy stout. beer_rookie (553) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a dark brown color. Or maybe itís ruby red, hard to tell. Nice beige head. Some retention, hardly any lacing.
Aroma is deep toasted malt. Toasted not roasted. Espresso, not really any chocolate. Maybe cherry.
Taste is mostly espresso, this has no coffee in it, so thatís the toasted malts. I say toasted because, well, just tastes that way. Very malty and bittersweet. I taste no hops. Not so creamy like you would expect from a stout. It has this weird metallic taste at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium heavy. Again that metallic taste is off putting. The metallic feel turns into the toasted malt flavor, which is odd.
Overall, Iím not a fan. The bottle says its from the St. James location, maybe thatís the difference. But seriously, Guinness is much better. Iím disappointed.