hayduke (5677) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 7, 2016 DTM (870) - Vacaville, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville. Nice chocolate flavor with definite cinnamon overtones. Easy on the palate. Would definitely drink again.
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. This poured black with a tan head the faded quickly and left no lacing. The nose is of chocolate and some cherry like fruit. Light to medium body. Not what you would expect in a stout. The flavor showed only a hint of coffee and I could detect no cinnamon. The finish reminded me of a cherry cough drops. Sweet and cloying. Dave seemed to think this might have been infected and he might be right. Something seems really "off’ here. Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Bomber from hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. Deep black with a fizzy short lived tan head. It ends up as a ring. A syrupy fruity aroma is also earthy. I taste grape jelly and that earth. A little cocoa. Is it supposed to taste like this? Somewhere underneath that is a little coffee. Just a little. This is not at all a coffee cinnamon flavored stout. Quality control issues? To be fair, it is not unpleasant to drink but it is far from what the brewer stated as his intent. marcus (10679) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a cinnamon and coffee aroma. There is a medium-bodied chocolate and dark molasses flavor with some cinnamon and a hint of coffee. bhensonb (15758) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours very dark brown black with a creamy/foamy dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate with a little cinnamon. Enough spice to tingle my membranes. Med body or so. Flavor is cinnamon, coffee, rather harsh burnt malt, and not so much chocolate as expected. Definitely not cinnamon mocha. Definitely quite tasty tho. It’s finishing darkly, spicy towards dry. Cinnamon, moderate amount, to the end.
baraciisch (3381) - California, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Earlier Rating: 3/3/2013 Total Score: 3.7
Tap at Capital Beerfest 2013. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Sweet dark malt aroma. Full bodied. Flavor is sweet dark malt with a touch of coffee. Finishes less than dry.
Had at Sac Brewers Showcase for the start of beer week... Black pour with roasted malt, chocolate on nose... Flavor is sweet chocolate, roasted malts with definite notes of cinnamon and honey... Enjoyable
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhoneOscbert (1319) - Lincoln, California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Earlier Rating: 8/14/2013 Total Score: 3.7
Deep black in color... Aroma of roasted malts... Flavor of sweet dark malts, maybe some dates initially, with hints of coffee, dark chocolate... Not much on the finish, minimal bitterness... Solid
Bottled one week ago!
~Strong roasted barley aroma with chocolate and coffee notes. Earthy hops and possibly getting some cinnamon but very faint.
~Pours pitch black will small wispy brownish white head.
~Robust roasted malt flavor of coffee, chocolate and slightly burnt characteristics, Not overly burnt, well balanced. Its possible I detect cinnamon but its so faint its hard to tell. Possibly just adds to complexity.
~Full bodied, a bit chalky feeling, medium CO2, strong roasted lasting bitterness.
~Very glad they started bottling this. A very delicious stout indeed.