Ratman197 (14946) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Bomber poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, roastiness, light vanilla and a hint of smoke. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of smoke with a smooth roasty finish. bb (9501) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle. Blackish beer with a small light tan head. Roasty, chocolate, and oatmeal aroma. Roasty flavor with coffee, light chocolate, and light oatmeal. Medium-plus bodied. Chocolate, roast, and coffee lingers rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Poured from bottle a dark brown with large tan head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with some soft grain tones. Flavor starts smooth with some slightly sweet malt, chocolate and a light graininess. The finish becomes dry with a roasted grain bitterness. Palate is silky at the beginning and slightly sweet moving toward bitter and dry, but not a big mouthfeel however. Overall, an easy drinking stout with a nice balance that could do with a little more presence on the palate. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
On tap at pizza port. Dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Sweet malt and chocolate aroma and taste with grain notes. golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown / black pour with almost no head. Aroma is lightly sweet fruit, mild roast; overall pretty weak in the aroma department. Flavor is initially sweet and somewhat fruity followed by bitter roast and a dry roast finish. A little watery on the palate.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 22oz bottle. Very dark brown with barely transparent edges and a lasting tan head of good size. The aroma is an almost awkward mix if oats, deeply roasted to almost burnt malt, and hops. The roasty, oaty, and hoppy combination works a bit better in the flavor. Things start of with some bitter chocolate and end with a firm hoppy bitterness. There is also a mineral quality. Relatively robust with creamy carbonation. Alright, but erring a little to hard and bitter for a sweet stout. The malt is there, but this seems to follow the SC Ale works model of high hop bitterness, and it holds the balance back here. (6,4,7,4,12)<br/ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2009
rerate: On tap this was much smoother with a richer malt character and less chalky body. Nicely balanced and robust stout.
Thanks to illidurit for the bottle! Dark brown pour thin beige head and minimal spotty lace. Dark chocolate and ashy aroma. Roasted flavor with bittersweet chocolate, lactose, and coffee fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
On cask at Firkin Fest. Poured dark brown/black, smooth, creamy, roasted malts, oats, dark chocolate. nickd717 (4700) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 29, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2010 Draft - it was easily the best beer in a bar with 20 macro taps. Not too shabby. Nice dark brown appearance with a frothy light tan head and lacing. Coffee and cocoa on the aroma - really heavy on the coffee especially. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, bitter cocoa, and some burnt notes. The burnt flavors made it seem a little amateur on the finish, like a homebrew. The palate has coffee graininess and is a little rough, with medium body and low carbonation. A solid brew overall. Nice and flavorful. tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle. Very dark brown body topped by a beige head that settles into a thin film. Nose of cocoa, roast and a bit of dark fruit. Dark chocolate, burnt coffee flavors. Not a bad effort but the body is thin and the finish is too burnt.