alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2010
From a bottle. Poured an attractive dark brown/black with a medium-sized and persistent light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, oats, yeast, must, sweetness, cocoa and caramel. Flavor was pretty complex and assertive, if not great tasting for me. Very roasted and earthy, with some caramel, cocoa and fruity notes at times. Earthy finish. Not overly sweet, actually not more than an average sweetness. Gets better with time, which is always a nice feature. Overall it was quite solid and enjoyable. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Rather light and watery stout, a bit of chocolate and molasses, some coffee; all that’s nice, but just too much chalkiness just kills this for me. Fizzy, biting carbonation. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
29-Dec-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 26-Aug-10 for $4.49 at the Pizza Port Bottle Shop in Carlsbad, CA) Dark Night indeed pours dark as a night in the wilderness, but sans the bright full moon on the bottle’s label. The light-brown head explodes to over two inches in height and takes many minutes to settle to a quarter inch, leaving thick rings and patches of foam on the glass in the process. The malts themselves are balanced: moderately roasty and a bit ashy with gentle bitterness, but moderately sweet as well. Flavors of dark chocolate/cacao, ashtray, licorice, blackstrap molasses, black coffee, oatmeal, earth, dark stone fruit, and apple skin. Roasty and chocolaty aroma with a fair bit of weedy leafiness and apple skin. Full bodied on the palate with slightly expansive and prickly carbonation in the mouth and a reasonably dry finish for a medium-sweet beer. Overall, a balanced, full-flavored stout with appropriate weight and solid drinkability, but the overall flavor profile doesn’t quite reach the style’s upper echelon. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2012
On tap at Whale City Bakery Bar & Grill in Davenport, CA.
Opaque, black brown with fine, creamy tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of toasted coffee, chocolate and dark, smoky malt.
Taste sweet, toasted dark malt and coffee.
Medium to light body with ample carbonation and a creamy, foamy mouthfeel.
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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
SamGamgee (2585) - 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/illidurit (2458) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2009
rerate: On tap this was much smoother with a richer malt character and less chalky body. Nicely balanced and robust stout.
On tap at the Parish Publick House. Amazing cascading carbonation. Dark brown with red hues, light beige foam, lots of lacing. Powdery chocolate aroma with some roasted malt. Flavor is roasted with semisweet chocolate and a dry, burnt coffee finish. A little too watery overall. troopie (2439) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle. Poured black with thick foamy beige head. Medium roast and oatmeal aroma..Medium flavour, roast malt, oatmeal, a little chocolate, a little coffee. Sweetish malty finish beersearcher (2383) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
pours a jet black. aroma has a roasted quality to it but it is a mild hit. the flavors continue the roasty notes which then fades into a bit of BBQ flavor before finishing a little burnt to my taste buds. also is a bit thin. did not get into this one. skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pours a dark black-brown with a huge five finger foamy tan head which fades very slowly to crazy lacing. Aroma is light for a stout and is of roasted malts, some coco powder, faint coffee notes, maybe some anise, and a faint metallic note. Taste is slightly better then the aroma and is of roasted malts, chocolate, dark coffee, some anise, some dark fruits, a little mild hop bitterness. Has a medium body with a slightly thin, watery, fizzy mouthfeel, and a slightly bitter,short, slightly metallic finish. Overall, a decent oatmeal stout that is lacking in body and could be better without the metallic notes in the aroma and finish.