JDBaker11058 (2334) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011 bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
well...starting with the pour...dark brown with no head but carbonated non-the-less. looks kind of like root beer with out the head...same consistency...watery - poor mouth feel. the aroma was sweet and roasty, almost candy like. the flavor was dark and roasty with coffee being the dominant flavor. slightly bitter finish...a poor stout.
Appearance: very dark brown to black, short tan head that shrinks to a collar, leaving minimal lacing. Aroma: toasted flaked oats, chocolate, cream, some nuts. Taste: creamy hot chocolate, vanilla bean, oatmeal, with a hint of coffee and toasted wood. Finish: smooth, creamy, mellow, with lingering sweetness. Notes: From a pitcher at the brewery. Very nice. A creamy yet drinkable palate with a mid-range body. On the sweet side, but not as sweet as their chocolate donut stout. Comparable to a milk stout, but without the lactic sour tang. Great flavors and aromas. Drake (14058) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Sampled on draft at the brewpub. Pours a mud-like hazy brown color with a thin head. Poor head retention and lacing. Faint malty aroma with some chocolate notes. Taste is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate and oats and a tart finish. Thin-medium bodied. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2008
bottle from cobra, thanks! Not quite a black pour and a big light tan head. Aroma is very faint with some chocolate and toasted malt. Flavor is very similar to their choc donut stout. A bit tart, reminds me of a very rich brown beer. some chocolate and some nuances of nuts come through. not great, but I think a tad underrated in my opinion. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2008
12oz bottle acquired in trade with kmweaver (thanks!). Tasted side by side with the Oaked version. Poured a dark brown color wtih a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, chocolate, and some nuts. egajdzis (6692) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Poured a dark mahogany color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, cocoa, and light smoke. Taste was roasty, a bit of chocolate, and smoke, with light vanilla bean. Not quite as creamy as the Oak Barrel Stout...
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a deep brown with amber notes and a very small bubbly off white head. Aroma of light chocolate, caramel, toffee and some nuts. Flavor of roasted malt, earthy, caramel and some nuts. kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 15, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark, cola-brown color; light tan head with solid retention and medium-bubbled lacing. Light aroma, with roasted malts and dark chocolate upfront; a touch of oily smokiness, perhaps. Medium mouthfeel: average carbonation; not watery, but certainly light-bodied stout: roasted malts and dark chocolate; a touch of char and caramel; not bad at all, really, and perhaps suggestive that recent batches have gotten better. A very drinkable, reasonably tasty stout. Medium finish, showing roasted malts, bread, and some doughy / toastiness. skibumdc (6) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2008 does not count
IMPROPERLY POURED! They used straight co2 instead of "beergas" Nitrogen/Co2 mix, so no frothy head like I prefer with a stout.
Not much aroma, nice deep dark color.
Too carbonated due to straight co2 mixture which took away from the flavor.
I would like to retry this beer when I return with the proper pour. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bottle; poured a dark brown with light brown head. Aroma was good with chocolate, roasted malt, coffee; slight sweetness and hops. A lot of carbonation evident and some acidity. Flavor was very enjoyable; chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses. Was presently surprised. jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2007
on tap-pours black color. Aroma is dark malt. Taste is sweet-dark malt, chocolate/licorice. Faint hops, acidic. Mild carbonation.