superspak (6200) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2017 gdubu493 (60) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a bottle into a glass on 12/15/13. Purchased bottle from Quench Beer in Silver Spring, MD (solid, small craft beer selection). Foam head was about 4 inches, piss poor pour, but 4 friggin inches...? Aroma starts with a bitter nose. Light chocolate, coffee tones. Incredible dark brown, almost black appearance. Consistency of the beer as it’s poured appears to be thin. Taste is dry, lightly tightens up your mouth like you’re drinking a cheap wine. Palate confirms what the pour predicted, tastes thin and not what one would expect from a stout. Taste continues with light, bittersweet chocolate and weak coffee. Overall, jrodoo5 said it best, " It’s just uninteresting to me. It’s ok and drinkable but I want more than that in a stout!" Agreed.
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 4/20/2016. Pours clear opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, and toasted dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, smoke, char, herbal, grass, pepper, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark/brown bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a delicious dry stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Nicely rich English pale/roasted malts, balancing hops, and mild fruity yeast characteristics. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. trapped (3767) - New York, TURKEY - SEP 5, 2017
Draught @ the source. Opaque dark brown with creamy beige head, faint mocha aroma, low carbonation, sweet mocha taste, thin watery body, long sweet mocha finish. Too thin. gripweed57 (2966) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2017
From old tasting notes. Translucent brown color with th a huge creamy tan head. Roasted malt nose hints at French Roast coffee. Bittersweet roasted malt flavor with a real espresso feel. lots of chocolate and black malt. Rich and full bodied. A good stout. katrinaez (2355) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2017
Nice malty aroma and rich taste. A little over carbonated. Very flavorful for a medium abv. Bottle hugo_assump (7) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - JAN 28, 2017 does not count
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john44 (3454) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2017
Bottle. Black in colour. Malty; roasty malts, lots of coffee, chocolate, caramel. Fruity; some sweet fruit. Hoppy; good hop bitterness. Good malt/hop balance. Bittersweet roast malty with a nice balancing hoppiness. Dry roasty throughout. Decent. Very drinkable. (2011-11-11)
gopherfan99 (2012) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2016
Bottle; pours dark brown with a beige head; roasted malt aroma with chocolate and coffee; taste is mostly sweet with chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee; finish is dry and a touch bitter with some roasted notes; good stout crossovert (14128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2016
355ml twist off (Still?) bottle. It is overcarbed, but if it wasn’t it would be a fine looking beer. Cola/bronw color and a large tan head. Aroma is typical dry stout, bit of coffee, bit of cocoa, bit of metal, grain, leafy hops, oxidized licorice. Surprisingly not heavily oxidized as this bottle is about a month past it’s BB, the havy carb might help. Flavor is predictably metallic, fruity though, some oxidation in a sherry form coming through, licorice and coffee, huge carb. It tastes like the stale English imports from years back, they’ve done a good job imitating old english brews with this one, maybe i should try it fresh and properly carbed someday.. It’s nothing to behold. Mark_Eck (1998) - - APR 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma and taste are light roasted malts and coffee flavors. Iznogud (4676) - CROATIA - MAR 19, 2016
Bottle, 355 ml from Pivoteka, Zagreb. Shared with JFK10000. Pours dark brown with creamy light brown head. Malty, roasted, medium coffee notes. Smooth and easy drinkable. Nice.