DrnkMcDermott (3101) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2009 Bottled. U.S. Beer #16 of 31 for American Beer Month! Pours a rather big head at the start, much like a pub draught. The brownish tan head settled enough for me to pour in more beer, and showed a Guinness "shamrock" on top. Now the foam is subsiding to a rocky moonscape with lace around it. Smells great, just lightly roasted, but enough of the black stuff for a solid body with blood highlights. Also some of that sweet/sour taste of a well-made fresh stout. Prominent alcohol bouquet for what’s normally a mild session style. Taste skips dryness and astringency for a kind of apple and cherry juice, but sweet, not cidery. No specific hop note beyond a bit of bitter, but then it leaves a little sting on the upper lip. Could definitely be the same yeast as used in their SNPA. A fine, enjoyable beer. kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2005
I was suprised how much I liked this beer. Great appearance as a nice black body is toped with a mostly lasting tan head. Aroama is typically malty, roasty and hints of chocolate. The flavor was nice as well with a good plate, chocolate/coffee taste with lots of hiops in the finish. Ok it may not be perfect for style but it gets a nice thumbs up from me. Check it out. It is always nice to get a flavortul and balanced beer in a sub six alcohol content.
fluentsky (10) - Arizona, USA - JUL 7, 2005
12 oz bottle. Full body but not high gravity. Dark brown, almost black pour. Thick, tan, spongy, long-lasting head. Heavy, roasted malt nose. Slightly sweet, hoppy topnote with just a hint of bitterness. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee gracenotes. Bready, slightly bitter finish. One of the best beers in the US, if not the world. BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Nice spoungy brown head on top of a black body. Aromas of sweet maltiness, and a bit of dark fruit. Lovely roasty coffee flavor, with hints of toasted bread and chocolate. Bitterness is there but not overwhelming. Nice stout thats a pleasure to drink. Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Black colour with mahogany hints around the edges and lond lasting chocolate brown head. Strong roasted malt nose. Roasted malt taste with mild chewy mouthfeel. Dry espresso malt finish.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 Roasty goodness. Poured a dark black with a thick tan head, so good. Aroma was of roastiness and espresso, defintely some SN hops too. Lots of malts in this one, somewhat sweet. Roasty goodness and coffee are also present in the taste. Hops come through at the end to make the beer interesting and add character and depth. A solid stout by SN. stouty (6) - USA - JUN 29, 2005 does not count
excellent stout nice black color chocolate taste,however not for lovers of crud light or michelob ultra methtlcai (10) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2005
this along with ayinger celebrator dopplebock is the only "roasty" beer that I actually like that I have tried. While I was thinking it would have the stout-y chococlate/mocha/coffee taste, this was a totally "roasty" stout and had a great caramel aroma, but it didn’t burn the palate and was approachable. This is one of the few stouts that you could imagine getting a pitcher of... jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Bottle. Nice black pour. Very tasty with a thick tan head. Very good tatse of malt. Not the best stout but a very good one. fatguys (76) - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2005
nearly totally opaque with a hint of red when held to a light.
A creamy, off-white head. The mouthfeel on this one is reasonably thick, but not overwhelming for a stout. Sweet smells of chocolate and cappucino.
A nice example of stout without anything too obnoxious. Best part about this is its availability. I’ve seen it in mom and pop stores in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Never a bad buy.