jredmond (8445) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Sample at RnH in NyC. Pours a dark blackish brown body. The aroma is slight coffee and bread. The flavor is smooth with notes of oat, coffee, slight chocolate malts, and roast of course. Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Nitro at Rattle n Hum. Pours a dark cola with a small beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, roasted malts and oatmeal. Flavor is of creamy coffee, oats, roasted malts, dark chocolate and dark fruits.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Nitro. Aroma of roasted malt, cream, light coffee. Flavor solidly roasty with a similar coffee-dessert nature, and increasingly nutty. Not too much jumping out of the glass here, but I found it to be a very pleasant and enjoyable effort. BREWMUSKCLES (2721) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2009
slightly smokey, smooth and creamy. a bit acrid and nutty with a roasted facet to it. clean finish with spice of licorice and star anise and a hoppy component. metal aroma is not of interest and it is only moderate of body. suited well to this time of year and what one would look for with its fortifying alcohol that is well hidden. i enjoyed this one. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Nitro at Rattle N Hum. Pours a standard deep black with a tan head. Nose is butterscotch and light roast. Diacetyl comes through, though light. Taste is much the same, on the sweeter side but a pleasant dose of bitterness from the roast helps balance it out. Not too shabby.
blipp (9503) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Nitro. Pours near black with a creamy tan head. Some roasted malt in the aroma with solid caramel/molasses like sweetness. The flavor has muted roasted malt notes, coffee, and lighter notes of toffee.Pretty good. Kind of toes the line between a dry stout and a sweet stout. zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 tap @ RnH - Very dark, foamy tan head and beautiful lacing. Chocolate and oatmeal arouma and bitter hops in the nose. Mouthfeel is semi-creamy. Overall, a delicious beer with a nice hop kick (without overdoing it).
update 12/05. I had the cask version of this at the RnH. It’s more or less the same but with less carbonation and no head. It was served in a "Stone" tumbler, but I forgive them. Radek Kliber (7470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 7, 2009
On tap at Rattle N Hum CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Appearance: charcoal brown with fine creamy tanned top (nitro used).
Nose: mild yet noted roasted malt aromas, slightly acidic , grainy with shirt feel of clean smoke
Flavor/Palate : Mid light bodied. Straight bitter roasty character on lighter bedding. Slightly earthy , organic at finish. Late roast bitterness. Not much of oatmeal character…dry stout.
RnH: tap: Pours a dark mahagony, almost unable to see through. Nose is very complex, lots of ddark fruit, raisins, earthy/ pine, bitters/ coffee. The tase also has nice depth, complex as well with similar notes as the nose. The one thing holding this beer back from being great: body... it was a 50/50 split between creamy and watery. Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2009
Draught. Appeared like liquid dark chocolate leaning toward charcoal with a third of an inch foamy tan head. Aroma was of sweet caramel and lactose, some licorice, and fruity hops at the end. Flavor introduced a sweet oatiness, creamy caramel, light licorice and a hoppy bitter finish. Palate was of course consistently smooth. The only fault I find is that it was perhaps too balanced, I didn’t really notice any roast character and it generally tasted more of a doppelbock than a stout somehow.