keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Black with barely existent medium brown head. More bubbly head that Guinness or a nitrogen-tapped stout. Aroma is all roast with some hints of cocoa. Very bitter for a stout, but quite good too. Very full mouthfeel. I like it! grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Nice sweet flavor. Solid stout. incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Aroma is a lot of black licorice. Ick. Luckily that faded once it warmed. Roasty and fruity, not bad at all. Received a few free bottles at Muskie Capital in Hayward. "Road Sodies"! BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2007
I wasn’t very impressed with this beer, particularly when there are so many truly superior stouts out there. I found it to have a rather good smokey taste (think that Schlenkerla smoked sausage taste), but with a thin mouthfeel and some rather strange off-odors, like a lot of vinousness.
Appearance was pretty good; this beer had an abundant tan head and a black body of medium thickness. Aroma was not so good. There was a lot of liquorice notes, but also a cheap vodka smell which reminded me of hydrogen peroxide and I believe was a vinous off-note. Flavor was inhibited by a very flat mouthfeel, but was like a rauchbier…smokey like summer sausage.
Still, if I wanted smokey, I’d choose a real rauchbier, and if I wanted a really good stout, I think I’d choose something different. I got this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.
prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2007 Not sure if I maybe got a bad bottle. Poured from the bottle with a vanishing dark tan head. Fizzy like cola. Tasted like someone mixed a cup of strong coffee with a Coca-Cola. I’ll give it a week and see if another bottle works better.
RE-RATED 12/15/07: Original Score 2.2. Tried again, figuring it cannot be that bad. Now, this is more like it! Nice dark pour, a little thin-bodied, almost like a Porter, with a thin creamy white head. Still medium bodied overall. Aroma is smoky/coffee. flavor is spicy, which is helped by the relatively high amount of carbonation. Nice finish. This is a pretty good Stout from a brewery I am going to try more from!
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Tasted 10/2/07. 12oz bottle. Pitch and inky black. Aromas of toast and coffee. Touch peppery. Nice nose. Medium to full bodied with a nice rolling palate. Sticky good. Spicy brew. Coffee and vanilla flavors. Chocolate and dry fruits. Tight effervescence. Toasty. Sticky sweet with a nice anise note. Good roast, nice body, Good Stout! Mrthirstyneck (341) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2007
nice nice stout guys. toasty and raosty with bits of caramel and chocolate too. very smooth. leave a tad to be wanted on the backside but a great beer really! holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Sampled at RAYBOY01’s Cajun Fais-Do-Do. Pours a dark brown black with a tan head. Old stale malts are overbearing in the nose. Chocolate and fruit try to balance that out. Dry chocolate flavors, not much depth. Meh. ChainGangGuy (4930) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with red-hued edges and a wispy, thin tan head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, malty nose with hints of dark chocolate and a light roastiness.
Taste: Starts with ample semi-sweet chocolate and a good measure of coffee in the flavor. Mild caramel notes. The finish is roasty, almost ashen.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Fizzy carbonation.
Drinkability: Would be much better if they’d ease up on the carbonation. islay (3004) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2007
12 oz. bottle. Strong, tart, classic stout aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and milk or cream. Pours a translucent, sparkling dark brown with an amber hue. Small amount of short-lasting tan head. Looks like Coca-Cola in the glass. Bitter, roasted coffee flavor dominates the initial taste, but there is a sweet, cream-flavored finish. Nice contrast between the opening sharp jolt and the soft milk chocolate sweetness to which the flavor settles. Slight alcohol taste as well. Surprisingly little aftertaste. Medium to heavy body. Creamy and almost oily in the palate. Lively on the tongue. Rhoades’ Scholar Stout is a fine example of the style. It won’t blow many people away, but nor will it offend them.