j12601 (13298) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Had this at BCTC after the fest, back at the campsite, courtesy of Eugene. Pours a deep brown to black with a thin beige head. Toast and roast, chocolate on the nose. A touch sweet, tangy plum. Chocolate and roast. Long smooth roast and chocolate. I was surprised at how well this one held up. rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2008
Draught at Hop Devil, NYC. Pitch black, brown head. Smoked malt aroma, chocolate, milk, cocoa, smoked fish, ash and some fruity notes. Smoked flavor, ash, rather malty, cocoa, nice balance and a rather pleasant finish. Slipstream (2719) - USA - FEB 18, 2008
Had a pint on tap. Dark brew with tan head, no lacing. Flavor of coffee, smoke, a little peat - a nice, easy-going stout. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Very fizzy-looking, coke coloured and feeding a cola-like head, active and unlasting. Quite roasty nose, though not taking any chocolate or coffee costumes: straight up burnt toast. As a result, it does not feel very complex. It certainly has little to do with foreign stouts. It is very dry on the palate. As a result, it is quite drinkable. SImple, but clean, fresh and well done. Perhaps a tiny touch of cocoa can be felt, but really, this is straight up dry roastiness and subtle hoppiness. I was quite surprised at the body’s leanness. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2008
On tap at the Hop Devil Grill, NYC. Mild roast aroma. Looks great, pitch black, bit slightly off white head. Great taste - huge flavour, full bodied, tons of roast, very drinkable. Really solid.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Growler from HDG. Deep dark black in color with a little head that left a nice lacing. Smokey malty chocolatety aroma. Roasty nutty chocolatety flavor. Caramel notes. Finish is smokey. Medium bodied. Well balanced. Creamy. Nice beer. Very drinkable. ChrisJ (100) - Warrenton, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Tap Publick House. Pours very dark and nearly opaque. Head is light tan and leaves some lacing. The aroma is moderately malty with notes of chocolate and toffee present. The aroma was nice and malty. The flavor is firm yet subtle. Roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, some espresso are all players here, and yet do not overpower. Nice balance. There is slight malt bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. A very nice stout. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
On tap at the brewery’s restaurant. It was actually listed there as "foreign extra stout," so if I’m rating the wrong beer, maybe somebody can point that out. Anyway, very dark, if not black body. Whatever head there was had disappeared by the time it got to my table. Aroma mostly of coffee bean, and, maybe I’m nuts, a distinct ham scent. Flavor sort of a sweet coffee, almost like coffee ice cream. Bitterness comes and goes, at one point becoming rather astringent on the palate, but somehow the beer corrected itself by the end. I enjoyed the beer greatly as I drank it, but rating it (a day and a half later), I feel like it wasn’t all that special. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
In short: A Schwarzbier meets a Stout. Pleasant session black beer.MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
How: Tap at Holy Smoke BBQ, Mahopac, NY
The look: Black body with a little beige ring of foam
In long: Dry fruity black beer. Toasted bread with blackberry jam. A little lemon acidity/tartness in the finish. Expansive carbonation might be a bit too much for the light body. Body is thin, toasted and fizzy. Pretty much the opposite of a creamy sweet Foreign Stout. Nice session beer nonetheless. Graciously offered to us by a Southampton representative when he realized that we were beer geeks who came from far away for a Southampton festival at Holy Smoke. Sometimes it pays to be a beer geek but usually it just costs a lot of money to be a beer geek.
My Bottom Line:
Roasted malts throughout evolve into toastiness and bitterness, as scant fieldberries roam on by. This is a decent pint, but definitely not as memorable as many other Southampton creations.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is barely a ring of foam to decorate the near blackness.
-The body is lean, but perhaps too much so for my tastes. Carbonation is quite lively as well, so the mouthfeel is not as soothing as most stouts can be.
-Green hoppiness supports the moderate roasty bitterness in the back.
-This lacked dark chocolate sweetness and thus a little residual sugar, at least to my tastes.
On tap at Holy Smoke BBQ, Mahopac, NY.