coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle. Pours nearly black with a thin tan head. Aroma is rich roasted malt, some dark chocolate and coffee. Flavor is roasted grain, dark chocolate, roasted (not bitter) coffee, a little ash, a hint of tartness. Finish is long and rich, with little bitterness. Palate is not heavy, but a bit astringent. A great beer for those who like smooth, flavorful, not bitter dry stouts. PorterPounder (8364) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 16 oz bottle. Pours a violet-black with a initial bubbly khaki colored head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has a hint of earthiness and black dirt. Nice dry flavor, subtle and unpretentious. A bit of unsweetened chocolate, some rich black dirt, and a back end nuttiness. Mouthfeel is sufficiently dry and chalky. Decent. Aurelius (5662) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2011
Powdery, nut-cream stout aroma. Black beer, stiff tan head head, love the Sprecher bottles except for the twistoff. Coffee/cocoa bitter, a little briny, sour, not sweet. Frothy mouthfeel, medium body. A bit warming. Coffee finish. This was pretty good - I always look forward to a new Sprecher. New Leaf Market -- I liberated the single from a 4-pack and the sprout-munchers almost busted me when it didn’t ring up right. nearbeer (5671) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2011
12 oz. Pitch with a small ring of creamy, tan froth. Nose of scorched caramel, char, and a hint of smoke. Medium-heavy body is to the sweet side, astringent, and a bit too fizzy and tingly. Flavor is espresso with light cream, vanilla, cherry, and charred grain. Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2011
I was surprised how swet this was for and Irish Stout. Lots of typical coffee and chocolate, plus some vanilla, but also not nearly as dry as I was expecting when I hear Irish Stout. Still tasty, though.
bpreo (3011) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2011
So this beer only comes around twice a year? It is pretty darn good, but it’s not like there are no other Irish Stouts on the market. Not so very special anymore is it? AbsoluterZero (11) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Source: 16 oz bottle from local retailer.
Aroma: Has a moderate roasty smell to it, sweet chocolate and caramel malts come through. Accidentally dipped my nose into the glass.
Appearance: The beer is a very dark brown/black; not quite completely black, but close. A decently full and thick light brown head tops the pour.
Taste: The head has got a little bit of staying power to it which is nice and malty on its own. The beer itself only lightly bitter, with solid flavors of roasted barley and coffee with slightly fainter chocolate and caramel notes.
Palate: The beer has a moderately full body and, as I expect from the style, a nice smooth quality to it. Very easy to drink.
Overall: A very respectable dry stout. It’ll be in my St. Patrick’s day rotation, methinks. wlajwl (7213) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Among the better dry stouts, not as watery as Guiness Draught, but still has a nice coffee bite to it. xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Pours thick syrupy dark brown with little to no head. Flavor is slighty burnt with hints of car coal, nice and malty with a caramel finish. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Tasted 7/15/10. Pint bottle. Opaque with a dark brown hue. Finger width of dissipating khaki head. Aromas of toast, fudge, dark chocolate and graham crackers. Full bodied with a definite dry palate. Modest effervescence that accompanies a bitter dark hop flavor and coffee astringency. Dry but not too bitter. Mild acidity, which is good. This is a smooth sipper, no doubt!