Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle. Poured a deep mahogany with a short cap of caramel head. Nose picked up baker’s chocolate, smoky malts, and a hint of dark fruits... with a moderate roast to it. Flavor changed directions by focusing on Pac NW hoppage... with dry roasted chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit playing second, third, and fourth fiddles. Roasty coffee and pine bitterness meet alcohol astringency at the dry finish... decent, but felt slightly out of balance. A bit thin mid-palate, but filled out for the finish. Not a bad brew, yet there are better examples of the style to seek out. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - APR 30, 2008
Bottle 500 ml wlajwl (7212) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Appearance: Dark brown ale with good sized , tanned top , fragmental lace 4-
Nose :Light aroma , fairly dry with roast feel , some alcohol with dusty notion.
Flavor/Palate : Flat, medium bodied brew. Some chewy textures with light roast on side. Felt thin, diluted like with watery finish.
Among the better dry stouts, not as watery as Guiness Draught, but still has a nice coffee bite to it. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Sampled on tap at the sprecher tour (glendale, wi). Pours a deep dark blackish hue with brown notes and small cinnamon head. Aromas are light on the nose, light dry soda bread, darker malts, and a hint of chocolate. Body is thinner than expected, light notes of darker malts, chocolate, light cream, and vague dry soda bread. Finishes with minimal sweetness and a nice palate stick. Ok. HogTownHarry (7086) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - OCT 10, 2007
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle . Opaque black pour, average tan head. Burn aroma, cocoa, dry hops, hint of peat and salt. Taste (blankboy’s WRONG, ignore his rating!) is smooth, roast malt, molasses, prune and caramel - silky and simple. Light body, mild burnt aftertaste - pretty solid, IMHO.
blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2011
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, black brown with a malty herbal roast and rye aroma and flavor, thin on the finish BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2005
Bottle: Deep brown with an initial fizzy tan head which reduced to a fine ring and good lace. The aroma has notes of burnt and toasted malts, coffee, mocha, grassy and herbal hops, and prune. The taste starts bittersweet with a heavy dose of coffee like bitterness upon the finish. A bit lactic and fruity twang makes it interesting. A solid dry stout. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Duane via trade. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some burnt notes. Pours a dark brown with some minimal orange hilights and a moderate tan head with decent retention. Lots of burnt malt with very light hints of chocolate. Finsihes with some bitter black coffee, nuttiness, light piney bitterness. For some reason the flavors just don’t mesh well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and somewhat fizzy. 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. nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2009 16oz bottle, brewed for St. Patricks day, drank in July. Opaque black with stained glass corners. Thin, oily head. Sweet, adjunct-ridden aroma. Sub-par roasty chocolate characteristics. Smooth and drinkable at best, old and artificial at worst. Sweet butterscotch and brown sugar notes. Medium bodied. Sub par all the way, though it improves slightly as it reaches room temperature and becomes more Porter-like.