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. jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2012
Draft at Sprecher. I’m digging this beer. Not enough to grab a growler of it but very drinkable for the price. Grab a sample on tap before you grab a whole six pack though. kaser (6430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2013
Jet black pour with rim of brown head. Smells like a chocolate bar. Sweet stout. Malty and coffee finish. Dry. Really good. Had this on draft at the sprecher brewpub in lake Geneva, IL. shrubber85 (11706) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Draft. Wood ash, coffee, and chocolate malt aroma. Black with moderate tan head. Sweet coffee, chocolate, malt, and moderately bitter herbal hay/ash flavor. Nice body. Very good. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Dark ruby color with a creamy tan head. Bittersweet chocolate/ coffee aroma. Nice roasted coffee taste with no bitterness, very smooth. I had this with North Coast's Old N. 38 stout and find it interesting how different areas of the country interpret styles of beer. While Sprecher gets their bitterness from the roasting process North Coast gets it from adding more hops, which impinge on the flavor of the beer. Being from the mid-west I prefer the Sprecher's way when it is 10 degrees outside, it just seems more appropiate.
badgerben (5378) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2003
Eh, not too bad. The commercial description actually does an accurate job. It's not an exceptional stout, but it is better than most. I'd rather have a Guinness or Beamish. CanIHave4Beers (4241) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Pours a black color with some deep ruby hues around the edges of the glass the head is medium and tight and really nice while it lasts, which unfortunately isn’t for very long and it doesn’t leave us any lace to remember it by. The beer is nicely aromatic with lots of dark chocolate, plenty of toast, and a touch of oats. The flavor is dry with plenty of bitter chocolate, some burnt toast, charred wood, nicely bitter with some very mild coffee at best, and just a slight twang of maybe some banana phenolic stuff. This is quite good. fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 6, 2010
Pours black with thin mahogany highlights when held to light, and a thin beige head that has great retention and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is roast, cocoa, toast, woody hops, light day old coffee and sweet toasty cereal grains. Flavor is roast, earth, salty chocolate, toasted malt, earth and woody hops. Palate is farily light bodied, very dry throughout with a light but fairly sharp carbonation. Pretty damn good for a dry stout. 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! SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 22, 2013
growler. black beer with a huge, whipped, tan head. sweet-ish aroma with milk chocolate. flavor is more bitter roast than the aroma suggests with a dark chalky roasted note. light body and dry, but very flavorful. very solid.