BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Had this at their tap room. In the Spring of 2013. Very nice stout. Roasty and chocolaty but not overly so. wxman (1819) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2013
On tap at Civil Life. Pours a clear dark brown/garnett (it is not opaque). Has a thin but resilient light tan head. Taste is sweet caramel and dark malts with a bit of coffee and butteriness to add some interest. This is a truly great session ale. Low ABV and plenty of gritty flavor. phaleslu (10239) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2013
Half pint at the brewpub. Pours a dark but clear brown color with minor reddish highlights and a small khaki head. Nice aroma; very dry and toasty, with chocolate, roast, and coffee notes. Flavor follows the same lines, but good lord is there a lot here for so little alcohol. Dry, light-bodied, and taosty, with mellow carbonation. Loved this. Could drink it all day. DiarmaidBHK (4891) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at the bridge. Pours black with a thin kind of khaki foam which leaves a bit of lacing. Slight malt note on the nose. Big roasted malt flavor on the tongue. Finishes clean and tight. This is a nice, sessionable beer at only 3.5%. seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - APR 12, 2013
Brought home a growler from the brewpub, enjoyed in a nonic pint glass. It poured a near opaque mahogany colour, redder at the edges when held to a bright light, with short-lived beige foam. True-to-style Irish stout characteristics: malty, burnt toast, roasted grain bitterness, hints of chocolate, very faint earthy and flowery English hops, tea-like tannins and mild mineral water hardness. Tart, bright coffee-like acidity, almost a hint of sourness. Crisp mouthfeel and too thin body typical of Guinness; my favorite stouts are a bit fuller and breadier, with improved head retention and lace from flaked barley or oats. But don’t worry, Civil Life makes a different stout like that. Compared to Guinness, this one contained more flavor complexity overall, despite such a low alcohol content. It struck me as a roastier English Mild, or perhaps an example of the forgotten war-time style called Government Ale. Refreshing and highly drinkable, with a pleasant charred aftertaste which finished quite dry. Another good one from the new world masters of session ale.
vyvvy (6460) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Another winner from Civil Life. Pours dark brown with a light tan head. The aroma has roasty malt, coffee bitterness, Irish ale yeast, cocoa and an overall dryness - very clean and nice. It has a light crisp body with a modest amount of carbonation. The flavor starts with the aroma notes, but not as much bitterness as well as a bit more cocoa and earthy yeast. The finish is pretty refreshing for a stout. Really nice beer & extra kudos for making a beer with this much flavor so low in alcohol.