matthewjk (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
First try from Triton - Hmmm... not the best in the business here. Lots of toffee and caramel on the nose; oily and wincing on the tongue. Not something I want to encounter in battle again. Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - APR 8, 2013
Bottle. 4/8/13. Pours opaque brown-black with a very thin brown head. Aroma is bread, chocolate, vanilla, fruit, molasses, sweetness (toffee?), hint of coffee. Taste is creamy, chocolate, fruit (berries, grapes), hint of alcohol, roasty; finish is slightly bitter, light coffee flavor. Well-balanced. Some lacing. Creamy, medium-full bodied mouth feel. Medium-low carbonation. Nice, drinkable, acceptable. At the 5.5 ABV, it’s almost sessionable. Wouldn’t write home about it, but I’d order a couple in a bar. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2013
12oz bottle, shared. Thanks to radarsock. Very dark brown, but still clear color, around the edges. Good, thin lighter brown head, little lace. Impressive nose - big roasty malt and dark fruit. Nice big flavor, good dark chocolate and roast malts. Light coffee in the finish. Flavor like a 7% stout. Medium body. Kind of creamy, good crisp carbonation. Nice big bitterness. Very solid stout. b3shine (9145) - Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2013
Bottle to snifter (thanks DrSilverworm). Looks solid; a fairly opaque black with thin beige lacing. Smells solid too; roasty and malty. Tastes like it smells with a nice, dry mouthfeel. Solid beer. jhp40219 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 25, 2013
12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours black with a one finger tan head that fades into a ring of bubbles and leaves a decent amount of lacing. Mouth watering aroma of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Bitter hops and roasted malts dominate the taste. The hop bitterness is surprising. Did not expect that at all from the nose. Slight hint of toffee after it warms on the tongue. Long finish of even more bitter hops and raosty matls. Full bodied but a little on the thin side for a stout, sticky and creamy texture, average carbonation. Interesting stout in that the hops come through so strong, almost to the point of tasting like a Black IPA. Not a bad thing by any means and a nice change of pace from the average stouts. Overall a very enjoyable stout that I’d go so far as to call crisp tasting. Something I don’t think I have ever said about a stout before.
mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Bottle. Thanks josh. Pours black thin tan head. Smokey toasted aroma. Taste is slight tangy fruit maybe going south. Some roasted chocolate too dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2013
12oz bottle via trade. Poured a thick dense black body with an average/large dark beige thick foamy head. Initial aroma was dark roasted smelts with some burnt toffee/vanilla sweetness. After breathing some burnt toast, lactose, oats and some light touches of sweet chocolate syrup. Medium bodied with rather soft carbonation and a quicker finish on the aftertaste. Started off great but flavor and aroma faded while it sat in my glass. MacBoost (1936) - Victor, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Pours a pretty deep billy dee brown with a nicely sized tan head that lasts for a while. Aromas of roast and perhaps a touch of powdery cocoa and instant coffee. Taste is similar - lightly roasted coffee, hazelnut, some cocoa powder. Average carbonation, pretty thin mouthfeel. Decent at best. radarsock (1223) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Bottle from StFun. Thanks! Pours a deep dark brown representing a thin khaki head. Aromas of molasses (strong), roast, traditional yeast, and coffee grounds. Tastes of caraway seeds, roast, ink, algae, and hops. Leather, plastic, and cucumber by swallow. Interesting. Glad I had the opportunity to try. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Tap and bottle ratings: Deep brown hue with a fading tan head, spotty lace. The aroma has notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, walnuts, oats, prune and tobacco. The bottle did not display the amount of Diacetyl I found from the tap but the bottle displays some DMS so the trade off is miniscule. The taste is sweet and mostly malty with a touch of fruity notes and very lightly hopped. The roasty coffee-like character is the thing keeping this from becoming cloy... and that it is a session stout with little heaviness. Oh, there appears to be the beginning of lactic sourness that hints of developing infection issue. The mouth feel is chalky and somewhat dry, short. Meh, it is what it is, I found the tap offering disappointing and the bottle not much better.