joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2002
Thick black colour w/ little head & no lacing. Very nice aroma: chocolate, fruit (prunes, raisins) & . . . olives? Thick & chewy. Quite flavourful. Fruity (prunes, dates, raisins), licorice, aniseed, coffee & chocolate. A little sweet for the style. freekyp (2428) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2003
(cask conditioned version) Big frothy white head that dd not diminish through the entire pint. Strong roast malt nose with hints of licorice. Black as night. Initial taste was moderately roastly and bitter with licorice notes lingering in finish. Very smooth. Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 20, 2016
On tap at brewpub. Quevillon (3186) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2006
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a one finger creamy colored head that dissipated at a nice pace. Nice looking creamy lace.
The smell had a beautiful sweet to roasty coffee to malty chocolate colliding together extremely nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet with an underscore of the roast to balance. Light roasty sweet coffee to chocolate aftertaste. Smooth sweet finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a spectacular sessionability about it. Carbonation runs smooth and light allowing the creaminess to slide over my tongue in an awesome way.
Overall, what’s Guinness, hmmm, no need to drink that when in this part of Vermont, drink this instead.
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2007 Bu au pub en 2005. Probablement la meilleur des trois que j’ai bu là durant mes vacances. Très bon goût de malt roti et de cacao 70%. sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2005
July 23, 2005. 3 oz. sample at Vermont Pub & Brewery, Burlington, VT. From cask. Very dark black; small head. Aroma of chocolate, licorice, and vanilla; hint of smokyness. Flavor smoky (?); vanilla and roast. Slightly thin for the style. Good; not amazing.
asheft (3111) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2011
[on cask at brewpub] hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Black currant jam and coffee aroma with some sweet molasses. Opaque brown-black with a lasting, lacy, light brown cover. Sweet mocha and cream flavour that has an almost tingly sweet molasses finish. Medium to mild black malt bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, tangy dark chocolate finish.
On draft at the brew pub. Nice black color with a tan head. Nose has coffee and light chocolate. Taste has more of the same. Very nice irish stout. Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
Had both on cask and keg. Better version number-rated. Massively better on cask--vanilla notes in nose, cream, coffee. Middle coffee with some oily fish notes (it works well), finish oily hops and coffee swallow, roasted aftertaste. On keg was thin and lifeless. JoeMcPhee (9598) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
Deep dark brown/black beer. Aroma is great. Lots of rich cocoa and a nice dark chocolate nose. Fairly hoppy and roasty bitterness on the back. Well-balanced with a bit of toasted malt and even a bit of smoke. Nice stout. HonusWagner (2232) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2017
As you might expect this is another one of their good offerings with the roasty nose you’d hope for from the style and good drinkability. I’d easily pound a few back while watching some sportsball.