nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
Bottle sent to me in a trade by ben4321. Thanks, Ben! At the time, I hadn’t rated any Maryland beers, but since then I’ve racked up quite a few. Aroma is roast, anise, and dark fruits. Flavor is pleasant but not great, with roast, anise, and dark fruits, especially grape and raisin, both sweet and mildly tart, along with some slight hops. Alcohol is a little more noticeable than it should be for a 6-percenter. Medium body with slight astringency on the palate. This is pretty average for a stout, enjoyable but nothing that blew me away. jb (3254) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Sweet nose, cola, nuts, chocolate. Dark brown, tan head. Palate is tangy, sweet, not real oily like I prefer in a sweet stout. A bit gritty, hoppy, maybe a tad out of balance, still pretty decent. GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2009
In an effort to knock out the rest of my backlog, my ratings will be fairly generic and sparse. If the beer had anything special to offer, it will be noted following this disclaimer. The number ratings above are accurate based on my tasting notes. Following the elimination of my backlog, all beers will be entered in real time and will be more useful. Sorry for the inconvenience. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2009
Surprisingly, not too bad of a stout. Decent sweetness and fairly mellow.
Appearance is clear brown, with red at the edges. Not much head, if any. The smell is sweet caramel and toffee. Some sour grape and raisin. Not much of the roasted, grainy balanced I had anticipated for this style. The taste is grapes, dates and prunes. Very sweet, with a hint of roasted caramel malts. Sweet plums. A tad musty but not bad. Some hints of grainy oats as it warms up. Dark berries. The feel is smooth like honey. Not as dry as I had expected. It’s very sweet and not nearly enough roasted balance. More like a dark or brown ale. unclemike (3124) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JUL 8, 2009
sampler pack Bottle. Pours dark dark red brown, tan head. Aroma is licorice, molasses, nuts, and malt. Flavor is molasses, caramel, malt, nuts, coffee. Light to medium body for a sweet stout.
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Pours solid brown with a foamy tan head. Toast bread and nutty caramel aroma. The oatmeal seems to be more pronounced in this beer than most oatmeal stouts but it’s not unpleasant. Very roasty and toasty with some choc and coffee tones as well. Overall pretty good but I wish it had a thicker body. SrSilliGose (3331) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 29, 2009
bottle. pours dark with a nice fluffy tan head. some milk chocolate, roasted malts. creamy mouthfeel. not bad. biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2009
Beer of the month club last month. Tasty stout. Had this one last week but I wanted to sit on 800 for a bit... you know, let it LINGER. jcr (2705) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2009
Bottle. Black body with a tan-colored head, moslty lasting. Aroma of milk chocolate, roasted malt, latte and toast. Moderately sweet, lightly bitter flavor, but the finish is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. The moderate bitter bite is a nice contrast to the sweet malts. Medium body with a creamy texture. Mild carbonation. Fairly straightforward oatmeal stout, but well done. gps5012 (1) - , Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2009 does not count
Smells of caramel, coffee, roasty malt, flavor is a mix of dark malts, caramel, chocolate, with a fadingly sweet aftertaste. Above average