Brigadier (3760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2009 UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
a: deep rich brown color, very nice foamy brownish white head, that reduces very slowly to medium lacing
s: hints of roasted malt, toffee, chocolate
t: excellent beer, rich flavor of coffee and choclate with a hint of what appears to be toffee or some nut
On tap at brewpub Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 29, 2008
At 5.0% this is a decent sessionable Guinness-like alternative. At $2.50 it is worth a pint. At full price I would have still get one depending on the rest of the offerings at the time. This meets all the classic requirements of a dry stout so if that is your thing give it a try.
Aroma / Appearance - A dense one finger head was shaved down as I watched from my seat at the bar. When it got to me about half was left protecting a black fluid body. Rye toast, oatmeal, and a hint of ash melded cleanly and simply. The trace sweetness was hard to pin down precisely.
Flavor / Palate - Just a trace too watery the mouthfeel is still flavorful. Cooled firewood left over from a bonfire mixed with chocolate flakes and delicate hops to sweep across the tongue. Fading at a sedate pace it left hints behind but not much more. I would definitely order this again if I were at Willoughby more often.
Objectively speaking: JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 17, 2004
An exemplary dry stout that surpasses most of the Irish ones.
Large nitro brown head. Medium bodied, full bodied for a dry stout. Well extracted roastiness avoid any metallic or inky hints. Still finishes with a fair dose of ashey dullness, but a dry nut skin finish saves the game.
Light lactic notes do not interrupt the spectacle, but might if not fresh.
Lots of creamy chocolate in the nose, alcohol notes. Flavor is smooth, but not much going on. Some odd medicine notes in the finish. Palate is pretty thin for this style. hershiser2 (3694) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2004
BEAUTIFUL beer. Looked a lot like the beauty of Guinness, completely with the light fluffy head.
Not much of a smell whatsoever.
Taste: a hint of smokiness, but not really enough to make it all worthwhile. Not bad, but I really expected more.
Light and watery in the mouthfeel.
I had two of these back to back, and it didn't fill me up. However, after two I had the urge to switch to another (and better) brew.