tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Witch’s Hat: Fully black center, some dark brown beaming at the edges, sitting with a lightly foamy layer of dark-beige micro-bubbles on top. Aroma is straight amaretto; heavy concentrated almond, cream, & faint dark cherry notes underneath. Velvety & quite potent for a 4.5% ABV stout. Taste is loaded with more reminders of amaretto, huge almond flavor with lighter hints of burnt coffee grounds, bitter dark cocoa dust, a faint dark fruit presence, & some dry, roasted malt in the finish. The amaretto flavors feign sweetness, but this stout is actually quite roasty & dry, leaving your palate without moisture in the finish. Pretty unique, I love amaretto so this was nice; plus having low-ABV options are never a bad thing - hard to find in stouts, too!
From notes. On tap at Witch’s Hat on March 17. The pour is jet black with no head and no lacing (I think there is a pattern with their stouts). The aroma is surprisingly nutty. I like the strong almond presence. There is a little coffee on the back end, and some of what I could describe as a cherry cordial (dark fruit and a little cocoa). The flavor seems a bit more oriented to the java side of things with a touch of the nuttiness, but a dominate coffee. The mouth feel is a bit thin, and it’s not really as coating or clingy as a good stout should be. There is a medium carbonation and some good aftertastes; a nice nuttiness behind the coffee and a good dryness