91 Extra Stout, Jopen (Holland). 5.5% ABV (1/09)
Dark brown color with a fine foamy head. Lovely aromas of oil roasted nuts, chocolate fudge and clay follow through on a supple entry to a dry medium body with great depth and wonderful roasted espresso note. Finishes with a long, chocolate-covered espresso bean and charred nut fade. Powerfully delicious.
91 Dry Irish Stout, Moylan’s Brewing Co. (CA). 4.8% ABV (12/07)
Opaque black brown color with a tan head. Rich coffee, chocolate, bruised apple and wet cement aromas and flavors with along, baked apple, lemon curd, burnt sugar and nut fade.
87 O’Hara’s Irish Stout, Carlow Brewing Company (Ireland). 4.3% ABV (1/09)
Opaque brown-black color with a foamy head. Cocoa, muddy barnyard haystack and mossy stone aromas follow through on a soft, brisk entry to a light-to-medium body with roasted nut and tangy dried orange peel notes. Finishes crisply with a cocoa and earth fade. A nice quaffer.
87 Dry Irish Stout, Grumpy Troll Brewery (WI). 4.2% ABV (1/09)
Rich, dark chocolate toffee, molasses and roasted root vegetable aromas follow through on a round entry to dry medium body with cocoa pudding and nutshell notes on the breezy finish.
84 Irish Stout, Beamish and Crawford Breweries (Ireland). 4.3% ABV (12/07)
Dark brown color with a lingering manila nitrogenated head. Subtle aromas of nuts, cocoa and cream. A brisk entry leads to a rather thin, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body of cocoa, clay and nuts. Finishes with a breezy nutty fade. A light session beer.