Theydon_Bois (16853) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at mum and dads, from Callans, 17/01/14.
Light black with a good sized tan head that dissipates then stays for the parteee as a covering.
Nose is vinous, oaky wood, dark berry fruit, tannins, toffee, light whisky strains, burnt sugar, touch of runner, cherry skins.
Taste comprises bitter dark fruits, lactic ring, burnt caramel, vinous, Black Forest gateaux light.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying closure with subtle BA notes.
Ok stout but a little immature for a BA example, lacks any real depth for 7%.
Beersiveknown (5053) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from drinkstore
pours dark ruby mahogany, vanilla yoghurt nose. Initial fluffy head and collapsed quickly. Slight bonfire aroma. Very full bodied but low carbonation, sweet red berries, dry tobacco, apple skins, milky coffee and a building dry finish. Doesn’t seem its strength but a touch more carbonation could set it alight. As it stands a fairly tasty stout that I’d try again.
culchiem (3508) - Berlin, GERMANY - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Jet black with a thin head. Liquorice aroma. Flavour is sweet malt, fruity chocolate with a little turf and smoke.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The head is stable, the body black. It smells sweet, sour-roasty. The taste is a bit sour, black-roasty, sweet, intensive maltaromatic, interesting and balanced. In the aftertaste still interesting but less intensive. Great stuff! 13/14/13/12/-/14
garthicus (2907) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2013 Okay, comparison time. Last score was 3.8 on cask (I’ll only adjust upwards if appropriate) appearance: again, jet black, small but persistent tanned head. Aroma: creamy, smoky, a little sour, some pepper, whiskey, new leather. Flavour: lovely silky smooth mouthfeel, light mocha, cream, leather, chocolate, smoke and vanilla, malty & tobacco finish. Quite lovely. Bumped to 4. Lovely.
On tap at the Irish Craft Village. Appearance: Jet black, mocha coloured head. Aroma: Slightly sour, a little chocolate with coffee and leather, some very slight barrel and whiskey notes detected. Flavour: Ah, okay, now I can taste the barrel aging! Wood, coffee, dark chocolate with again leather, vanilla, malty too with smoke and a long bitter coffee finish. Quite nice.
mzaar (2791) - Varberg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flaska från The Drink Store, Dublin. Mahognyfärgad med smutsvitt skum. Rostade nötter, lätt rökighet, citron och whiskey i aromen. Whiskeyn är ovanligt framträdande i smaken, men också citronsyrlighet, kaffe och röda bär ger en högst intressant stout.
kathouse (1626) - Nevada, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a creamy tan foam. Aroma was not a typical bourbon, but was oak and grainy alcohol instead. Whiskey flavor was dominant and not well balanced with the roasted malts. Although not necessarily a bad beer, it wasn’t smooth.
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany brown, wonderful off white head. Irish whiskey, not overdone, backed by roast malt. Fantastic flavour, dominated by that wood, whiskey essence. Finish is long, malt and alcohol warming.
Deu (946) - Nantes, FRANCE - MAR 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the irish fest village in Dublin. Impossible to judge the appearance because it was in a plastic cup. A really nice stout with a good whisky flavour. I recommend
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Irish Beer Village, Dublin (in a plastic cup unfortunately!). Black pour with thin bubbly tan head. Aroma has plenty of milk chocolate, lightly roasted notes, dark fruit, and lovely subtle fruity whiskey tones.Taste showcases plenty of chocolate and lightly roasted notes, will some vanilla from the barrel and fruity, floral whiskey flavours which linger on the palate. Medium mouthfeel. Very drinkable. This was excellent, looking forward to trying it in proper glassware, at a higher temperature, and not standing in a tent in the pissing rain.