corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a viscous dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Surprisingly hop forward aroma for the style with a strong earthy pine presence that’s countered by sweet and roasted dark malts. Prominent spicy, grassy hops with hints of pine needle and spruce tip followed by dark chocolate, caramel, coffee bean and toast. As it warms, the malt characteristics come to the forefront but it still has too strong of a hop presence for my preference.
On the fuller end of medium bodied with a strong earthy hop presence that slightly overpowers the complex malt profile. Dry and bitter with lots of resinous pine and spicy, grassy hops that linger over the sweet and roasted notes into a bone dry finish. As it warms, the malts become stronger with hints of burnt toast, dark chocolate, robust coffee bean, caramel, toffee and oatmeal but the hop bitterness still dominates. A bit one dimensional with lots of bitterness and almost acrid roasted malt. The ABV is well masked but it could use some sweetness for balance. This is supposed to be a toned down Hr. Frederiksen but I find it tougher to drink.
OleR (4376) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.5 L bottle. A finger of tan cream head, upon a translucent deep ruby brown body. Inviting chocolate aroma. Delicate milk-chocolate with a dry/powdery touch. Also some gently roasted dark malts, faint tinned fruits, and some subtle vanilla tones. More than medium full. Smooth and velvetly in the mouth. Soft, light sparkling carbonation. Taste is more powerfull than the aroma indicate. There is a generous amount of bold bittering hops in here, and lots of well roasted dark malts. Flavors of burnt caramel, bitter coffee/chocolate, a mellowing malt-sweetness, and a fine note of vanilla. A nicely balanced, complex and well crafted beer.
pushkinwow (1618) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown with frothy light brown head. Lots of coffee and chocolate, roasted malt, light anise and alcohol, bit of fruit, for some odd reason oak. Moderate body and low carbonation, becomes dry, lots of chocolate on the finish and a very nice depth as well.
BeerSkull (1070) - SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Bottle). Big aroma of roasted malt with hints of coffee. Taste of roasted malt and coffee. Vaguely bitter aftertaste. I think this beer is pretty boring, but because of the good ratings it has maybe I should try it again.
tom10101 (1844) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500 ml). Black with a medium creamy brown head and some lacing. Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is sweet with chocolate, roasted malt and a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is velvety. Very good stout and good use of the hops in this beer. Superb balance and nice drinkability for the style.
Minderbinder (1317) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with high creamy brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, sweet. Overall: good body, very sligth bitter finish.
fletchfighters (934) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A-- Poured a dark cola color, almost black. Medium pour got a large head that quickly receded to a root beer float colored head and level. Left spotty lacing through the entire glass. Very good head retention to this. Just little flashes of carbonation on the sides of the glass.
S-- Roasted malts, roasted barley, fresh roasted coffee, warm chocolate. Nice warm, inviting smell to this. Does get a little soft at times though.
T-- Coffee/ espresso grounds, coco powder, and lots of roasted malt. Almost to the point of over roasted.
M-- Bitter but smooth. Lots of bitter coffee/ espresso grounds in this. For as bitter as it is, it is still quite soft in the back and a little bit of acidity as well. Good touches of carbonation. Bitterness makes this a high medium feel and medium carbonated.
D-- Tasty stout. Well hidden ABV and a sipper due to the amount of bitterness in this. Bigger and bolder than what I expected. Well made beer.
kermis (3730) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Ørsted Ølbar. Pours brown, almost black with a tan head. Aroma is roasted, coffee, chocolate and biscuit, smooth and nice but not intense. Flavour matches aroma with a nice mellow and balanced medium sweetness and bitterness that is easy going but full of flavour. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
nick76 (4126) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is very nice with toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hay, and molasses. The appearance is dark brown with a smaller head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall this one comes really close to being really good.
Gription79 (2007) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Notes of chocolate, roasted malts, fruity, and slightly nutty. A very tasty stout.