Boutip (4442) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with some black chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Taste is mix between some roasted coffee notes with light bitter notes of black chocolate with some subtle notes of liquorice and light lactose finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very drinkable and well balanced though doesn’t necessarily stand out from the pack with limited complexity.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Black beer,Brown head. Surprising light wine scent. Body has a thick oily feel. Flavour is a bit heavy and muddled. Alcohol, licorice, thick dusty chocolate body.
neongolden (319) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500ml 2012 bottle from LCBO) Poured opaque black with a thin tan head and no lace. Aromas of molasses, roasted malts, coffee, nutty vanilla and a little soy, but not particularly overpowering on the nose. Flavour a little more full. Roasted sweet dark malts, light coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, wood, a tick sour towards the finish. Finish reasonably dry and bitter with wood and roast. Mouthfeel is not smooth but not very full, carb soft, little alcohol even when warm. Decent flavours, balanced but nothing to stand out from the imperial stout crowd.
Lanchester (182) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a jet black with a thin, beige head; recedes to a thin ring around the glass and yields very sparse lacing. Rich, earthy aroma of roasted malts, coffee beans, dark chocolate and molasses...a winning combination. Taste follows aroma with a pleasing and well-balanced bitterness throughout. Full-bodied and smooth on the palate, low carbonation allows for all the flavors to assert themselves. A solid offering, and would certainly add this one to my list of go-to brews for the winter!
kevinsenn (946) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from LCBO. Pours opaque dark with a thin brown head. Aroma is really roasty, with leather and molasses. Taste is roasty, with bitter dark chocolate, and a bitter finish. A creamy vanilla taste creeps up over time. Smooth palatte, with light carbonation and a full body. This was great stuff - by far the best offering I’ve had from Amsterdam!
Metalchopz (2078) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 edition, found at the LCBO. Brown bottle with black wax over cap. Pours a real dark brown colour with no highlights found. Average head, creamy mocha, decent retention and a little lace. Beautiful coffee aromas with notes of roasted malt, molasses and nuts. Full-bodied with a nice silky smooth mouthfeel, and no burning at all. The taste is even mild, but with some roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, burnt wood, and hops showing in the end, giving some hints of apples. Goes down too smoothly... dangerous !! Nice to see one of the better Amsterdam products appear in Ottawa stores. Keep ’em coming !
rejtable (1123) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really love this one. Pours black with a light tan ring and no lacing. Nose is bitter chocolate and roasted grain. Aromas are dark chocolate, espresso, some dark fruit, roasted grain. Tastes are strong sweet with a really nice bitter finish. Alcohol is present but well integrated. Mouthfeel is medium body with lively carbonation.
OntBeerDrinker (376) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
1 finger soapy brown head. Jet black mabye little brown cant see if carbinaded. Smell is chocolate with some light bitterness that reminds me of ipa’s as it warms and a light sourness. Heavy bodied and tase of liquid/syrupy chocolate with a light bitterness that has a light sourness. Filling beer. Not worst or best stout I ever had. Stout fan here Cheer’s!
whitecap (289) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Pours black with a thick brown head. aroma of oats, chocolate, roasted malt, and hops and some caramel. really balanced overall but nothing really stands out as outstanding.
Digital_Aura (227) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. Even stiffly poured, there is barely a tan head. Minuscule lacing as well. Slightest of aromas suggests chocolate and roasted beans. Instantly superb flavour of sharp hops which is completely absorbed by the chocolatey sweet, malty goodness. Hides the alcohol well! Really thick mouthfeel which suits this offering. Wonderfully smooth palate, like a milkshake. Great beer!