Hammy78 (739) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 Bottle. Pours a midnight black, with a massive tan head that has spots of lace. Nose of rich dark roasted malts coffee and caramel sugars. Tastes a perfect balance of bitter, dark chocolate and coffee like malts. Everything you could ask for, good job.
Gorbalev (2927) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Bottle, 9%, LCBO. Pitch black with a chocolatey brown head. Aroma is interesting but not quite inviting - sort of tinny, some alcohol, but in a port sort of way, a bit of roast malt - this threw me off a bit. Taste - better! Sweet, strong, roasty and rich. Medium oily mouthfeel suits it perfectly. A thick big beast of a stout that is very good, but just finishes too short - lacks the complexity of the exceptional beers in this category. Still, a fine effort that I will buy again (and have already) - aging should do this one some good as well.
solidfunk (4027) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells very good from the outset. Pours black/mahogany with mocha foam. There’s smoke, roast malt and hops in the taste here. Pretty low carbonation. Taste has a little spice but palate is very cloying - leaves sour after five second mark. Very sweet and syrupy, palate is very viscous. Almost a little puckering. Starts off well but doesn’t really end on the same note. A little overrated. 2012 bottle.
lukin (457) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours inky black, brown head. Aroma is chocolate and expresso, roast. Taste is fantastic. Warming, yet no alcohol, rich coffee and chocolate, sweet start and just enough bitter hop at the end to balance it out. Really nice, looking forward to seeing how this does in a few years in my cellar.
yarry (527) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle, 9% a/v
To start, the wax dip is cool, but harder to get off than id like! Spent a minute just trying to get into the bottle. Pours a thick creamy looking black color with a thick chocolatey looking brown head. Aroma is nutty, chocolate, and roasty coffee (though I had a stuffed up nose during this rating, so may have missed some nuances). The taste is fantastic, espresso, chocolate, and a bit nutty. Palate is thick, creamy and taste. Overall a spectacular brew, worth the minute of getting through the wax! Great brew Jaime and pals!
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Found at the Lickbow, 500mL bottle format. The wax top looks awesome but unfortunately makes it a pain in the ass to open. Pours an opaque dark brown with a medium tan head. The aroma is quite nice, rich dark chocolate with minor coffee and perhaps a hint of herbal hops. Flavour has anise, dark fruits, dark chocolate and some dryness to balance the odd sourness I also pick up on (minor acidity). Finishes with some tar-esque character. Feels somewhat light on the palate for the style. Over-all quite a nice stout for the Ontario beer scene, though this would probably be far better with a year or so of age.
northropfrye (2218) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pain to open the bottle but a very nice beer was inside. Dark black appearance with brown head. Warm bready malt aroma with dark chocolate notes. Tastes of dark chocolate, dried fruit, and bitter coffee. Excellent stuff.
dreamflower (580) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is intoxicating. :) It’s heaven in a glass. Caramel chocolate aroma. Toasted caramel head. Deep dark chocolate colour. Chocolate caramel coffee taste. I want to steal this from northropfrye.
AGAquino (659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at C’est What. Pours a dark black with a creamy tan head. Nice aroma of toasted nuts, coffee and chocolate. Flavours of dried fruit, coffee and bitter chocolate.
Johnsense (805) - - OCT 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a minimal mokah coloured head. Rich smelling - coffee, Chocolate, 85% cocoa, wood in the aroma. Coffee bitterness up front, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, a very slight hint of lactic sourness (which works with this stout),slight herbal bitterness in there as well. Alcohol is well hidden for 10%. Full bodied. After years of mediocracy, Amsterdam has stepped up their game big time.