bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black body with an intially large, dark tan head. A little lacing.
Big chocolate aroma. Roasted malt, plum/raisin and maybe a little alcohol also in the aroma. Nice.
Syrupy sweet malts and bittersweet chocolate dominate the flavor. Nice bitter bite between the hops and malts. Alcohol is 100% masked.
Full bodied with a great creamy mouthfeel. Long finish and quite warming. Bring the snow on!
rouhlas (78) - GREECE - JUL 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
355 ml bottle, 2010 vintage, at home. Black color with nice beige-brown head. Aroma is roasted malty with a lot of coffee, chocolate, some vanilla and wood, fruity (blackberries?) and some alcohol. Taste is light sweet and it becomes heavy bitter almost from the beginning. Coffee and chocolate again in the taste. Medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, nice alcoholic warming bitter finish.
chucklemation (423) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan foam head. Has an aroma of smokey wood, malts, and sweet dark fruits (perhaps the currants). Flavor is smoke, wood, chocolate, and malts, with a dose of bitterness. A unique, very tasty stout.
Tonkun (784) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch dark pour with half a finger of mocha head. Chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, tire. Very big body. Roasty bitterness yet vanilla sweetness throughout. Pretty nice
generallee08 (617) - New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
It pours thick and dark. The color is a very dark brown/black with a light brown head on top. Its head is nice tightly packed two finger thick foam that has very good retention and slick lacing. The aroma has a full rich nose of sweet and roasted barley with a touch of woody and smokey malt. The hops add an almost citrus like note and there is a noticeable hint of the alcohol. Its flavor is full of dark roasted malty character and complexity. There are flavor notes from sweet molasses and maple sugar to coffee, bitter dark chocolate and woody/smoke/charred malt with bitter herbal and citrus like hops. Mellow nutty/grainy alcohol notes mix in as well and add anther layer of complexity. The palate is firm and smooth with just enough carbonation to give it some life.
madmitch76 (14469) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
9th May 2014
Leighton 10K tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton for this vintage stout. Opaque dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Light palate. Oxidised dark malt, tangy too. Trace of dark fruits. Light dry finish. Cleary a little weary but still interesting.
Theydon_Bois (7938) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at the Black (IPA) Friday tasting, 2010 vintage, thanks to LKS 09/05/14.
Black with a moderate tan covering that thins to edgework.
Nose is fruit cake, light spice, figs, dates, dark chocolate, raisens.
Tase comprises much the same.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent impy, has aged gracefully, alcohol well integrated.
Leighton (10534) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2014 Bottle shared in London - picked up in NYC way back when I lived there. As such, this is a 2010 vintage. Nice aroma, some sugary milk chocolate, dark fruits, Hershey’s chocolate bar. Medium sweet flavor, lots of aged, liquefied dark fruits, chocolate, dark cherries, soft wood, mellow bitterness. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Well balanced on the finish, lightly warming, good rainy character, milk chocolate, other dark fruits. Really nicely balanced and deep. Has aged quite well!
Scopey (6311) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours darkest brown with a minimal light tan head. The nose is toasty, earthy, coffee, cocoa, dirt and fudge. The taste is rich, sweet, dirty, toffee, caramel, candy, toast, earth, light spice, dirt and wood with a dry finish. Medium and fine carbonation. Fine.
Brentv (314) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle. Pours an opaque jet black with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, a little smoky, chocolate. Taste is the same, a little sweetness, some hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced. Lightly carbonated. Some lacing. A delicious stout.
Iphonephan (3058) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Milk chocolate nose. Flavors of licorice, roasted grains, and hints of bittersweet chocolate. Medium to heavy body, moderate carbonation, Bitter roasted finish.