Alengrin (2872) - BELGIUM - APR 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the new Japanese craft brews, a smoked stout with thick and creamy, light beige head and opaque black robe. Aroma of smoked herring, bitter chocolate, mocha ice cream, wet leather, bacon, charcoal, bayleaf, cold coffee, some vanilla, salmiac, cappuccino, toasted bread, candied figs, dried thyme, some vanilla, hints of soy sauce and wood glue. Taste of candied fruits without the typical sweetness; soft carbo, smooth and lean, perhaps somewhat thin body; very malty all the way through, caramelly and nutty tones, roasted bitterness (coffee!) in the end but in a very courtious, elegant kind of way, not biting or overpowering at all; somewhat metallic as well; smoky accent, clearly present in the nose, returns in an equally soft and gentle way retronasally. Vague spiciness of bayleaf and nutmeg adds some complexity, salmiac is there but also in a gentle, subdued way; finishes a bit smokey, gently hoppy and bitter, no alcohol is perceivable. Considering this country has no ’real’ beer tradition and is establishing its own identity in the craft beer world nowadays, this is far from bad; it is completely correctly brewed, no flaws or off-flavours here, but the aroma promises a bit more than the taste can deliver. Could do with a bit more personality. Still okay though, enjoyed it.
markextrae (1558) - NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle brought by a collegue, shared 3 ways, poured a black colour with a mocha head, roasted malts in the notes, varamel sweetness, tobacco, harsh, espresso, bit of a weak mouthfeel (i know... 4.5 abv) dry in the finish, but a bit less of everything
tricksta_p (1658) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of roasted malt, some chocolate, sourish coffee. Flavour is light sweet and lightly sour with a moderate to medium coffee bitter finish. A bit thinnish, both aroma and body. Still, quite drinkable.
ShivanDragon (1996) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
zwart met bruine kraag. Aroma van gebrande mout, rooktoets, teer, koffie. Smaken zijn redelijk koffiebittertje, stevige koffie smaken, basis zuurtje, droog, geroosterde mouten, géén chocolade, tabel.... veel tabak... matig qua sterkte, medium body, iets dun, lage co2, droge afdronk. niet zo bijzonder eigenlijk
willisread (461) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2015 On tap at Nakameguro Taproom. Served in a stemmed tuilip. Oil slick black with a nice soapy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Slight coffee and chocolate aroma. As it comes to room temperature the chocolate flavor starts to stand out a little more. Oily mouthfeel with a nice dry finish. Also a bit of sourness on the finish that comes off as sour cherries. Very pleasant and solid stout from Baird.
martjoobolut (1242) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
0,33L bottle, BB 21.06.2015 (from Koht, Tallinn). Pours dark brown-black with light brown head. The small head stays. Aroma is roast, sour, dark chocolate. Flavor is roast, sour, malt, dark chocolate. Body is watery. Overall: maybe a bad bottle, but it’s barely drinkable.
suurjuust (1530) - ESTONIA - JAN 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown beer, tan head. Nose is roast, coffee, mild chocolate notes and dryness. Flavor has coffee, roast, some hops in the finish along with dark chocolate. Smooth and easy to drink, but not remarkable.
FatPhil (9977) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (Koht, Tallinn)
Nice roasty aroma. Pleasantly dark, nice tan head. Pleasant roasty taste. Nicely drinkable stout. Roasty. Finish has a bit of coffee. 3.3 probably an under-rate but nothing’s saying wow.
GenDV138 (2713) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
140 ml glass on draft at Baird’s Bashamichi Taproom. Black with light tan head. Aromas of roast, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee. Tastes of burnt roast, coffee, dark chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish.
Zita (5273) - Assentoft, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
light licorice, black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, oily feel, flat, dry finish.