Christian (11282) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2013 Black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma of chocolate with some vanilla and caramel and a touch of smoke. The flavour is sweet and roasted, chocolate with smoke and ash, but somewhat grainy and rather thin. It has the strength of a foreign extra stout, but the flavour of a 4% stout, and I prefer it the other way around.
gam (3356) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large choc/milkshake coloured head,very dark stout,aroma chocolate roasted cocoa hints light caramel/vanilla.Flavour smooth roasted chocolate very mellow on the palate some mild bitter to help vanilla liccorice,one of Belhavens best this,the finish smooth chocolate roasted,the light bitter that just sits on the palate and lasts.
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUL 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle brown, 500 ml
Appearance: Pours almost pitch black, slightly dark rubby body, very well roasted malt, non transparent, carbonation of the body is rather weak and hard to spot, head is initially big or even huge, very slowly decreasing to medium, nice and firm lacing, head is frothy, deep and essential, very compact, woody brownish in colour.
Aroma: Very intensive, strongly and deeply roasted, notes of toastyness, ash, coal, chockolate, earthy hops, leaves, Munich malt, dark malt, chockolate malt, notes of dark chockolate, toffee, coffee, dark bread, roasted malt, coffee beans, really inviting and somehow still refreshing.
Flavour: Perfectly roasted, ashy, smoky barley grains, coffee, dark chockolate, cacao, intensive, deep, focused, slightly salty, nice carbonation on palate giving the character to the beer, earthy - leavy hoppyness, nice alcoholic warmth coming together with all the nice flavour impression. Finish duration is long, rich and strong.
Palate: Body is medium to full, texture is dry, carbonation on palate is moderate, finish feel is bitter, gently alcoholic, very focused on chockolate - cacao - roasted oriented taste. Really decent stout.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black color with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly. Light roasted malt aroma with a hint of dark fruit and chocolate. Very nice caramel, chocolate and dark fruit flavors. Thin feel with medium-soft carbonation. Very flavorful, but not too over the top. Very good session beer.
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - JUL 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brownish black with a big frothy cappuccino coloured head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, some vanilla and sweetened coffee. Flavour of caramel, roasted notes, chocolate and lactose. Smooth and soft. Very drinkable.
nearbeer (3849) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml. Opaque with a creamy head that mostly lasts. Earthy caramel and coffee aroma. Front flavors of caramel and chocolate with some finishing touches of coffee, chalk, and light char. Medium-heavy body is dry and mostly smooth.
larsniclas (5747) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at GBF09
Almost black with a medium, beige head.
A lot ocf chocolate in the aroma.
Slightly vinous with raisin and prune.
Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the Binny’s in Willowbrook, IL: It poured an intense dark brown body, nearly black, with a creamy tan head and some slippery lace. The aroma was lightly roasted dark malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark dried fruit, and a splash of coffee. The flavor had the addition of soft nuts, charred wood, and a touch of alcohol. Very nicely blended together and smooth to drink, this is a stout that this hophead can see repeating. Nice.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with light brown head. Aroma is of roaasted malt, chocolate, sweetness,. Nice taste- roasted malt, sweetness, light chocolate. The drink ens with a great roasted mouth feel. Very tasty beer- nice lacing on the glass.
BBB63 (6155) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in a standard no-nik pint glass: Pour deep brown with a lovely creamy tan head and fairly good lace, amazing what you can do without a nitro widget? The aroma has notes of milk chocolate, hazelnut, molasses, faint dusty yeast, prune and coffee esters. The taste is moderately malt forward with sweet chocolate overtones and toasty bread. A nice coffee and slightly salty note adds balance and complexity. Finished with a hint of woody smoke, very laid back hop bitterness and dark fruit acidity. The mouth feel appears thinner than you expected from the pour but it actually adds to the drinkability of the beer. All in all I found this to be a pleasant surprise, an easy drinking yet complex enough stout.