crispi (103) - - AUG 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, from fridge at home. Served immediately at temperature. Poured from a large height into a lager glass, but unable to produce any head.
Pours dark, with almost no head, no lacing, brown coloured head, if any.
slightly carbonated, aromas of coffee and liquorish, with earthiness. not a lot of depth for it. pleasantly alcoholic after a tiring day.
gnoff (7030) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 33 cl from Chas Cole Cellars, Belmont/Geelong, on August 1, 2013.
Black color, light brown head. Sweet, salty, roasted scent. Sweet, salty, roasted taste. Salty, roasted aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Mrs. Parma's in Melbourne. Pours opaque black with slim brown head. Briny purple aroma like the interior is mussel shell. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style and can be taken in gulps or sips as desired. The palate is salty and just right. Dry, drinkable, and good!
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Cantabrian (670) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oysters and clamsí shells are much more easily dissolvable than musselsí. Will it make much of a difference? Sceptical expectations... After trying this Bellarine, you can love it or not. A bit of a disappointment in a way, I must say, and surprisingly good in others. Disappointment for the poor appearance, for although it is black as death, itís already a headless reaper - not much fun, really. The good part is the nice brine on the flavour, which I had been sceptical about, the saltiness to balance the intense alcohol (strong on the aroma too) and the coffee, that seems to come out above in these types of stout. It becomes sweeter as the beer warms in the glass. Iíd prefer a bit more full bodied and chalky, but this is a good one.
LesArgen (172) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
If I had have known this was actually brewed with mussels, thereís no way I would have picked this up. Mussels, really? How do they do that?
Aaaaanyway, Iím glad I gave it a crack. Thereís a strong chocolatey, coffee aroma but thereís also an unmistakeable briny, sea water scent. No mussels, thank god, but itís a strange combination, mocha and brine. Nevertheless, the aroma the highlight of the beer, if for no other reason that itís something truly different.
The taste is more coffee with a hint of chocolate. It could be a little bit heavier on the palate, and a little longer at the end, but nevertheless it drinks very well. Overall, this beer is, oddly, greater than the sum of its parts. Iíll definitely give it another go.
desertblues (23) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a black with a tan head. Sweet fruity taste with a slightly salty finish.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - DEC 8, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Murky dark brown. Big tan head. Medium carbonation. Roasted malts, coffee, liquorice, smoky. A little salty. Medium bitterness. Canít say I can taste mussels Qute nice.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is chocolate, chalky, roasty, cocoa, and ashy dirt, all well-melded into a muddy, earthy, chocolate aroma.
Pours a fizzy black to brown with no head.
Taste is slightly vinous, chalky, sweet cocoa and fizzy, with a doughy sourdough/pumpkernickel loaf essence.
Finish is slightly dry and a bit sour with some chalky cocoa.
RyansRatings (43) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very deep browny colour with thin tan foam. Deep, dark & mysterious nose; notes of moist rye bread, scorched earth and prune. The palate is medium bodied and delightfully savoury. Dark rye bread theme continues, aided by a little spice and a touch of salt, medium bitterness on the back palate and good length. Idiosyncratic, intriguing. Would love to try some with a big hearty stew.
jonno (2013) - JAPAN - AUG 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice and really roasty stout. Medium bodied. Not terribly complex but the bit in the tail really gives it an added kick.