Ernest (6222) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, brown, fully lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (chocolate cookie / cocoa powder, roasted grain / coffee), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla, alcohol.
Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic.
Rather over the top with sweetness and perceived alcohol (alcohol burn is certainly exaggerated by chile heat, though)...drinks like a 10%+ beer. Aroma is ok but a little one-dimensional. Syrupy. Looks fantastic, though...thick, lasting head atop a fully opaque body.
Beerenberger (1447) - Fischer, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
The nose is chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malts. An inky black pour with a handsome but short-lived khaki head and moderate lacing. Flavors of chocolate, pepper, hints of coffee, and richly roasted malts meet the palate. Full body anda medium carbonation. A round mouthfeel feel is complemented by a long peppery burn. Nice! Overall, I liked the rich robust taste and the peppery juxposition. Well done.
mmargarucci (24) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark. Hints of smoke and bitterness in the aroma. Taste is malty but a mix of bitterness and whiskey follows. An enjoyable stout.
Choos (604) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: malt, soy sauce, coffee
App: pitch black, tan head with sheet lacing
Flavour: malt, some carbon with some bitter coffee and some heat
Palate: thick milkshake mouthfeel with lingering bitter hop and warmth
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ALLOVATE (2413) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At cellar temperature and into a stumpy tulip. Black as midnight with good legs and a tight, rocky tan head that holds for the length. Strong, heady waft brimming with marzipan, Madeira, leather, vanilla, topsoil and kelp, and Worcestershire sauce. Quite lively and racy on the palate with a leaner than anticipated body given the weight of the aroma. Earthy, meaty, umami malt profile makes it more than interesting. There is something ’old world’ about this one. Sweet, liquorice root front. Long, pasty, smoky, burnt malt finish. Loads of Marzipan, Bovril, Marmite, Madeira and charred wood surface amongst the earthy malts. Long in the finish; salty and malty with a yeasty backdrop and little of that alcohol. Quite characterful, yet easy to quaff with haste. Different! (33cL, BB 01/09/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
jcnielsen (2108) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled during RBWG in Asheville. Pours a black color with off white head. Pepper, malty, roasty, chocolate, scotch flavors. Kind of veggie/peppery.
Prufrockstar (965) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Ryan - thanks! Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, butter? Port, plums, and meat. Taste: wow, dry, a little meaty, with some alcohol burn. Palate: thin body, chalky.
Bootlegger007 (44) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black as night, good sized creamy head, aroma was heavy on malt, roasted grains, chocolate and licorice, excellent flavour full body smooth as silk creamy texture, chocolate, toffee with a mild bitter lingering aftertaste, loved it.
Bamsen78 (3141) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught @ Øllets Dag 2014, Kolding. Pours cloudy very dark coffee brown with small tan head. Clear aroma of roasted malt, with notes of coffee and liquorice and hints of lactose. Bitter, roasty flavour, with notes of liquorice and coffee. Lingering, bittersweet aftertaste. Good stuff.
gopherfan99 (466) - CROATIA - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Drunken Duck; pours dark with a tan head; aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate; taste starts sweet with the roasted malt and chocolate then the coffee bitterness follows; has hints of nuts to it; has a dry bitter finish; very good.
Finn (4210) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaske 330ml fra Vinmonopolet, Bestillingsutvalget. Kullsort. Høyt mokkafarget skum som varer lenge. Aroma av røstet malt. Smaken er lakris & sjokolade. Blir fort syrlig & tørr. Innholdsrik og alkoholen er godt integrert.