Scopey (4697) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, batch #13 (best by 2/2/10) via trade. It pours darkest brown with a tiny, bubbly light tan head. The nose is sweet caramelised brown sugar, soft roast, toasty, coffee, wood, vanilla, coconut, toffee, touch of must and earthy cocoa. The taste is bitter-sweet, smooth, light roast, toffee, wood, earth, whisky, vanilla, chocolate, coffee and light oxidised notes with a dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Alcohol is extremely well-hidden. Smooth, soft, easy-drinking and well-rounded. Pretty impressive stuff really.
VastActiv (1697) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.33l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Batch 013. BBE 02/02/10. Colour is black with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, plums, sweetness and malts.
llcooldave (994) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from 2008 Batch # 013. Smokey sweet maple aroma. Pours a delicious black coffee color in the glass. Flavor is not as assertive as the aroma... sweet smokey taste with a residual espresso note in the background. Overall, very drinkable. One of the best brews Iíve ever had.
wavyarmedman (6) - - AUG 11, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured in a Jester King glass. A very good overall BA stout. A bit "watery," for lack of a better word, and not much aroma. But the flavor is robust. It almost has a red wine feel and taste, making it unique among the stouts I've had.
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Nikiel (831) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Johnís Market. When I cracked the cap, there was almost no sign of carbonation. Pours a completely opaque black with no foam. Smells sweet, chocolaty, with vanilla, oak and hints of dark fruits. Tastes very thin with little carbonation, and is surprisingly mild to start off with when cold, but there are lots of strong warm tones that pick up at the end like chocolate, alcohol, dark roast coffee. When it warms up the initial flavor is strong of plum and cherry.
Beerenberger (1117) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Purchased as Paradox Port Dundas: Aroma of vanilla, dark fruit, roasted malts. Pours an inky black with no head or lacing. The taste is lightly sweet - similar to the nose. Vanilla, dark fruit, with slight notes of whiskey and wooden whiskey barrels. A vry slight alcohol burn on the tongue on the after taste. Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Smooth almost creamy mouthfeel. Overall, a smooth dark sipper.
BrewDad (4506) - Olympia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black in color, thin tan head. Super flavor dark and rich malts. Lots of bourbon barrel flavor and finish. Touch of tobacco and cigar flavors and dried fruit. Super beer.
Chuckaduck (584) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to snifter. Best by 2/2/10. Consumed 5/12/13. Pours a dark, opaque brown-black with a fluffy, bubbly beige head. Aroma is very nice and surprisingly mild; bread, vanilla, dark fruit, peat, licorice, wood. Taste is wood, bourbon, spicy, citrus, vanilla, touch of peat, chocolate, hint of coffee; finish is leathery, mild and bitter. Exquisite lacing. Low carbonation. Chewy, slick mouth feel. This was excellent. My only regret is that I donít own a few more bottles.
thirdeye11 (5343) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle thanks to adumbc) rich brown, no head at all. Nose of vanilla, chocolate malt, calvados barrel, light grape, cream, caramel, lightly fruity too. Taste of caramel, uncarbonated whiskey notes, cask/barrel notes, spirits.
crossovert (5695) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not nearly dark enough for a stout. Like a brown ale/porter. SMell of root beer mixed with scotch, flavor is similiar.