FatPhil (8996) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle (Snow@ChrisO)
Classic English stout. Looks the part. Super tich roasty aroma. Smooth palate, pleasant carbonation. Great roasty taste. No ashiness. Mellow, and damn tasty. This is stout.
Theydon_Bois (7904) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home, 12 stouts BBF online, 24/01/13 (Happy 70th Mum!).
Pours a light shade of black, almost extremely dark mahogony brown, with a patchy tan head.
Nose is dark roast malts, toffee, light coffee, dark fruits, touch of liqourice.
Initially too cold as straight from the outhouse so returning later to continue the rate.
Far better flavours after 45/50 minutes warming.
Taste comprises roast malt, dark plummy fruit, mineral tones, molasses, touch of liqourice, hint of chocolate.
Medium bodied, moderate caronation - perhaps a touch OTT here, dry finish.
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (from Ales By Mail). First rating of 2013, because Bristol is a nice place, and I long to a warm summer day (which turned into rain, but it was sunny while Chriso and I were at the deck of the Grain Barge!). Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is coffee, some toffee, mild fruityness as well as some slight notes of roast. Flavour is mild roast, some slight toffee,
downender (6134) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as part of the Twelve Stouts of Christmas. Almost black with a tight, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate, with a touch of fruity sweetness. Flavour had more plain choclate, toasted grains and a lingering, dry finish. Very good.
mR_fr0g (2393) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
5th bottle up from 12 stouts of christmas 2012.
Aroma is chalky and minerally with coffe / chocolate and toast notes. Black with crimson colour thin light tan head with some lacing. Flavour is roast malt with blackberries. Nice long finish ciffe finish. Mineral chalkyness comes through in the flavour as well. Little to no hop character. Well rounded and easy drinking.
stravale (2035) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from brewer 12 Stouts 2012 141212
Black, massive tan head that dissipates to thin layer, some lacing
Aroma of roasted malts, touch of burnt crust, hint of yeast
Taste as aroma, lots of roasted malts, dab of burnt crust, touch of bitter chocolate, rich dark malts, some brown leaves
Palate - Soft carb, light to medium body, quite a smooth texture. Finish is considerably dry, quite strong roasted malts and light burnt crust in the linger
Overall - It’s exactly what the bottle says - a dry stout. It’s pretty good too and gets better with the drinking
Beersiveknown (2728) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with fine bubbles and light tan head. Fruity dark beer with smooth body and lightly smoky blackcurrant. Slight roast barley and coffee in finish. More caramel notes as it warms. Quaffable enough but much better in the modified forms.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 stouts of Christmas 2012 tasting with Craig and Ben. Pours a very dark brown colour with a decent, light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel and Weetabix. Similar flavours with mild carbonation and a creamy mouth-feel.
BenH (2144) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks Craig. Black with yellow tan head. aroma of chocolate, caramel, toffee. Taste is nicely roasty, caramel and toffee. Decent body with a dry finish. Nice
cgarvieuk (13921) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home ... 12 stouts of Christmas 2012 ... Dark black ...thin tan head ... soft mellow chocolate roast nose.. again its too fizzy .. dark chocolate roast ... mellow roast ... dark malts ... soft chocolate