Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2005
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Rating #1150. 355ml 2004/2005 bottle, from Utobeer, Borough Market, London.
Interesting to note that the bottle has no alcohol content or metric volume so should not have been so should not have been sold in this country.
When poured in to a snifter this is black as night with a delicate creamy brownish tan head. The aroma is of alcohol, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. There are also hints of roasted malt, coffee and beef in the aroma with some background sourness. The flavour is very strong with heavy alcohol presence and lots of bitter chocolate, light sweetness and sourness. While this is somewhat likeable it is generally lacklustre and at times verges on unpleasant. Smells good, looks great but doesnít match up when it comes to actually tasting it. Poor to average.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 17, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Maybe I drank something different than every one else, but this was over the top and missed the mark by a mile and a half. Way too chocolate and bitter, heavy and thick. Rather chewy, this could have been such a better stout.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque black, with red highlights, and a reddish brown head that quickly dissappeared. The aroma is full of roasted, coffee, nutty oak, caramel, hintsof chocolate and an almost sherry like aroma as it warms. The taste is smooth roasted malt with solid bitterness and a lingering chocolate finish. This beer isnít dry, but rather itís sweet and warming. An obviously well made beer, surprisingly on the light side of the style, but so well balanced that it will shine over itís alcohol laen peers.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - MAR 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a small, lasting darker brown head. Intense dark cocoa aroma, with some caramel and vineous port notes. Mouthfeel is quite viscous and oily, very full in body. Flavour is bitter chocolate, darker fruits and roast coffee. Very tasty, and quite warming too.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 pours a deep opaque black with essentially no head. the nose is sweet and smells of chocolate and frut (maybe cooked raisin) and became more pronounced as the beer warmed a bit. the flavor is strong with roasted malts and finishes with a diffinitive chocolate taste. it is slightly sweet as just as with the aroma i taste fruit, perhaps raisins or cherries. a good beer
kmpitz2 (21) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer pours an opaque black with little to no head, not even much around the edges of the glass. The nose is deep roasted chocolate, which was expected, but not as prominent as I would like. Heavy roasted flavors with chocolate as the finish compose the taste of this brew. This is good stuff. One of the best stouts Iíve had. Its thick and chocolaty and lacking carbonation, all adding to the experience. As stouts go, this is easy drinking and makes me glad I picked up a six-pack. This is one to try if you get a chance.
Edit: Iím having my second one right now. I only slightly chilled this one, and the nose is more prominent than my original suggested. There is a bit of ripe fig coming through this one. Iím bumping up the nose. It smells wonderful. I stand by my other numbers.
Trying the 04-05 vintage tonight. The beer has a touch of raisin in the nose. The flavor is also imparted with a bit of raisin, and more alcohol that I remember from last year...I want to see where this goes over the course of the next months. The beer is really nice and thick. I do think that it needs a bit more time to mellow out and lose the raisin character. Iíll hold off on changing any numbers till this batch matures a bit.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
04/05 Bottle. Looks like an impy stout. Beautiful aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, cherries and licorice. Lively and dry mouthfeel. Flavor is very well balanced: chocolate covered cherries, licorice, espresso, brandy and little more dark chocolate. It covers the alcohol very well. It finishes bitter, but a good bitter, like semi-sweet chocolate. This is a very good beer from a rather underrated brewery.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, short brown head. Malty aroma with some underlying sourish notes. Rich, complex aroma. Tobacco. Licorice. Roasted malts. Hops. Dry, lasting finish.
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2005 Pours a solid black body with almost no head. Aroma is all malt here. Roast, smoke, and chocolate, coffee and licorice come out of the aroma. Flavor is the same, a roasted smokey taste dominates the rest of the characteristics making an interesting and enjoyable beer.
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - MAR 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
04/05: Aroma of fudge or chocolate truffle, overlaying roastiness, and opening up into malt and molasses. Appears dark black with a thin, creamy light brown head. Flavor is roasty/malty and potently alcoholic, and finishes with an unexpected hoppiness that is bookended with a returning roasty sensation. Palate is thick and coats the tongue nicely. Overall, this beer is slightly greater than the sum of its parts. My thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for this brew.