cazort (535) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very complex for an Irish stout, probably the most complex beer of this style that I have tried to date, especially aromatically. Also heavier and thicker-bodied. Tastes more alcoholic than it is--I’d guess in the mid 5-6% range but RateBeer is telling me 4.7% and that’s hard to believe. Flavor is quite sour, mouthfeel is thick with somewhat prickly carbonation. Dry up front and dry finish, but the middle of each sip is rich and a bit syrupy. Moderate roast. I find the commercial description pretty close to spot-on: the color, flavor, and finish fits what this beer is marketed as. I’m pretty impressed with its complexity but I would appreciate a lighter body, and less sourness and sweetness. I find the heaviness of this beer limits its drinkability to me--I wouldn’t characterize it as drinkable or inviting another pint, because after one, I felt too full to drink any more.
hfmejias (745) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark brown, very minimal tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and some caramel. Taste is quite similar, Roast malts, coffee and chocolate. A bit of a thin body for a stout but nevertheless a nice drinkable beer.
RichardGretton (4260) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a reasonable head. The aroma is lightly roasted, and the flavour is bitter and roasted with some coffeness about it. Overall a fairly average bitter stout.
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ContemplateBeer (1548) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Dark chocolate mingles with creme brulee and a hint of espresso. Appearance: Pitch black pour with a foamy mocha head that settles into a slim ring. Flavor: Leaner than the nose suggests; creme brulee and espresso are lighter and sit atop the lingering chocolate presence, which endures to the finish. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, flat carbonation, abrupt finish. Overall: Very well made; a pleasant surprise at the end of June.
rollinsr (384) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUN 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark buckeye brown with virtually no head. Aroma is dark and smoky malts with some chocolate and java. The flavor accentuates the dark roasted malts. The beer maintains the coffee flavor throughout but becomes more nutty towards the end. As advertised, the finish is incredibly smooth. A highly enjoyable session stout.
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - JUN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-31-12-
Appearance – Served a black body with a light off white head. The head faded in moderate time to give a nice level of lacing.
Smell – The smell of roasted malt and a light amount of sweet caramel. There is a light aroma of roasted coffee and nut that mix with the malty base.
Taste – The taste started out a bit on the dark roasted breadier side with some light roasted coffee notes mixed within. The roasted coffee grew a bit stronger more midway through the taste and in turn gives the brew a more bitter taste. As the taste advances to its end it bitters even more as lighter hop flavors and some cocoa come to the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a little bit on the lighter side with the carbonation level being slightly above average. The body could use a bit of the boost to accentuating the nice roasted flavors, with possibly a nitrogen pour enhancing the overall drinking experience.
Overall – It had some nice flavors due to the lighter hop and more cocoa at the end of the taste (which did it well), but the body was a little on the low side. Overall it was a just above average dry Irish.
Beerathon (1218) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown with slight reddish hue and thin tan head. Smells of weak coffee, sweet and roasted malts. Not as dry as I was hoping for, but a nice bitter coffee finish.
Burgers (333) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown with a thin beige head. Nose is roasted malt. Taste bittersweet. Mouthfeel slightly watery, lively carbonation and fairly long finish.
Stuu666 (2850) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at the Red Squirrel. Sweet, light chocolate, light roasted malts, bit thin and soapy.
ttoadee (666) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown pour with a slight amber hue; scant tan head. Nose is dark roasted grain. Bittersweet. Middle is espresso & pumpernickel. Finish is nice, bittering, dryness. Pretty good.