Brewed by Swans Brewpub
Style: Sweet Stout
Victoria, Canada


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
A unique blend of seven varieties of malt and oats in this special recipe result in a rich, full-bodied stout, with a strong roasted character, a moderately full hop intensity and a creamy smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thb (799) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Sample at the pub is just about black with creamy tan head. Aroma is gentle roast, espresso, toast. Taste is similar, and its very, very smooth. It’s a very gentle stout - could be drunk in volume.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pumpmaster (1353) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2011
5 ounce sample draft at the Swans bar at $10.00CAD for 6-samples. Very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DeanF (2342) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2011
Nice black body with a faint ruby hue; okay bit of beige, the darker variety, sitting on top. Aroma is roasted barley, roasted enough to provide some spicy notes and no apparent sweetness. Flavour is a bit over-roasted for barley, almost turning into ash and not converting into some of those nicer stout flavours; alas. Mouthfeel is a little weak too. It’s a below average porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blomster (288) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2011
Bought two 650 ml bottles of this a couple of years ago at the brewpub. Drank one and did not really like it at all. Forgot the second one that has been in the cellar since, bottle labeled "freshest before 11 2009". This rating is for the cellared bottle. Pours beautiful dark brown to black, with an everlasting, big, creamy head. Aroma of chocolate, toast, a bit of sour dough. Medium sweet and bitter, a little salty and just a hint of lactic sourness. Taste is chocolate, caramel. Feels almost creamy in the mouth, soft carbonation. Tasted the thick foam, and wow it was good, sweet caramel candy. Glad I forgot about having this for a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (13502) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2010
650mL bottle, pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt and oat. Flavour follows similar with a slight sweetness. Solid oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2010
Draft at "Beer Wars" in Vancouver 31/01/10. Cola brown with a thin head. Aroma is roasted malts with some coffee notes. Medium to full bodied taste. Smooth, not watery, lingering flavour that offered some bitterness and some sweetness. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2009
Poured into a snifter. Coffee-colored with tan head. Pleasing aroma of coffee, chocolate and roasted oats. Flavor is medium bitter coco, mild sweet caramel in the mid-palate, light lactic character, nutty finish. Palate is smooth and creamy good balance between body and carbonation. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
Enjoyed right at the source, i.e., the bar at Swan’s Hotel on a damp, dark Victoria day (less than 30 minutes walking after downing another stout at Spinnakers!). Not much head with this one, what head there was being a tan in hue. Aroma was delicate and featured some roasted/toasted malts and coffee, but (sadly) no dark chocolate. The taste was primarily of burnt coffee and the aforementioned malts. Nice and all that, but not as good as Spinnakers. Mouthfeel tended to be on the thin side, with a small sweet note at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3674) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2009
Glass, 5 ounces, draught, at the pub, savoured on April 29, 2009; eye: black, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of tan head, light lacing; nose: light roasted malt, lactic, chocolate milk, slight hops; mouth: light roasted malt, lactic, chocolate milk, slight hops, finale in roasted malt with good presence of chocolate milk, medium body, light astringency, light acridness, lightly bitter, average carbonation, creamy texture, a bit thin; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Verre, 5 onces, en fût, bue sur place, savourée le 29 avril 2009; œil : noire avec des reflets bourgogne, claire, pas d’effervescence, très petit anneau de mousse fauve, légère dentelle; nez : léger malt torréfié, lactique, lait au chocolat, très léger houblon; bouche : léger malt torréfié, lactique, lait au chocolat, très léger houblon, finale en malt torréfié avec bonne présence de lait au chocolat, corps moyen, légère astringence, légère âcreté, légèrement amère, carbonatation moyenne, texture crémeuse, un peu mince; en résumé : correct

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Bomber. Pours hazy dark brown with a thin and fading head that leaves a trace of lace. Nice chocolate/molasses/oatmeal aroma. Medium body, somewhat creamy with minimal carbonation. Sweet taste of molasses and coffee, with a barely piney edge. Dry finish.

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