Scopey (4615) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at very dark brown with a tiny off-white head. The nose is coffee, roasted malt, touch of liquorice, hint of smoke and some molasses. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, burnt earth, light treacle, charcoal and wood with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Decent.
Earlier Rating: 10/11/2012 Total Score: 3.7
Cask at CP&K. It pours deep ruby, with a medium beige head. The nose is roasted malt, ash, coffee, treacle, light smoke, toast, some soft fruit and biscuit. The taste is rich roasted malt, ash, charcoal, burnt earth, bitter chocolate, coffee grinds and treacle, with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. A robust, well-made stout.
Kavu (1813) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 10, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
0,5l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours very dark brown with a low off-white head. Weak aroma is roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malts with a hint of coffee and hops. A bit watery, but otherwise good.
Leighton (8675) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Euston Tap, London. Pours dark brown with a very creamy, tan cap. Moderate roast in the nose, a bit of burnt wood. Light to medium sweet flavor, bitter cocoa, good roast, wet earth, tar. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Earthy finish, soil, wet wood, ash tray, moderate roast, burnt sugars. Solid.
Earlier Rating: 8/6/2011 Total Score: 3.8
Cask at the Southampton Arms, London. Pours brown-black with a small, off-white head. Big roast aroma, some cocoa and dry coffee. Nice flavor, light to medium sweet, slight milk cocoa, bit of leafy bitters. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Semi-dry, semi-sweet finish, plenty of lingering roast. Great stuff.
Svesse (5679) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Cask at Southampton Arms, Kentish Town, London, 21 Nov 2012) Black colour with foamy, beige head. Roasted, malty nose with notes of coffee, cacao and dark chocolate. Malty, roasted taste with coffee, dark chocolate, cacao and a dry finish with a generous coffee bitterness. Medium body, quite dry. Highly drinkable and very tasty. Very nice.
Beerhammaren (764) - FINLAND - JAN 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
.5l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar
Pours black with low head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts. Some milk or lactose. Flavor is mostly same plus chocolate flavor and spices. Ok beer for this low abv.
cgarvieuk (12238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2013 bottle at home sep 2013 ... deep black ... smalll tan head ... soft chewy chocolate roast nose ... soft creamy malts ... soft chocolate ... bitter roast ... little coffee ... soft bitter coffee ...3.8
cask a the bow ... dark black ... small tan head ... soft mellow dark chocolate roast ... mellow soft chocolate roast ... soft chocolate ... mellow and smooth ... mild chocolate ... full and rounded.
Earlier Rating: 1/1/2012 Total Score: 3.8
RBESG 2011 day 1... deep black ... thin tan head ... soft sweet roast malt nose ... bitter chocolate malts ... dark roast ... light bitter hop finish...
k0mpsa (747) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JAN 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2013 Bottle at pikilinna, tampere. Light aroma of roasted malts, some coffee, licorice. Smooth mouthfeel, licorice, hops, coffee. Nice taste for low % stout.
olio (4819) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cl bottle.
Pours clear but dark brown color with a small off-white head. First thing on the nose is some chocolate essence as expected, also some light toasted malts and caramel. The chocolate is quite dry on the flavor, luckily not so essencey as on the aroma, barely any caramel here, the malt notes are quite faint too, mild coffee on the dry finish. Feels a bit too thin for my taste even though nothing is wrong per se. On a positive note not too sweet either. All round decent light stout.
TAR (2385) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Date indeterminable. Penetrable ebony. Wispy, tiny-bubbled ring of foam. Seductive chocolate fudge, blackened toffee, and espresso malt aromatics swirled with dabs of charred wood, vanilla bean, carob, black licorice and dried plums. Fairly husky with some burnt popcorn exuding. Fine carbonation. Spirited clench of cottony roast merges with stiff char which leaves behind a trail of body-thinning acids and burnt cookie crumbs. Soft bready malt depth slowly blossoms as it soundly roots itself amid the sharper char, keeping the acids at relative bay. Ample sappiness from the oily hops helps with the softening effect. Heaping stacks of malty richness ranging from burnt toffee to fudge cake gain more detail as the bittersweet notions arise. Aggressively spicy and woody hop finish is bittersweet with baker’s chocolate dribbled with reduced espresso oiliness atop a chocolate cake heftiness and unremitting char. Well, aside from the rampant huskiness in both the nose and flavor, this is very nicely constructed. I’m quite tickled to see a circa 4% bottle-conditioned stout available in the States, which are woefully scarce here.
laiti (4549) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2013
50 cl bottle @ home as ”Kinder Stout”, BBE 09/2013
Aroma has coffee and dark chocolate. Also some distant peaty and ashy notes. Flavour has coffee, some vegetable notes typical to mocha beer, very dark chocolate and distant metallic notes. Dry finish with rather strong coffee notes and very well roasted malt. The finish feels actually a bit unpleasant – perhaps due to hops, which could be less aggressive there. Very dry and very good stout for this ABV.