Theydon_Bois (11555) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Mother Kelly’s, RBESG ’14, day 2 08/08/14.
Pitch black with a good sized dirty tan swirl and edgework.
Nose is light roast, rich chocolate, vanilla, faint hop, spice, dark toffee fudge.
Taste comprises earthy roast, spice, dark chocolate, caramel fudge, tanins.
Medium + bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with roasted notes.
mile (3314) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown - almost black, small and fully diminishing dark brown head. Moderate to full malty - light oat and lightly sweetish aroma, some roasted - light burnt malt and light chocolate. Body is medium to full, malty – light oat and lightly sweetish, light caramel, roasted malt and light chocolate, light - some hoppyness. Finish is average to full, malty - light oat and lightly sweetish, lots of roasted - light burnt malt, light chocolate and light coffee, some piney hoppyness. Really nice roasted stout - not too much chocolate/coffee. Could be little bit drier.
Benzai (9612) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Smell and taste malts, chocolate, slightly roasty, decently bitter. Quite nice, like it. Medium body and carbonation.
Beersiveknown (3635) - NORTHERN IRELAND - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home from alesela
dark viscous brown with dark orange tan head. Rich treacle, coffee molasses nose with hints of vanilla and dates on nose. Full bodied, smooth, low carbonation, touch of mint then burnt toast and chocolate fondant, coffee. Gorgeous
imdownthepub (11132) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, 330ml at The Buxton Tap House, Buxton, Derbys. Black with tan head. This pours thickly and slowly giving quite a smooth beer, quite tarry, fruity and liquorice notes are all present followed by a hint of bitterness. Luscious and full. Excellent.
Leighton (13270) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during RBESG - thanks to Colin. Pours black-brown with a creamy beige head. Big milk chocolate nose, mild roast. Medium sweet avor with rich chocolate, slight cocoa, earth, burnt toast. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Decent balance to finish, baking cocoa, lingering roast and bitter earth. Solid.
Ragnampiza (599) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - AUG 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Birra+ (Bottled on 09-06-2014). Pitch black, dark and thick like used motor oil, with a small, creamy, moderately persistent light brown head. Lovely roasted and toasted smell, lots of bitter dark chocolate notes, some light vanilla and licorice presence, fudge and toffee candy, no alchool at all on the nose. Slightly warming, slick and velvety, slightly fruity (darker berries types), pleasent but mild bitterness. Extremely easy to drink for the ABV. Slightly ashy, roasted and chocolaty aftertaste. Soft carbonation, medium to full body, oily texture. Excellent sipper.
Scottishchris (354) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Pours pitch black tiny tan head. Roasted malt and coffee nose. Taste is bitter and slightly sour? Coffee, very bitter chocolate. Would've preferred a little more sweetness, but otherwise tasty.
InPivoVeritas (369) - Bydgoszcz, POLAND - AUG 1, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours almost black. Nice tan head. Lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, some fruits and toffee. Very nice. Great smoothness. Medium-low carbonation. Moderate roastiness. High body. Light (pleasant) alcohol note. Great beer.
Kauge (562) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Stockmann in Tallinn (€ 3,55), July 2014. Pours a very deep black with a huge, thick, tan head that retains very well. Nose is the usual sweet, roasty-chocolaty. Surprisingly modest even after having warmed. Taste is caramelly and chocolaty sweet, with a fair deal of bitterness in the end. I just had Thornbridge’s St Petersburg that has the same 7,4% ABV but here the alcohol is way better hidden. Clearly contains oats as its body is fairly light and so damn silky smooth and soft to the tongue. The ABV kicks in after a while when it’s warmer, both in the nose and taste, but more in the latter as a bitter, alcoholic kick. Great!