ej (1187) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - APR 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a viscous black velvety body. A thick and creamy dark-tanned head. Roasty aroma with coffee and toasted grains. Hints if leather as well. Taste is malty and roasty. Hints of smoke, leather and ash. Caramel is the back. Medium body, avg co2, oily text.ure
Countbeer (5906) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Served in a Duvel glass at 13 degrees Celsius:
Good black beer with a thinish brown head/lacing.
Aroma of roast, vanilla, hop, coffee, chocolate, hints of mocha and cacoa, some meat, swee ash...
Flavours of roast, ash, coal, strong bitter, some hop tones, chocolate, beautiful hop tones that slightly come through.
Aftertaste is bitter, roast, light chocolate, coffee and a hint of hops.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.
MarcoDL (3690) - NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black oily pour, small head. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, roast and a little salty licorice. Taste of milk chocolate, coffee, salty bitter licorice and salmiak. Soft mouthfeel. Very good.
Vaiz (4182) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ wildeman. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma of licorice, roasted malts, some chocolate and a bit spicy. Flavor is quite bitter, dry and roasted. Solid brew.
Towey1989 (1504) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at The Holy Inadequate, Etruria. Pours a black colour with a thin mocha head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, hazelnut and molasses. Taste of dark chocolate/cocoa, espresso, some raisin, roasted and burnt malts plus liquorice. Full bodied, soft carbonation and an oily texture. A roasted, bitter chocolate finish. A strong, full flavoured stout, with a great coffee taste. Lovely and surprisingly easy drinking.
Turboninja (433) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 1, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Konttori, Tampere, Finland. Medium/strong aroma with a bit bitter licorice, vanilla and a hint of sweet coffee. Pitch black color with average beige head. Strong, salty taste with roasted malts, licorice and some smoke. Balanced. Wide taste spectrum and long aftertaste with bitter, slightly roasted malts. Medium body with low/medium carbonation. Overall bit too simple (few components) for this much taste and edge. Otherwise high quality product.
laiti (7887) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2016
Draught @ Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend 2015. Rated on 27.03.2015
Aroma has salty licorice, coffee and some soy sauce. Flavour has salty licorice. Feels somewhat watery for this ABV. And feels like export stout. Too salty for me.
Draught @ Amsterdam, Helsinki. Rated on 15.04.2016
Aroma has licorice and sweet malty notes. Flavour has somewhat salty licorice and some smoky tones. Also tobacco. Tasty and somehow this feels nostalgic – reminds me of some imperial stouts I used to love years ago.
erickok (5024) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAR 23, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, Pitch black and hugely sense, dark brown head. As you usually only see at the strongest of imperial stouts . Extremely chocolatey, dark roasted coffee, tat of toffee, tat of dark hops. Super impressive stuff, even more so at this abv. One of the best selling stouts I?ve had, ever. String bitterness of roasted rye bread. Solid carbonation yet I kept in sipping and supping. So tasty. An impressive brew from Buxton, again. One of the best stouts I?ve had this year easily, perhaps even even. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2015-03-04. Black body, headless. Aroma is sort of roasty and alcoholic, muted almost sherry like dark fruit. 7+ Flavour is similar, Dark malt with lightly chalky roast touches, mildly tangy dark malt and lingering chalky cocoa. Smooth average plus bodied palate, low carbonation. A touch more carbonation would help carry things along better, but the flavours just aren’t quite what I am looking for here. On tap at Birch & Barley, Washington DC.
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Martinus (4352) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAR 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, lots of coffee. Bitter flavour, roasted malts, quite sweet, coffee. Bitter coffee finish, lingering sweet.
(from 33cL bottle @ Mother Kelly’s, RBESG 2014, London)