Imaena (1887) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a great stout to grab if you find yourself at a Scottish supermarket. not the best in the world but not bad either.
unstablefable (227) - SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark almost black with ruby on the fringes, bit of lacing. aroma is of sweet dark malts, hints of chocolate, sweet. taste is sweet still, with more than a hint of chocolate and some earthy cereal grains, surprising bitter finish.
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JAN 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sweet and comforting malts breaking into stronger molasses and then finishing with a hint of chocolate.
flying_pig (1008) - SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Tesco (£1.70 for 500ml):
Sweet with a few roasted malts to begin as expected along with some coffee and a nutty aroma too. Not the darkest stout on the nose with some nice fruit notes coming through too.
Dark ruby, almost black and topped with a huge, foamy, dome-shaped head that is light brown and seems to get bigger the longer the beer is sitting.
Sweet with the usual roasted malts and coffee with some chocolate and a few dark fruits as well and even a few hops coming through.
Light medium bodied beer, quite clean and almost watery with mild carbonation and a fair bit of bitterness along with a very slightly dry finish but nothing too severe with a good balance overall.
A little sweeter than I was expecting which was a pleasant surprise. There was a good balance and it was an easy to drink stout, the only real complaint was that it began to feel a little watery towards the tail end but other than that it was an enjoyable drink.
stravale (2280) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - DEC 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Tesco 241212
Black, ruby edges, frothy bubbly tan head with some lacing
Aroma - soft roasted malts, dark sweet malts
Taste - Roasted malts, dark sweet malts, getting a touch of milk sugars, touch of chocolate
Palate - Medium carb and body, smooth palate. Finish as main flavour, a little dry with a touch of bitter charcoal in the finish
Overall - I should have rated this ages ago. I’ve had the cask many times and this is pretty good bottled stout but not a patch on the cask beer which is more flavoursome, creamy with a richer body. The pasteurisation knocks some of the magic out of this stout and it becomes plainer. Maybe the bottled version needs to be brewed at a higher abv.
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle, dark brown leading to black colour. Treacle aroma with hint of dark chocolate and a strong nuttiness. Prominent malty flavor with molasses and a nice bitter ending. Smooth on the palate, not overly carbonated. Pleasant.
Theydon_Bois (9957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle on the train from Edinburgh - 08/12/12.
Light black with a thin tan head that clears to the edge.
Nose is roast malts, light chocolate.
Taste follows nose with some dark fruit tones and a touch of toffee.
Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry finish.
ianwelby (546) - SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours with a thick frothy head and a nutty, chocolatey aroma and a flavour to match. Very smooth and almost creamy in the mouth and the aftertaste is mostly nut.
gowdy (748) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Delday’s house. Pours with a large head, which is slightly off white colour, actually I guess it is quite beige. A strong tasting brew. Nice.
jamesie1857 (1482) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle - a black body with tan head, classic stout look, a very smoky cigar-like taste, with a little kick of vanilla and cocoa. Lingering bitter after taste.