stravale (2390) - 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 (11491) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, 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 (637) - 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 (827) - 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 (1555) - 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.
MalcolmTucker (790) - SCOTLAND - JUL 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a good lasting tan head. Aroma is smoke, coffee and chocolate. Flavour carries on from the aroma with more milk chocolate before a bitter coffee finish. Creamy mouthfeel. A very impressive stout.
shuggywuggy (2) - - JUN 18, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely dark Scottish thick stout. Great chocolate and coffee flavors with a licorice aftertaste. Great with dark meats. Not a session beer. Drink this on a cold winter night in front of an open fire and you can almost taste the Scottish highlands at Aviemore where it?s brewed. Try it with a whisky chaser, such as Bowmore, or some other peaty Islay malt.My favorite beer in the entire world.
Melker (232) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer looks great. Nice long lasting beige head. not much aroma, could be because of my cold tho. there are some coffee and a bit chocolate in there. light sweet taste and light body.
Kriegbaum (845) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50 cl. Dark brown to black beer with a medium beige head of good duration. Aroma of hard roasted malt and brown sugar interesting notes of smoke and caramel. Sweet taste of roasted malt and brown sugar notes of smoke and caramel. Easy moderately bitter taste and aftertaste after hard roasted malt