hman43 (202) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
It has a coffee smell to it and maybe a bit of chocolate. It is black with a dark brown head. It is surprisingly sweet, with coffee.
SHIG (3403) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Drank from the bottle but the color was deep black. Aroma is strong malt. Nice molasses and sweet caramel malt.
douglas88 (5471) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle thanks to Sean. Pours a pitch black color with a medium light brown head. A light nose of lactose and metal. A nice flavor consisting of metallic roast, sweet smoke and molasses, some sweeter caramel. Pretty much spot on for the style, very drinkable and very enjoyable.
Homer321 (890) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pitch black in color with minimal head. Brownish in color. Aroma of milk chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste is similar with a slight watery mouthfeel. Not that great.
maeib (8284) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2014 Bottled 28/12/13. A black beer with a dissipating off-white head. A disappointingly thin aroma. Quite sweet in the mouth with a bit of saltiness. Doesn’t drink its strength. Becomes fairly tasty but a below par foreign stout. Score 3.2
Subsequent rating scored 3.6. Average becomes 3.4
Luvystypotables (333) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown almost black with almost no head. Sweet aroma like molasses. Sweet taste of malt and molasses with a watery malt finish.
DCLawyer (1297) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle->Nonic. Deep brown with frothy tan head. A: coffee, sweet chocolate, malt. T: sweet candied chocolate, artificial sweeteners. Lingering cloying sweet aftertaste. Bordering on terrible.
mike5326 (614) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium tan head. Pine and metallic smell. Light sweat malty body with with a slight tart flavor.
Cantabrian (739) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The caribbrewery.com website describes the ingredients for this stout as “Sugar, Lactose, BAP and Caramel”. Further on, it says “Lactose is sugar produced from the whey of milk.” Now this is enough to make it a Sweet Stout, isn’t it? (Or if not, at least a Baltic Porter, for the list of ingredients). Moreover, considering that this is the same brewery that makes the Mackeson XXX Stout, I somehow expected this to be the same product as its adopted English sister, but with a different label. Now, after having seen, smelled and tasted it, one can clearly notice the striking differences and the reasons why they have perhaps styled it a “Foreign Stout” in this website. The beer is nice and black, but the brown head is very bubbly and brief, not even 10% as creamy as the Mackeson XXX Stout (I’ve always criticised my twins’ teachers for comparing them, and now… what am I doing?). Aroma of caramels and vinegar, behind a certain skunkiness, nothing to be too excited about. Flavours of malt, caramel, soy sauce and sweet red vinegar, the Chinese type. This shoyu+sweet vinegar sets the tone for its foreignness, I suppose. Palate is rather thin for a stout that takes lactose in its make-up.
RobertDale (2846) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 11, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
330 ml. bottle. Pours dark brown with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, dark fruit, and brown sugar. Taste is sweet malt, dark fruit, brown sugar, and molasses. Very sweet. Just drinkable.