RSRIZZO (1949) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is a deep roasted scent. Color is black with good carbonation and a big thick head that loosens up a bit but still stays tall. Taste is sharp, burnt and bitter. It starts with a medium body that goes down crisp with an almost sharp feel. Finish comes in with a roasted slightly burnt taste then a mellow bitterness rolls in with faint spicy hop tones. In the after taste the bitterness builds up a little and leaves you with a waxy almost oily mouth feel. This is a very good Stout, its a little more bitter then most and the waxy feel on the end is a little odd but still very good.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large pop top lid bottle. Poured very dark coffee like brown with a foam tan head. Aroma of chocolate coco and malt bitters. Very creamy on the pallet, smooth roasted malt flavor. Nicely crafted and full bodied, very rich and well balanced finish. The Irish know there stouts, will need to have this again.
KnutAlbert (6712) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely coffee aroma, beige head.
Dry charcoal, lingering forest fire. Chocolate.Smooth, yet complex. This could be a beer for an all night session.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Swingtop. Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is cocoa, smoke, nuts, and salt. Meaty and cheesy - really savory smelling. Smoke and dark chocolate flavor with a dry finish. Hops in the back, nice finish. A surprisingly nice beer.
larsga (7293) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge yellowish lasting brown head. Opaque black body goes deep dark red at edges. Roasty burnt coffee and chocolate aroma. Clean and harmonic. Dry-sweet minty chocolatey coffee taste with roasty, burnt notes. Again harmonic and clean. Some light acidity. Soft mouthfeel. Dry, peppery, lingering coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Very nice indeed! (0.75l bottle from KnutAlbert.)
freekyp (1925) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a solid, but somewhat one dimensional stout. Pours a beautiful opaque deep dark brown and is capped with a rocky brown head. Nice sticky lacing. The aroma and flavor are dominated by bitter burnt bakers chocolate. The potent bitterness is less a hop bitterness and more from the roasted malts. This solid flavorful stout beat up on the chicken dish I ate it with, so make sure you try it a hardy red meat dish instead.
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(75 cl bottle at Bishops Arms, Järntorget, Göteborg) On April 20, 2008. Black color, brown head. Sweet chocolate scent, malty and salt as well. Salty, bitter, metallic, malty taste. Moussy mouthfeel. Medium bitterness.
coldbrewky (1689) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of sloth (the three toed cretin (TTC). thanks bro! Swingtop consumed during the spingtime shed cleanout and re-organizational afternoon and add a shelf day. A medium bodied stout with a head that stains the floor (quite an accomplishment) Dark malts are creamy and balanced by the slight dry tartness on the cheeks. Legs are tiny and tight and fade quickly. Hail Bert!
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Party Source. Poured a clear dark brown color with a large creamy cascading light brown head that was lasting with good lacing. Good roasted dark chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a dry texture. Good well balanced bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet dry finish of moderate duration. Good above average stout.
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a pitch black with a frothy enthusiastic light tan head. Aroma features resiny hops, smooth chocolate milk notes and a hint of roast barley. On the palate there is sweet malt, smooth mouth filling chocolate and a lightly roasty finish with a lingering hop resin character. Over all impression is of a smooth velvety beer but one that should be more complex than it is.