wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black body producing a two inch tall brown head that recedes leaving plenty of nice lacing on the glass. Malty aroma of chocolate and roasted notes. Flavor is roasted in the front, almost ashy, but that gives way to a pleasant creamy malt backbone in a moderate body. Finishes dry. This is a nice departure from the multitude of imperial stouts that Iíve found of late.
heavy (2663) - Split, CROATIA - MAR 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
02/03 Thanks a lot to ogivlado for sharing his 0.75 l bottle @ Tolkiens pub, Zagreb! Poured dark brown, almost black body with medium brownish head. Malty aroma, with chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and hint of lemon or oranges. Very nice and pretty complex. Flavor is also good, far much simpler though, bittersweet, chocolate and dark fruits spiced with some herbs. Full bodied, with fantastic finish, bittersweet fruitiness and spices, relatively dry but not so as it would be with a dry stout. Very tasty and delicious beer, well, itís been almost 3 months since I had a beer deserving a 4. Really nice.
ogivlado (7132) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
swing top bottle (750ml). -at Tolkienís Pub, Zagreb, shared with Doggythedog.
Black coloured, medium to big tan head, chocolate malty nose. Roasted malt and dark chocolate taste with few fruity hints. Strong bitter chocolate finish and lingering bitter aftertaste. Very nice brew, like light imperial stout.
Marko (4798) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2008 0.75 fliptop bottle.at Tolkienís Pub, Zagreb, shared with ogivlado
Now this was a first... a new Irish beer and Iím the first to add it. Cool.
Poured a nice opaque black (very dark red) body with a medium to big sized thick tan head that went away slowly (cascade effect I reckon). A strong roasty malty nose, some orange dipped in dark chocolate, and a light hopiness to round it up. The taste is somewhat light and not terribly complex but itís very nice anyway. A bitter earthy roastiness, chicory, dark chocolate & orange again, more pronounced, close to a good imperial stout in taste, but with a lighter body (obviously) and much more drinkable than most. Nicely balanced. I quite liked this one. So much better than their regular stout (not to mention red). Iíd buy this more often if I had it readily available.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask (gravity dispense), St Albans Beer Festival, September 2007. Doesnít taste that strong and certainly not too stout. There are some roast malt notes but the overall impression is a bit thin and ashy. Would never have picked this as 6%. Felt more like a stong(ish) mild. I know micros have a hard time in Ireland but they will have to do better than this to challenge the Guinness monopoly. That said, its not unpleasant and perfectly drinkable. But it lacks the impact and presence that Iíd expect from a strong stout.
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ St. Albans BF. Dark brown with an off white head. Chocolate and roasted malt in the aroma. Again chocolate and malt in the taste with some toffee, yeast and a bitter hop finish. Reading back, Iíve made it sound much better than it actually was...
harrisoni (16932) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask gravity at St Albans BF 2007. Black no head. Thickish cos of the alcohol. Bit of ashtray. A little hot from alcohol. Little disappointing.