GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
NorCal tasting Feb 07 - This one started the night out and I can’t really say it was a start to remember. A very minimal nose, nothing to grab your nostrils and shout SMELL ME, but what I could pick up was slightly earthy, and roasty. Appearance was a deep black, with a nice khaki colored two finger head with some staying power. Mouthfeel was a little on the watery side, but it was lively and carbonated. Flavors were earthy, slightly smoky and some hull astringency coming out. Also there was a roasted coffee flavor angle but it was more day old coffee grounds than something enticing. Really just an average, run of the mill stout.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Deep, black color with sustaining tan foam. Milky, light chocolate in scent and taste. Very thin, watery. Guiness-like without the heaviness.
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - FEB 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thick very deep brown colour with a big creamy mostly lasting light brown head leaving a good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and hops. Fresh smooth bit creamy flavour, good roasted malts, chocolate, bit liquorice. Dry roasty finish. A really tasty stout!
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with frothy head. Roasted aroma. Roasted malt flavor with a velvety feel. This was in my beer fridge for a while before I tried, because I just didn’t think it would be that good. I was wrong, it is very good.
altonbrownd (5629) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. bought at Dublin airport. Really enjoyed this Stout. Warm, brown colour. Dry, wheat taste. Coffee and some chocolate too. Bit better at the end. Excellent mouthfeel.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Found this one bottled in South Elgin, Illinois. Coal black pour with a nice, nutty nose, roasted almonds and chocolate throughout, taste petered out late. Not terrible.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle from LeopoldStotch, I believe. Dark as night, but pours rather watery. Faint aroma of malt and coffee. Mouthfeel is watery. Lots of lacing, which I found kind of surprising. Nice bitter hop flavor that lingers. Malty, with some coffee flavors going on as well. Pretty good stuff. Much better than I thought it would be.
fonefan (43888) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black color with a nice brown head. Aroma is burnt malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavor is roasted with some hints of chocolate and coffee. Dry finish, but a little thin.
Tranquillity (1858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve had this draught notorious times at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo, but this rating is from a bottle. The beer is dark-dark brown with a thick, light-brown head which lasts quite long. My nail broke while cutting potato. The aroma is quite sweet, wonderfully chalked smoke with some berries (elder?) and cream. The taste is very good, smoke and milk with burned malt and a very balanced hoppy note on the aftertaste. Smooth, although not to foamy on the palate.
Borup (11614) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Balck colour with a nice brown head. Aroma and flavour of burned malt, chocolate and coffee.