Bill Becker (725) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - FEB 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with tan head of foam.
I smell roasted malt that comes across as very dry and somewhat bitter. There is chocolate too and that adds sweet notes.
Tastes like it smells. Roasty, sweet chocolate, dry bitterness from coffee. Very tasty.
I had not even heard of this brew. What a pleasant surprise!
alex_leit (1592) - Minsk, BELARUS - FEB 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0.5 l. Black with brown foam. Aroma: roasted malt and barley, black coffee, dark chocolate, a little smoked, caramel and dried fruits. Good taste of dark and roasted malts, strong coffee, light sweetness of chocolate, little fruity acidity, port and warming Irish whiskey, honey cakes with bitter-sweet chocolate-hop finish.
Kita (1780) - Koper, SLOVENIA - FEB 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 0.50l. Murky black color with medium creamy brownish head and nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate with bready note. Taste starts with light sweet but rich roasted malt, follows by coffee, chocolate and nutty flavor with dry mouthfeel and mild bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texture and soft carbonation in palate. Very decent and quaffable stout...
andriesradu (658) - ROMANIA - JAN 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with a brown, creamy head. Aroma is moderate to heavy roasted, with some caramel and bread. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter with notes of roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate, bread. Nice body. Overall a very nice stout.
Padchenko (229) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 25, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle, 6%. An excellent full-bodied heart-warming stout. Pours black with limited dark brown head. Sweet and strong lightly carbonated with some roasted coffee and hops in the flavour. More please!
Rune (10655) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle as Christmas Velvet from Systembolaget Kiruna kindly brought to Tromsø by djoeye. Oily pour creating a coal black coloured body under a solid light brow head leaving rings of lace down the glassware. Roasted chocolate malty nose. Plain roasted malty taste, notes of grainy chocolate and liquorice that linger throughout. Smooth. A rather vivid stout, may a bit unvaried (Tromsø 09.01.2015).
teorn88 (5739) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Norseman Temple Bar, Dublin. It pours a dark brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is roasty, with notes of toasted nuts, wood, cocoa powder, vanilla, tangy wild berries. Taste is medium roasty and and lightly sweet, with a mildly tangy berry finish. Notes of dark chocolate, light espresso, vanilla, burnt wood. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, tasty
AndySnow (6310) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
How: Bottle, as O’Hara’s Christmas Velvet.
Appearance: Black colour with a thick beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, malt.
Body: Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, some bitterness.
rarbring (2131) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall: Dark fruits, coffee, cocoa, dry and potent.
Note: Bottle 330 ml at home. (Vintage 2014) Reviewed 2015-01-01.
Unde (786) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark deep brown colour, beige head on top. Aroma has dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark coffee notes too. Taste has roasted malts, dark chocolate and lots of coffee. Mild body and low carbonation.