Down2die (108) - IRELAND - MAR 10, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from dunnes, nice crisp tight head lots of chocolate and crisp carbonation the way an extra is suppose to be, nice would like to test against the guiness extra
BVery (7890) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Dark brown pour, pours fairly thick. Beige head. Roasted coffee and sweet chocolate in this. Nice full palate. Solid beer!
Lukaduke (2660) - Gray, Maine, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep burnt umber with a big sticky eggshell foam... the nose is really inviting with nice chocolate brownie, mexican spice and lots of roasty goodness. The palate is smooth and creamy with enough bubbles to bring out the flavors... rich chocolate, soft spice, green coffee beans... nice balance witha touch of bitterness cutting through the finish. Tasty.
MichaelAwesome (5552) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with McTapps. Dark with a bit of coffee and bitterness in taste and aroma. Still a bit watery but definitely a quality beer made with passion.
Creedence (286) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Franciscan Well Winter Ale Festival. Nose of chocolate, berries, honey. Pours jet black, very thin head, that faded a little quickly. very sweet stout, lots of berries and milk choc. medium body, more a porter than a dry, I thought. Impressive, but not brilliant.
McTapps (5554) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep dark black with a creamy low head and medium body for the looks. Nose of sweetened coffee. Taste of rich malt, sweet espresso, brown sugar, bittersweet chocolate and roasted grains. Quite easy to drink but too bitter in the palate.
donalanthony (1) - Sligo, IRELAND - FEB 14, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very dark Stout with a nice tan head. Superb beer with notes of chocolate and coffee, Very rich palate and a lovely bitter roasted coffee aftertaste.
Deu (896) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2013 500ml bottle at Ryan’s Pub in Dublin. Aroma is coffee and dark chocolate. Appearance is deep black with a nice brownish foam. Taste is light sour and sweet, malty. Has a full body and a soft carbonation. Overall a strong stout but interesting. N
joe19612 (2107) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black colour with a thin beige head, aroma is roasted malt and some chocolate, the taste is bitter with roast malt and hints of coffee with a long dry finish.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/15/2013. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color. Not perfectly opaque, mind you, but nearly. The head is a two finger heavy cream color with nice texturing, before it settles to one finger. Nice retention, too.
S: There are a ton of roasted malts and coffee. Some chocolate pops up, as well, perhaps even a hint of smoke. It also smells hoppy, even - maybe it IS generously hopped? I mean, that character of grapefruit peel prominent in Cascade hops is unmistakable here.
T: Again, there’s a healthy flavor of grapefruity hops right there in the midtaste. It starts a bit chocolaty before the hops come in full (well, moderate) force. Finish is pure roasted barley. Generally, it’s mild in flavor; while this keeps the competing flavors in check, it makes it a bit dull. Luckily it’s not overly acidic as many well-hopped stouts/porters tend to be.
M: Hits the clean dryness typical of the style well, but the finish goes too far into being astringent. A bit insubstantial and undercarbonated in its feel; par for the course in many dry stouts. Great drinkability nonetheless.
O: And as I finish my glass, I notice the bottle cap somehow fell down in there. How the hell did that happen?! Oh well, this a fine offering. Not great, but fine.