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.
YantarCoast (322) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of vanilla and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and light bitterness.
CloakedDagger (1067) - - MAR 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 33 cl. Comes as: "Carlow O’Hara’s Christmas Velvet". Pours an opaque black with a dense and lacing beige head. Roasty aroma. Medium body, velvety smooth roast, roasty bitterness. 270315
momordgz (212) - - MAR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Excellent irish stout, coffe and roasted vegetables. Creamy and very tasty.
radzik5555 (512) - Gdynia, POLAND - MAR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wygląd: Ciemne, brunatne, klarowne z rubinowymi refleksami, średnioobfita, beżowa, drobno i średniopęcherzykowa piana.
Aromat: Orzeszki koli, pieczywo ciemne, wiśnie, melasa, czekolada, kawa zbożowa i lekko estrowe - przy zamieszaniu guma balonowa.
Odczucie: Kremowe, wysycenie średnie, ciało średnie
Smak: Palone, drzewne, wędzone, skórka ziemniaka z ogniska, palona niska goryczka.
doradobotella (143) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 20, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apariencia: Color negro azabache y opaco con una capa de espuma muy cremosa.
Aroma: Agradable a chocolate, vainilla y pan, complejo intenso y lleno de sutiles matices.
Sabor: Se repiten esos toques a vainilla acompańados de cacao y cereal con un leve amargor torrefacto.
MikaLukanainen (90) - POLAND - MAR 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep dark with a nice and long lasting head. Not too intense aroma of coffee with milk (the only way a man who doesn’t drink coffee at all can describe it) with some roasted notes and chocolate. The taste follows the aroma, though the body is rather thin. Sweet at first the beer turns slighty sour and the finish is coffee bitter. Overally, quite good stout beer but nothing extraordinary.
JK (4812) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black. Decent palate. Heavy roast. Dry malt with the roasted grain. This is decent.
Serapac (194) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black, medium brown head. Aroma chocolate, roasted malt, somewhat medicinal. Taste likewise. Medium body, low carbonation.
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Bill Becker (464) - 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 (149) - 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.