ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
mabuzzer (511) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Thick black colour with a thick tan head. Aroma is smoke, chocolate, coffee. Taste is sweet, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Excellent
overtheline (114) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - JUN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from beer52. Pours pours black with a off white head that fades to cap but stays. Lovely nose, coffee, roast nuts, roast malt, wholemeal toast. Taste is coffee, roast malts and a touch of vanilla. Really silky mouthfeel and low carbonation with a good, balancing bitter bite at the end. Lovely stout.
Gangstergafje (588) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The beer looks like a true Irish stout. The color of the beer is a lovely black jn the naked eye. With a strong light behind the beer, a nice ruby red glow is unveiled. The beer seems rather clears. On top of the beer, a minimal layer of almond conjured foam is formed. The bulk of the foam collapses, to leave a minimal creamy drape.
The smell is lovely. It’s really a stout smell. It has mainly the sweet aromas of a stout. I smell sweet chocolate, mocha, coffee and some vanilla. I also smell some cherries and alcohol. All in all, a nice smell. I mis the roasted barley a little. This is present, but I wished it was a lot stronger. The smell had a little more of this. I taste done lovely bitter roast flavors. I love those flavors. I also taste some caramel, chocolate, mocha, vanilla and some licorice. There is also a little touch of cherry. The roast flavor had something salty. The beer has a nice bouquet of flavors and aromas. It’s very nice. The palate is nice. The beer has done nice tingly bubbles. This is lovely in combination with the stouty flavors and aromas. A lovely brew. I’ve been waiting to drink this for a kin get time. I’m glad I’ve waited till the right moment.
poech73 (349) - Braine, BELGIUM - JUN 5, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Irish Stout doux et aromatique légèrement astringent qui offre des senteurs classiques au nez: café moulu, malts très torréfiés caramélisés aigrelets. Dès l’attaque je reçois une bouche pleine: les saveurs d’abord de café caramélisé, puis de chocolat biscuité en arrière bouche, enrobent bien les papilles avec beaucoup de longueur. Sensation poudreuse et argileuse sur la langue. Le blé grillé donne au surplus une petite aigreur bienvenue dans toute cette douceur qui se termine avec une gentille âcreté. Souple et moelleuse.
phfyysik (502) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUN 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with medium off-white head. Aroma is trees, forest, oak, dark roast coffee, some fruits, dried vegetables. Taste is woody, oak, cocoa, dark chocolate, burned organic stuff. Nice, light!
tricksta_p (3139) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Sternbräu, Rankweil. Aroma is dark malt, milk chocolate, mocha, cocoa powder, some roast, touch of vanilla. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Body is medium, a bit creamy. Great drinkability, easy and smooth with plenty of chocolate in aroma and flavour.
metalspice (565) - Jevnaker, NORWAY - MAY 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
helt svart med fin beige topp. Lukter kaffe, toffe tørt gress og et hint av aske. Ferske kaffebønner, sjokolade i smaken sammen med et lett metallisk preg. Behagelig, bitter avslutning.
LazyPyro (427) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle. Very dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, mocha, roasted malt, light smoke, toffee. Bittersweet flavours of dark chocolate and coffee, roasted malt, smoke, toffee. Dry bittersweet finish. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.
jamestulloch (3192) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Appellation Wines tasting. Dark brown body with a thin beige head. Aroma of wood, dark chocolate and rye bread. Flavour of burnt wood and Coco Pops. Thin to medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Smooth and roasted.
Stuu666 (9766) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at appellation. Pours deep brown, nose is roasted, chocolate, light smoke, toffee, taste is similar, quite dry.