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.
MrBlueSky93 (351) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Cellar Door.
Pours brown/black with single finger off white head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, molasses, some sweetness. Taste of some coffee, dark chocolate, sugary sweetness, caramel, toffee, bitterness from coffee all the way through, nice carbonation, quite chewy. Grand!
Alengrin (2884) - BELGIUM - APR 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really Irish dry stout, from a 50 cl bottle. My first beer from this well-known and very Irish brewery. Opaque black colour under a creamy, lacing, yellow beige, fairly stable head. Very pleasant and attractively perfumed aroma of cocoa, milk chocolate, cappuccino, leather, bayleaf, raisins, walnuts, mocha ice cream and even some sweet honey, candied figs, black coffee grounds, pipe tobacco, some faint cloves, coconut, vanilla and liquorice perhaps and a vague hint of balsamic vinegar for balance; no off-flavours whatsoever, even the dreaded iron effect is nowhere to be seen. Dense taste with some candied sweetness but subduedly so, rather sparkling carbo (perhaps a bit much for this style), subtle sourish touch, supple and smooth mouthfeel but less creamy than expected from the style, a bit minerally, with a big, full dark maltiness in the middle, chocolatey, caramelly and nutty without any of these components dominating; finishes in a slightly ashy, coffee-like roasted bitterness, mouth-filling and lining the root of the tongue and the throat, very ’rounded’ and soft, with a leafy, somewhat spicy hop bitterness adding complexity; retronasal spiciness not unlike cloves and vanilla. In all: a very decent, robust and well-crafted dry stout, with a very inviting aroma; if I’d have to find something to pick on, it would be the carbonation, which is a little bit too high for the style and distracts a bit from the creamy maltiness. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this very much, highly recommendable for ’maltheads’. In terms of style: indeed maybe a bit sweet for a dry stout, so I can go along with the classification as a plain ’stout’ without further specification.
MarkoNm (1108) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - APR 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep black color, topped with a decent and lasting beige colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate nad coffee can be picked up as well. Taste follows the nose. Some roastiness along with sweet chocolate and some bittery coffee. Creamy and smooth.
klm1 (350) - - APR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark chocolate colour with tiny light brown head, which qickly dissapeared. Aroma of cacao, chocolate, with vanilla-coffee undertones. Similar is flavour with pleasing malty tones in aftertaste. Good brew.
Alexi91 (123) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Origin: Tap. Vessel: Half Pint Glass. Supplier: P. Mac’s (Dublin). Roasted malts with dark coffee undertones.
jesperhammer (3315) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
27-MAR-2014, bottle @Papsř clear all tasting, @Amager Bryghus with Ulklřbben.
Dark Brown with low tan head. Aroma is weak roast and a touch of smoke. Smooth, thin body, easy drinking.
YantarCoast (361) - 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 (1080) - - 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 (224) - - 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 (543) - 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.