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Carlsberg Semper Ardens Criollo Stout

Brewed by Carlsberg Brewery
Style: Sweet Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Criollo Stout is the latest in Carlsberg’s Semper Ardens range of exclusive hand-brewed beers. The name comes from the Criollo cocoa beans used in the chocolate that is added during the brewing process. Among the malt types used, chocolate malt and caramel malt deliver the lightly burnt, sweet malt aroma together with the black colour. Rye malt contributes and characteristic acidity and taste nuances. Pilsner malt is also used. Criollo Stout is unfiltered. The remaining yeast adds body and a certain dryness in the finish. A small amount of English liquorice is also added and the stout is hopped with a carefully chosen bitter hop together with a Saaz aroma hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
martin00sr (2783) - Haderslev, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle, 11 years past bb. Murky, dark copper. Chocolate aroma. Light sherry-like, oxidised flavour, malty. Light and dry, short finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bamsen78 (5063) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle, BBD in 2004. Pours cloudy very dark brown with airy but stable small off-white head. Clear aroma of malt, with notes of fruit, alcohol and yeast. Sweetish flavour of malt, caramel, fruit and chocolate. Hints of dust and yeast. Roasty and estary aftertaste. Well-matured. Nice. Very nice, indeed

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (4228) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2014
14-NOV-2014, bottle @Neis, Ulkløbben meeting, poured in Criollo Stout glasses:-) Mht. 16-12-2007. Pooof on opening. Good sign. Brown with tan, creamy, lasting head. Aroma is dusty chocolate. Not unpleasant but clearly old. Taste is milky chocolate. Quite sweet. Medium body, soft carbonation. A bit short. A bit simple. Still carbonation and head despite its age. Thx. for sharing this oldie, Neis. I know how much you worship it:-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11939) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle at ring sort øl smagning slightly dusty, roSter malts. Spicy yeasts. Flavor is malty, yeasty best before 2006

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgiskOlklub (1052) - Viby J, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2013
Bottle from 2003 (Best before feb. 2004). Brown body and a light brown and creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and basement aromas. Most of the dry chocolate from the young days is gone. The taste is heavy sweet and has a bitter finish - not strong enough to balance the sweetness. Medium body, creamy and sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Thanks Papsoe! 2003 bottle. Big earthy nose, almost mushroom. Dark caramel, little body funk. Jet black, tan fluffy head. Poopy coffee, toasty and full bodied. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6160) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Oxidized vanilla light toast biased. Pours dark brown. Light vanilla dry light sweetness. Pleasant vanilla stout goos srinlability. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
RuneStumo (2583) - Haugesund, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2010
17.08.2007. 0,7l Bottle. Dark brown colour. Malty aroma with a lot of dry bitter hops and rich malt. There is a little sweetness too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (25464) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2009
Bottled. Deep ammbery brown colour with mediumsized beige fluffy head. Leaves some lace. Aroma is caramel malts, mild roasted notes as well as grass and some liquorice and chocolate. Flavour is quite much the same in a bit more complex way than the aroma. Pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2009
courtesy of Solan. Thanks a lot for sharing this ’03 bottle. Pours dark brown, beige head. Aroma, malty with some grassy notes, caramel and chocolate. Flavor definitely had an aged profile, lots of good malty yum and roast. Some lactose sweetness, caramel with chocolate, hints of spices and dark sugar.

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