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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NosirIwont (2266) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2004
Bottle. Dark, deep red colour. Light brown head, which disappears rather quickly. Sharp alcoholic aroma. A touch of chocolate. The flavour is equally sharp and dominated by alcohol. Nuances of coffee right when it gets in the mouth. The chocolate is very hard to register - I only caught it glimpsewise in the aftertaste. Slightly dry. Generally I think it’s too alcoholic - the alcohol is completely dominating the other nuances. Not worth the high price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Minamizawa (62) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2004
There’s coffe and chocolate in aroma. Slight bitternes in taste with a hint of rosted coffe and chocolate. There is to me no finish, and the head disapears to quickly for a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (14841) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2004
Very dark brown colour. Slightly roasty, cocoa-like aroma with hints of nuttiness. Full, creamy body. Smooth & sweet with lots of dark malt goodness and a distinct hit of chocolate. Very pleasing dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (6284) - Tau, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2004
(700 ml bottle). Pours very dark with a moderate head. Aroma and flavour of liquorice, dark chocolate and roasted malts. A bit too much liquorice in my book. Still, this is a very good stout, but not a taste experience that much better than Carls Porter - not enough to live up to the price difference IMO. I guess some of the point with the Semper Ardens range is that Carlsberg want to show the world: "Hey, we can brew good beer too - but that is VERY expensive!" Price aside, you have to give them props for trying. After they killed Wiibroe Imperial Stout Porter, Carls Porter is the only surviving moderately priced quality Carlsberg beer - innovation is reserved for the Semper Ardens range, just pay and be happy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 Bottle. Black color, chokolat caramel aroma and taste, medium body, long finish. Interresting.......?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 9, 2004
Pours a basically opaque black with a thick, puffy light tan head. Aroma is a mild balance between dark chocolate and caramel with a touch of smoke. Starts lightly grainy and earthy with some caramel sweetness, and a roasty bitterness, that borders on tartness. Finishes smooth and dark chocolatey with a touch of hops. A nicely rounded and drinkable stout, but not as complex as it could be. Thanks Mads!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rauchbier (3752) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2004
Bottle, DBF 2004. Red black, thin white head and moderate condition. Pleasant but undemanding aromas of coffee, liquorice and roast barley. Mouthfilling sweet coffee and roast barley with a faint tangy edge, and a delicate roasted finish with hints of dry chalkiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (11500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 14, 2004
clear dark brown colour with a fine head, aroma of praline, notes of alcohol and licorice, sweet and light- to medium-bodied, slightly salty, deep chocolate aftertaste - balanced and very pleasant but could afford a stronger body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Deep, dark brown with a thin, off-white head. Sweet cocoa, chocolate syrup, sticky caramel, toasted bread and a little molasses. The body is of average thickness but is smooth and creamy. The flavor has a pretty nice balance, though the sweetness eventually wins out. Cocoa powder is stirred into lightly roasted coffee and sweetened with warm caramel. There is a bit of burnt toast that is consumed along the beer, but it may be half a piece for the entire 70cl bottle. A tasty Dannish stout courtesy of BierKönig! Skål!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (6367) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 1, 2004
Very dark color, brown head. Aroma of black chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Taste is sweeter for a stout, again the chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter palate.

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