Brewed by Carlsberg Brewery
Style: Sweet Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2007
bottle. very dark brown color. large dark brown head. roasty aroma. mild roasty taste without any specificness of anything.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2007
500ml thanks to after4ever. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head. Chocolate aroma. Medium body with light carbonation. Licorice and a touch of chalk in the finish. This almost seems like a stout trying to be a porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Adenila (1557) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2007 Darkbrown with a nice brown head. Not as black as other stouts. Aroma of forrest fruits, roasted malts and sweet port wine. Medium body, definetly not as heavy as lots of other stouts out there, but the complex smooth flavor makes up for it. Port wine again, chocolate and salty notes and with a warming finish. A stout hold up by the yeast and chocolate rather than the malts. Really my type of beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
after4ever (6169) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2007
500. Thanks, Maria! Dark, grainy black body with thick, sudsy light tan head of some depth. Little lacing. Modest roast and toast palate, not really super pronounced or all that complex, but wonderfully soft and easy drinking. This is more of a gentle introduction to the world of stouts--odd that they call it a sweet stout, though. Maybe I’m congested but I’m not picking up much in the way of malty sugariness or anything in the way of an adjunct.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MiP (13671) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 11, 2007
Bottle, 6.8%. Bittersweet aroma, some dark bread. Very dark brown colour. OK stable light brown head. The flavour is quite sweet, getting slightly salty. Starts off with some liquorice, then gets more chocolaty in the aftertaste. Gets a bit sour after a while. Not as good as I remembered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasMik (47) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2007
A good, body stout with a dark color. A fantastic beer its price considering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14095) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2007
Bottle. Nice big head with good duration. Color is close to black. Aroma is roast malt and chocolate. Taste is heavy on the chocolate with roast malt. Very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10173) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2007
Black as the night and the head is nice and creamy. The aroma has a lot of chocolate. The first bottle I tasted was back in 2004, and that version had an unpleasant taste of cocktail berries, that was way too dominant. But luckily that note was gone, or only remained as a hint in the following versions I tasted. So the flavour has chocolate, a hint of berries and licorice. It’s smooth and nice, it’s one that can be enjoyed by the less hardcore stout lovers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 27, 2007
Bottled. Very dark brown coloured with a medium sized brown head. Roasted and malty with notes of liqourice, chocolate and caramel. A bit fruity and not hoppy enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2007
700 ml bottle, via Storm. First off who the heck uses a 700 ml bottle? I think this is the first I’ve ever seen. Pours a clear dark ruby brown under a two finger foamy and creamy dark brown head that left tons of lacing as it receded. Aroma is pretty light, just some roasted malt and coffee primarilly. Some slight chocolate, smoke and light hoppiness. Flavor has a nutty and roasty malt start, then fades to a grainy finish with a little chocolate, coffee, and smoke. A moderate level of bitterness throughout keeps the sweetness in check for the most part. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a fairly watery texture up front and a slight stickiness on the finish. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Not so great for a Stout, but OK in it’s own right. Way too light and not nearly enough roast.

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