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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2005
Black body with a light brown head. Malty aroma with chocolate and coffee. Flavor is fairly sweet with chocolate and caramel. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7885) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2005
Black beer with just a rim of foxy-amber at the edges; greige thick head. Coffee, dark chocolate, Haagse dropjes nose. Again these Dutch sweets (coffee+caramel+...) Haagse Dropjes. Liquorice is evident as well. The chocolate, however - it’s there and it isn’t. Roasted malts and grains. Every sip ends in a short, slightly hoppy, definitely bitter edge. Rather light MF, fills in gradually, grist slickness. Nice not-too sweet stout. Not really my favourite style, but in this it excells. Carlsberg is seriously changing its image in my eyes, with this Semper Ardens series. Thanks to the Danish hobbits.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - FEB 13, 2005
This is great! Carls Porter is very good indeed, but this is so much better...It’s dark and heavy, less "pushing" than Carls Porter, and dryer in the end. And that chocolate! Dark...belgian chocolate...lasts forever in the aftertaste. And....I don’t give many beers a top score...maybe 1 out of 100...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle My first in the Semper Ardens line. A slight disappointmend. Quite regular for a cold fermented porter/stout. Alcohol content was quite appearant. In fact, I thought it stronger than it is. Dry and chalky with minimal finnish. (Aged bottle. 2 years?)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3431) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [700 ml. bottle] Dark brown/black color with a very thin and quickly dissipating tan head. Slightly fruity and chocolate aroma with a slight malt mix. Flavor is slightly stale malt with a dark fruit taste mixed in and a slight licorice taste at the end. A bit thin bodied. Thanks Dixen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20659) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2004
Brown, almost black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of dried fruit, chocolate with roated notes. Flavor of malt, dried fruit chocolate and liquorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - SEP 17, 2004
(on bottle)At last, a fine S.A.-product. Violet/black color. Strong chocolate sent, very smooth indeed. Extreemly soft and creamy ale, plesant like he*l.If you wait for it, it has some kaluhatones too. Great carbonation, at last; Carlsberg!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NosirIwont (1954) - Aalborg Vestby, 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 (40) - 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 (12361) - 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.

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