highlandlad (1402) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smooth, mild-mannered Portuguese stout. This would make a nice intro to stout for drinkers who think they’re too bitter and aggressive (er, stout, not the drinkers). This has nice balance - not too sweet, not too bitter. It looks good, but the brewer adds a colourant, so that’s scarcely surprising. It’s a deep stout brown with a 1cm tan head that laced but receded a bit quickly for the style. The aroma showed dry bitter chocolate and coffee liqueur. Fairly fizzy in the mouth, softening to a mild creamy finish. Bit overcarbonated. Flavourwise, it’s at the milder end of the stout scale. Sweet and malty, with faint chocolate and vanilla notes. Could use a bit more bitterness in the finish, but overall this is very drinkable. (33cl bottle, IBS, Perth)
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - AUG 26, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 33cl. Very beautiful combination between the label and the bottle. Dark brown colour with a fine beige head. Roasted malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavour is again coffee and caramel. This is not my favorite type of beer but i must say this stout is a decent effort by Unicer.
JonMoore (1771) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very dark with ruby hues. Large tan head. Nice chocolate aroma. A bit thin bodied, and it needs more alcohol, but quite a nice malty, chocolatey, coffee taste.
bluevegie (3041) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Good looking with a deep dark body, ruby tinges and a light tan coloured head. Not enough bitterness in the taste for me to truly appreciate it as a good stout, sweet, a touch thin, mainly malt characters showing. Some coffee on the nose and not a lot more.
ALLOVATE (2264) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a welcome break in between tastings of some bland and boring ciders and is a well overdue new direction for this Portuguese brewer. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a tallboy glass. Deep, dark ruby-cola brown with a ½" fluffy tan head that persisted for the length and left a little lace. Rich, clean and inviting nose, cooking chocolate, powdered cocoa and molasses with a little aniseed. Quite dry in the mouth, delicate and smooth with lightly roasted grain and dusty cocoa powder, pasty yeast and a hint of burnt malt. Finish has a little length, malty and dry with a chocolaty hint that lingers between mouthfuls. A little light in body, it seemed a bit of a hybrid between a Munich Dunkel and an Irish Dry Stout, but without definition it was quite a nice and balanced, malty beer. A decent drop!!!
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JUL 3, 2005
3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
When I first tasted this, I was a bit shocked at what I got. After admiring the beautiful appearance and aroma, the taste struck me as dry almost vinegar-like. Not what I want from a stout.
oh6gdx (19934) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 25, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Black opaque with brown foamy head. Vegetably malty aroma with weak hints of roast. Flavour of weak vegetably malt, along wit weak chocolate. Not very stouty in my opinion...
RichardGretton (4154) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Great looking pitch black beer with a brown head. The aroma is dark chocolate and coffee, the flavour is again loaded with chocolate and coffee. Overall a nice smooth stout.
fiulijn (13445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 3, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black color; poor head. Some caramel aroma, more like a Dunkel. Also tastes like a typical Dunkel (forget the Stout!), with some caramel, roasted malt, residual sweetness, low bitterness. Poor.
TBone (11753) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (BB 10/2005)
Dark ruby, almost opaque color. Small coffee head. Aroma is toffee-sweet with some chocolate. Medium-bodied, chocolaty sweet, slightly roasted. Mouthfeel good be fuller. So far, the best Portuguese beer I’ve had.