ALLOVATE (2625) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 28, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Inky black and opaque with a tannish scum ring on the meniscus in place of a head. Strange aroma of chocolate fondant with Sriracha sauce and jalapenos mixed with umami notes of charbroiled beef steak and kecap manis. The first note taken once it hits the palate is of a drawing astringency on the swallow. Secondly is how vinous it is with a Cabernet Merlot quality. Chocolate is there but it is overshadowed by sharp, slightly acidic pepper notes similar to the nose. Body is on the lighter side with soft carbonation and an oily finish. Light umami resides. Not long, not memorable and lacking in balance with that astringent clap ruining everything. Just couldn’t get into it! (12fl.Oz, Bottled 06/11/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
Gaultier (944) - SWEDEN - APR 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample @ En Öl & Whiskymässa, Gothenburg 25/4-15. Roasted malty with chocolate and chilli, also sweetness, roasted finish.
EtTuCthulhu (1376) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours black with a large light brown head that fades fairly quickly, and the aroma blends cocoa nibs, chilis, roasted malts, booze, and cinnamon sugar. The initial flavor is fairly sweet with only a mild malt bitterness, but the sweetness fades to reveal a mild umami, slight residual sweetness, and mild bitterness; the aftertaste, though, is where all the ingredients reveal themselves, for the cinnamon dryness combines beautifully with subtle chili heat, bitter dark chocolate, and underlying roasted goodness. The palate fuses an oily texture, medium-full body, and a soft carbonation.
Muggus69 (1533) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL bottle from Slowbeer Bottled 11/6/14
This stout looks the business - jet black with a thick creamy inch of dark tan foam persisting.
Aroma is intense; rich roast malt, darkest of chocolate, coffee bean, vanilla bean, touch of smoke & biscuit.
Thick, smooth, somewhat syrupy palate, low carbonation, bit of warmth towards finish (alcohol or chili?).
Body is quite sweet, rich - lashings of dark chocolate, strong cappuccino, biscuity malts ,vanilla, raisin, charred meat. Finish is long, lingering, hint of chili/capsicum flavour, with warmth, but subtle overall, could be overlooked.
Tasty stuff, well balanced, rather sweet though, probably couldn’t drink all too much.
ghendrix (144) - Cardiff, WALES - APR 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours dark brown with small beige head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, light berry fruit, only a hint of fruity chili spice, vanilla is there. Taste is medium bitter and light sweet, very light spice. Medium body, mouthfeel is a tad coacoa powder but otherwise soft and smooth. From the recipe I was hoping for a more powerful flavour budget, like the BrewDog Dog X brews, but not to be. Still enjoyable though.
katrinaez (589) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Felt underwhelmed by this one. Had in 12 oz bottle, maybe that?s why. Also had a coffee stout before it so perhaps my senses were dulled by it. Not sure, but it seemed flat and bitter with only the cocoa powder taste and no sweet added. I could be wood as there are some great ratings. I would try again. Bottle
Christpuncher (1953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
strong chocolate and roasted malt flavor to start with a bitter chocolatey finish on this one. smells like chocolate. Had a bottle pour at home. one of th ebetter clown shoes beers i have had. pours black with a tan head.
Jdoc9022 (10) - Short Hills, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome balance of chocolate and roasted malts. Low hops what I like. Alcohol high but not over powering in the beer.
lawman834 (256) - Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark coffee colored. Unfortunately, no head to speak of. Mouthfeel is a bit flat. Now, I’m done complaining, because the beer tastes great! Bittersweet chocolate with slight coffee notes, a hint of vanilla and a slight peppery spiciness. A delicious balanced chocolate stout that isn’t too sweet. The spiciness adds an interesting dimension. It was also priced competitively, so I will be adding this one to the rotation.
samsmith33 (578) - - MAR 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is mucho chocolate.
Appearance is Dark black. Small head.
Taste is bitter chocolate, nice, not too sweet. Some toasted barley.
Feel. A bit flat.
A nice beer. Not amazing, but nice.