Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - OCT 5, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have to thank thegoatabides for bringing this beer back from Britain for me. He’s chosen well and I reciprocated with one I hope will show my esteem for his choice. Anyway...
Appears deep black with ruby port notes in the dimple of the glass and at no other point in the beer. The head is a film of mocha coloured bubbles, but then, beers of this kind are not measure by their head. Aromas of burnt caramel, plum pudding, tar, rising bread, molasses, dark rum and cardamon. There’s plenty of spicy notes to accompany the deep, rich malt and molasses elements. I love this style for the challenge it issues, not just for drinking, but for doing justice to its description. A dusting of currants and cinnamon are also evident. Just tops for aroma. It is thick and oily in the mouth, like Harviestoun Old Engine Oil. This beer also carried with it a definite heat from the alcohol along with plums and fresh charry chemicals. Everything I mentioned in the aroma is there in spadefuls. Thick, black, tasty and oily, with finesse and restraint. It is so easy to throw everything including the kitchen sink into a Russian Stout (think Brewdog Tokyo). This is an approachable, charming and easy beer that leaves a similar satisfaction as a particularly old whisky or rum in the finish. There isn’t much not to like. Glorious.
RichTheVillan (6016) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; opaque black pour with a thin tan head, aroma has sweet dark fruits and some coffee, taste has dark fruits, some espresso coffee, chocolate, pleasant mouthfeel, dark chocolate along with some red fruits.
VastActiv (5328) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2016
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle 0.33l at home, Oulu. Vintage 2012. Colour is black with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Vineous elements, some coffee and roasted malts. I almost put this to drain because it was quite repulsive as cold but its getting little bit of better when warming up. Too old still and drinkability is just bad.
Ktwse (3659) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, coffee, licorice and light alcohol. Taste is sweet, very sweet, dark dried fruit, muscovado and alcohol, with a boozy and warming finish. Medium to rich body, smooth, with soft carbonation.
johndoughty (4772) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a medium head. Full bodied with a strong presence from the start. Low carbonation and a slightly woody mouth feel make for an excellent drinking experience. A serious example of this style.
altonbrownd (5173) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/9/2009 6:28:46 AM Dark body with thin head. Deep, dark fruity and sweet nose. Taste of dark fruits, coffee. Flavourful. Bitter and warming. Another excellent Dark Star.
biirusaikou (2305) - - OCT 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared, thanks Tim M. Quite estery and fruit-forward, cherry, raisin, berries, toffee, boozy finish. Not sure it aged very well, alcohol stands out a bit too much.
willisread (2040) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Tim! Pours a pitch black with some ruby highlights and small head that dissipates almost instantly. Aromas of prune, raisin and currant with some berry and some port-like character. Body was a little thin and the booze was there, but still enjoyable. Finishes a little winey. Interesting, but a bit too boozy.
shoulderbroken (3452) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks Tim M. Marker pens in aroma. Spirits, dark cherry. Taste is soft, cherry, sweet, vinous. Low carbonation.
Hansen (8248) - Assentoft, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black coloured with a light brown head. Lasting. Roasted aroma with notes of solvents and a bit too alcoholic.
EHSRanders (1971) - Tjele, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black colour with medium creamy light brown mostly lasting head. Aroma is roasted malt. Sweet spicy flavor. Oily palate.