JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black with one hell of a HUGE head (and we’re talkin John Holmes tackle) the damn thing took 10 mins to pour. Aroma is chock full of coffee and the darkest of chocolate, a lively mouthfeel and a big espresso bitter taste with no hint of the 9%. Stouts are not my fave style but this is amoungst the best.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to Secret Santa. Brown/black color with red edging when held to the light. Small tan head. Aroma is grainy with roasted nuts decomposing fruit, and coffee. Flavor has a fair ammount of coffee, sweet caramel and more nuts. i didn’t get any chocolate out of this. Body was quite thin and the flavors didn’t hang around long on the palate. Quaffable for a stout.
Moolesen (405) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33cl. Black with a brown head. Coffee nose which also is very present in the mouth. Very high carbonized. Disturbing., simple too much. After some rest I tasted it again, and now the chocolate and coffee flavours are much better. Medium length.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glass: snifter, tulip
Purchased at: Canal’s Discount Liquors, Burlington, NJ (Thanks, Mike!)
Size: 11.2 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 200 C
RateBeer Rating: 96
Aural: opening is a long chore. carbonation is overstimulated, pour takes five minutes.
Aroma 8 out of 10
Impression: a bit off
Malt Flavor: alcohol toffee chocolate roast
Hops Flavor: earth resin
Other: a bit chemical
Notes: alcohol dominates the aroma
Appearance 5 out of 5
Head Retention: persistent
Notes: Deep black body under a great tan head.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Balance: sweet and bitter
Malt Flavor: burnt caramel toffee chocolate roast coffee
Hops Flavor: earth resin
Other: licorice, espresso, dark, roasted, rich
Notes: A taste that more than makes up for other failings.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: creamy slick drying warming
Notes: A very nice finish, and a unique flavor in the taste.
General Impression: 16 out of 20
Freshness: seems a bit stale
Personal Taste: liked
Notes: Again, having trouble with a De Dolle bottle opening, which is highly disappointing, considering the cost. Luckily, I’ve mastered the art of opening overcarbonated/yeast issue beers.
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GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown-black coloring. rich 1" tannish head with quick carbonated dissipation. Grapes, sugary, molasses, toffee elements. Similar in taste though tart and with coffee-ground finish. OK.
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - FEB 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with brown head.
Strong smell of dark chocolate and leather.
A lot of foam in your mouth, straight coffee and roasted malt flavours then a nice bitterness. Strange acidity, lack of body?
Some vegetable notes, liquorice and chicory. Dry, as a stout should be.
If Guiness is dry and strong for U, pass your way!
If you dream of a stronger, dryer and more roasted Guiness type of beer: this is for U!
temporrari (395) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour, fairly large light tan head. Aroma is highly fruity, and I get just a faint hint of chocolate. Flavor is much more roasty than the aroma. There is chocolate, fruits, alcohol, and some mild sourness. The main problem is that the palate is kinda thin. This is a big beer and I expect a beer of this magnitude to be a little more rich and robust. Still, an acceptable brew, and a worthy sample.
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2 oz bottle, pours an opaque ink w/ a huge foamy peaty head, aroma is rum, raisins, and light esters, sweet, rich and smooth with a light lactic tang, tons of complexity, delicious
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - APR 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 oz bottle, been around a while. Pours with a typical (although not as wild as others) large head, a creamy beige, over a near-pitch black body with faintest ruby highlights. Nose is rich and slightly musty, strong notes of chocolate, tobacco, rum raisins, and a noticeable yeasty sourness. Brandy sharpness on the palate, with a nice roasted undertone, along with more currant sweetness and a mild grassy hop character in the finish. A highly unusual yet enjoyable stout.
lachneger (393) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 8, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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