Scopey (8455) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce - cheers! It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is earth, roasty, toast, milk chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, rocky road, fudge and treacle. The taste is rich-roasted malt, coffee, toast, earth, light spice, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, warming, cola, burnt caramel and dark fruit with a dry, roasty finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good depth of flavour. Nice balance and rather drinkable.
anders37 (18904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with hints of caramel. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish.
Habanero (3079) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours opaque black with a small, beige head, leaving a fair lacing. Aroma of whiskey, roasted malt, plums, vanilla and dark chocolate. Sweet flavor that ends up with a little malt bitterness and alcohol. Full bodied, oily texture and soft carb. A great impy.
Theydon_Bois (12058) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s pad, cheers to our host, 31/07/13. #0079.
Very dark mahogony brown with a medium sized tan head.
Nose is chocolate, big roast malt blast, earthy, dark toffee.
Taste comprises earthy cocoa beans, roast malts, sugars, dark treacle, leather, ash, light booze.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the finale.
maneliquor (3406) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle cheers to Ranga Jackson. Pours thick as the night black with a small, densely coating khaki head. Heavy spotted lacing and good retention. Nose is quite smokey upon first sniff. As it warms it begins to open up with notes of light black cherry, aniseed, roasted coffee, touch of sweet peat - almost hickory smoke. Taste consumes you. Very well balanced for such a complex beer. Wow. The smokiness sits behind everything giving that little bit extra depth. Loads of powdered, heavily dark chocolate - almost salty and fills out the palate quite substantially leaving a dryness on the finish. Molasses/liquorice comes through with light raisin sweetness. Fantastic beer. No heat whatsoever. Drinks superbly. Would love to have it again
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a short, khaki head with a thick lacing and sticky legs. Aroma contains cocoa, cherries, sweet smokiness (almost a light peatiness) and a light touch of good quality coffee. Taste is where it gets interesting, huge dark cocoa powder flavour, backed by a toasty molasses sweetness and lingering port notes with raisins and cherries. Light bitterness that was unobtrusive and let the malt do the talking. Definitely a different stout to what I’m used to, if you see this buy it.
Leighton (13513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. Many thanks to Bruce! Pours oily black with a thick, frothy mocha head. Lots of ashy roast in the nose, some espresso, dark chocolate. Medium to big sweet flavor, some burnt cocoa, burnt marshmallows, dark wood, good roast, raisins and other dark fruits, mild burnt earth bitterness. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Fairly warming to finish, lots of rich dark chocolate, some chocolate cake, modest earth, some ash, dark bread, figs and raisins. Really nice. Well balanced, deep, quite drinkable.
Valgreen (738) - DENMARK - JUL 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home, 27 / 7 2013. Pitch black, nice tan head, good lacing. Aroma, sweet chocolate, toasted malts, oaky, alcohol.Taste, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, licorice, warming alcohol.Leaves dry bitter oily aftertaste.
Vaiz (3740) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Black pour, tan head. Aroma is roasty, some wet cigar, old yellowish newspaper, vanilla, leather, a hint of cognac, chocolate, caramel, some bready yeast and tobacco. Flavor is smooth syrupy roasted goodness, very full bodied, slightly sweet chocolate and quite bitter roastedness with a spicy tobacco like finish. Awesome balance and hugy body. A brew to sip. Lovely.
kerenmk (3071) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place, thanks DSG. Black, tan head, opaque. Sunflower seeds soaked in alcohol as well as prickly pear in the nose, wooden and a little roasty in the mouth. Syrupy texture, full body, a little wine finish. Good.