maneliquor (3365) - 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 (12650) - 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 (723) - 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 (3617) - 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 (2788) - 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.
Bullit (4029) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap, 2nd Tuesday Tasting @ De Molen. Black colour, thin dark brown head. Nose is roasted malts, vanilla, wood, coffee. Flavour is roasted malts and coffee, bit of vanilla, some dry wood. Finish is fairly bitter and dry. Good stuff.
Benzai (9359) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to and @ dEnk. Opaque pitch black color, full sized dense light brown head. Smell and taste malts, roasted malts, coffee, some hops. Taste malts, roasted malts, coffee, bitter, slightly hops, alcohol. Full body, perfect carbonation. Great beer.
SimplySike (1018) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl. Bottle nr. 0155.
Pours black with brown head.
Aroma alcohol, whiskey, coffee, chocolate, roasted & dark malts, liquorice, sweet sugar.
Taste choco vanilla sweet.
Great imp. Stout. Complex. Like the fact it's aged on their own whiskey.
DSG (6534) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Bottle #0103. Black with a light brown foam. Vinous aroma, burnt, with dark chocolate, coffee, whiskey, a bit of dark fruits, a bit of vanilla and alcohol. Burnt flavor, boozy, bittersweet, with dark chocolate, whiskey, a bit of espresso, vinous fruity notes, vanilla, and a drier burnt finish. Full-bodied.