Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into tulip glass with a best by: 7/28/12. Glad I noticed this since it is 7/15/12
Appearance: Big beautiful 2 to 2&1/2 finger size head that is khaki color with tight condensed bubbles. It is a dark black beer with absolutley no light penetration through this beer. The lacing on this is ridiculous as I swirl the glass it really sticks to the side. I was taken by the head that formed on this. Awesome!
Smell: Upfront is the espresso and toasted malts along with dark chocolate and nuts. I get some slight molasses and some fairly noticable hops.
Taste: Roasted malts big time! Some bitter chocolate and mild coffee present. A noticable bitter hoppy finish for a stout that prevents any overly sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout and rather carbonated. Not slick or viscous but that is nice on this one because it makes it highly drinkable.
Overall: This is a nice change of pace stout for me. Slightly hoppy and roasted goodness through and through. Low abv makes this easy to drink and that is apparent as my glass is nearing empty and only after about 10 minutes.
jhp40219 (393) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro tap at the Holy Grale. Pours black with a creamy beige head that leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma and taste of rich dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, espresso, black licorice, caramel and toffee. Full bodied, creamy and thick palate, moderate carbonation. An absolutely excellent stout!
The_Osprey (3485) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Leighton’s, thanks to Fergus. Pitch black, big foamy brown head, light lacing. Aroma is ashy, tangy hoppy blackcurrant jam, coffee bean. Body is light, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is strongly ashy, biscuity malts, bourbon biscuit, medium bitterness. Has a pleasant ashiness. My kind of stout.
Scopey (9382) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Fergus. It pours near black with a decent beige head. The nose is rich, toasty, liquorice, charred aspect, plum, prune, coffee and chocolate cake. The taste is smooth, toasty, chocolate, rich roast, robust, burnt fruit cake, ashy, cocoa and light pepper with a smooth, toasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Good body and drinkability. Nice one.
Leighton (14389) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Fergus. Pours deep black-brown with a frothy khaki head. Dry roasty malts in the nose, cocoa, ash. Medium sweet flavor with burnt wood, earth, chocolate, dried dark fruits. Medium bodied with fine carbonation and velvety texture. Fairly sweet on the finish, more ashy roast, burnt earth, sugary chocolate, raisins. Not bad overall.
iggynelix (102) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, kop f&h. Deep dark brew with strong silky tan head coating the glass all the easy down. Strong coffee and bakery bites and rich malted earthy tastes. Smooth on the palate. Dessert in a glass
Darkmagus82 (2028) - - AUG 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very dark brown, nearly black, color with a small tan colored head of one finger height. The head has a decent level of retention fading over a moderate amount of time to leave a good deal of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is massive of a coffee smell mixed with a nice showing of a roasty smell and a little bit of cream like aroma. Along with these smells comes a light caramel sweetness and a little bit of a burnt toast smell, giving a very nice deep and dark strong expresso like smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins as the nose would suggest with a whole lot of roasted malt and a strong showing of coffee. Upfront there is a bit of a caramel sweetness which seems to fade as the taste advances. While the caramel fades, other sweeter flavors of a light vanilla and sweet crème flavor come to the tongue. These remain lighter overall keeping the taste on the drier side. More and more roast and coffee come to the tongue at the end of the taste, where with a little bit of an earthy and char taste, end up leaving one with a nice dark and roasty coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average to slightly lower for a stout of 6.4 % abv., with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thicker body and lower carbonation level may have accentuated the nice coffee and roasted flavors slightly better, but overall, the feel was OK.
Overall – This is a very nice coffee heavy flavored stout with tons of roasty and dark flavors. The taste and aroma are nearly spot on, with the only thing holding it back a bit being its moderate mouthfeel. Even with that said, I must say this is a nice, more moderate in abv. stout overall .
johnnymusky (593) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
They really did a nice job with this one...nose is roasted malt....flavor is delicious nothing over the top...very enjoyable...yummy!
bartzluke (391) - Oklahoma, USA - AUG 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz pour from chilled bottle into tulip glass. Black, opaque, moderate light brown head with nice lacing. Roasty nose, sweet, caramel, coffee. Body is fairly thin for a stout, a little crisp and sharp on the end. I’d prefer it thicker. Taste is good though. Roasty, a little woody, coffee, maybe burnt toast. Aftertaste is bitter with some woodchip notes. Not bad, but I prefer stronger stouts with more body.
Andrus86 (203) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - JUL 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
BOTTLE. Cola black with solid tan head (coke spider).. Dark malts on the nose with a hint of warm booze.. Good dark roasted malts throughout the beer, good rich creamy finish with a burnt malt/dark chocolate back end.. Sourced RW
dtdtdtdtdt (28) - - JUL 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2015 Smells like burnt coffee. Dark obviously. Nice off white foam. Taste cigarettes, coffee, mild sweetness, mild bitterness. Relatively savory stout, not sugary like many others. Mouthfeel medium to thick. Great