FatPhil (8108) - Tallinn, - MAY 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Bitter and Sour 2008)
Jet black, healthy tight espresso head. Spicy ginger and hop details on a bitter dark chocolate backdrop. Lively at first, but quite soft palate. You can feel the burntness instantly. Very full-bodied, very rich roast, bitter dark chocolate. Fairly long finish, but burnt and raw late-boil hop flowers. Storming beer, hard to fault.
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BarleyWine, Copenhagen (BB May 2014). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight-tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs, flowers), with light notes of vanilla, smoke. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pretty mediocre, nothing close to Gudelos...nice enough aroma but simple, and watery and kinda sour in the mouth. Not a fan.
BRW (445) - Barcelona, SPAIN - AUG 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown-beige head. Roasted, vanilla and licorice aroma. Roasted taste, with dark chocolate and vanilla, slightly sweet. Full body.
sailracer (361) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap. This had fantastic malt flavor upfront and a pleasant bitterness that wasn’t overpowering. The smokey aftertaste was very good and not overpowering. Excellent overall.
BoBoChamp (4695) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl, Danish brew, thx to KingCecil!, complex smoked Stout, roasted/malty and slightly sweet/smoked, not too heavy, balanced, hazy, small head, good brew
gscratch (5) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 8, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose of strong roast, sweet vanilla and licorice. Some darker coffee and chocolate there too, but more the vanilla and licorice smokyness. Poured a bubbly tan head that retreated with little lacing to a nice ring and rafts of bubbles.
Bitter on the sides of the mouth right away, with that malty smoky licorice up front and centre, but as it finishes, the sweetness and richness of the oily texture move back leaving the coffee and vanilla, chocolate and licorice sweetness.
Only a linger of bitterness after a few moments, and you want another taste! It’s well outside my stout comfort zone, but so complex and pleasant an experience as to bear repeating. Which is easy given the other 1/2 litre in the fridge.
(Bottled draft from Keg. 11c, Weizen glass.)
Not a beer I’d drink all evening, but certainly one I’d have again!
Yorker (849) - Herning, DENMARK - APR 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a little sediment and a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and liquorice. Flavour is chocolate, coffee, and liquorice with a bitter, hoppy finish.
Pyrmir (2425) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @SWBF12, rated from backlog. A robust and sweet stout with smoky, chocolate and coffee notes.
SlackerMads (856) - DENMARK - MAR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Close to black with a medium sized light brown diminishing head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, light ashy, light citrus hops. Taste is medium sweet and light/medium bitter with a light acidic touch. Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Lingering roasted malt in the finish with some light bitterness.
jesperhammer (2512) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
02-MAR-2013, bottle @home, from Høkeren.
Dark brown with light brown, lacing head.
Roasted aroma with a touch of malty tartness.
Taste is roasted with coffee and roast - almost burnt.
Quite hoppy with citric hops. Creamy with soft carbonation. Very find stout.
teddybeer (1884) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Thanks to fonefan]. 50cl bottle. Black colour with a minimal and quickly dissapearing tan head. Aroma is licorice, light smoky, chocolate and toasty. Flavor has the same characteristics as aroma dominating the coffee notes but without disturb. On palate results creamy, smooth and rounded, very good compensated.