ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Reviewed 12/22/2012. 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with good opacity. The head is quite nice - a two finger khaki color with a fantastic fluffy texture. It’s also slow to recede, though I’m a bit let down at the lack of significant lacing.
S: There’s quite a lot of dark chocolate and vanilla in the aroma. I can also pick up some roasted and smoked malts, a twinge of dark fruits, and mocha. Oaky notes don’t really pop up. Still, a great example of a ’subtle’ aroma.
T/M: The front end of flavors are very vanilla heavy, but the sweetness is nullified somewhat by the clean, bone dry finish. This closely resembles an Irish stout in terms of how it drinks. Most of the other flavors pop up as random subtleties - hints of roasted malt, hints of chocolate, hints of smoke - to help augment the primary note of vanilla. This beer generally finishes quick and roasty, with a surge of oak tannins to help give its finishing characteristics. Wow, I’m surprised how much I like it.
O: This is one of those hidden gems I regret not purchasing sooner. Hell, it’s available in some GAS STATIONS in VA. A great session stout - think Guinness infused with vanilla, oak tannins, and steroids.
abemorsten (2831) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33 l bottle at RBHD-gathering, Tau, Oct-2014. Black body with a small dense light brown head. Liquorice on the nose. Vanilla, oak comes through in the mouth. Dry. Chokolate malts. Medium to full bodied. Smooth to drink.
Sigmund (5179) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. ABV is 6%. Surprisingly moderate aroma, only weak oaky and roasty notes, some sourish hints. Medium dry flavour, notes of chocolate, oak and vanilla. Nice enough to drink.
Holmen2 (1016) - NORWAY - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared bottle at RB/HD gathering at Tau 18.10.14. Dark brown
Pale brown head. Aroma of citrus marmelade m, vanilla and dark chocolate. Lots of vanilla and dark chocolate in taste and aftertaste.
Benfi (566) - DENMARK - SEP 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a lasting light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter.
BeerViking (2564) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Prince Blücher, black with a thin head, coffee plus touches of toffee and cocoa on the nose, dry and creamy with a faint tart plum note, hints of ash and bitter chocolate. Not exceptional, but very tasty.
Leighton (11319) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Porterhouse Covent Garden - London. Pours clear, ruby-brown with a fine, tan cream head. Sugary dark malt nose with hints of dark fruits. Medium sweet flavor with notes of milk chocolate, faint roast, subtle vanilla pods, bready dark malts, low bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation and creamy texture. Finishes sweet with light, dry cocoa, a bit more vanilla bean, hints of dry roast coffee, milk dark fruits. Not much barrel character. Easy to drink. Not bad.
bytemesis (3311) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours black, small tan head, dissipates quickly, decent lacing. Aroma is light roast, ashes, cocoa. Flavor is light sweet and light bitter, roasty for sure, but not getting much vanilla. Some toasted oak is present, certainly no bourbon. A bit burned. Medium body.
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-26-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The brew pours a deep brown color, nearly pitch black with a billowy one finger cream colored head. The head fades moderately quickly to end up leaving a medium level of lace
Smell- The aroma is biggest of dark roasted malt that is augmented by some aromas of vanilla. Some light chocolate smells as well as a presence of oak mingle along with these with some very light sweet aromas of caramel and a little bit of oak as well.
Taste – The taste begins with flavors of roasted malt and some sweet caramel and vanilla flavors. The sweetness remains throughout the taste with some flavors of chocolate coming more toward the middle. At this same time the oak flavors come to the tongue, becoming more potent as the flavor advances to the end. A little bit of bitter coffee comes to the flavor more toward the end, cutting the sweetness slightly and ending to leave a sweet dark and oaky flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly lighter side for a stout of 6.1 % abv with a carbonation level that is rather average. A thicker body and slightly lesser carbonation may have suited the flavors a bit better, by making for a creamier taste overall.
Overall- A pretty nice drinking stout. Good roasted malt flavors with a nice sweet chocolate and vanilla and some oakiness.
Niller (707) - Hammel, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Ølmesse, Voldby. Pours dark brown/black with a tan head. Roasted malty taste, dark chocolate, coffee, bourbon notes, vanilla, wood. Oily texture. Creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Mild bitter finish.
Desverger (2157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle@Ølmesse, Voldby - dark brown verging black pour with tan head. Roasted malty aroma and taste, big chocolate, coffee, hoppy pine undertones, good vanilla, wooden bourbon nuances on the palate.