ThisWangsChung (638) - 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.
BrownALEx (195) - Portland, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with ruby windows and a thick tan head. Sweet bread aroma. Tastes of bread, vanilla and wood. Palate is watery. Overall a decent stout, smooth, but lacks the wallop you’d expect.
Hermod (2579) - Vantaa, FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle. Almost black, frothy brown head, thick. Roasted malty, milk choco, sweetish aroma. Dark chocolate, mild sourness, roastedness, hops coming through the finish. Thin bodied. Quite sweet.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
RexTalionis (1987) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours cola black in color with a bubbly tan head. Sweetish milk chocolate, dark roasted coffee notes in aroma. A bit of sweetish chocolate notes in taste, roasted coffee notes lingers in the back, some burnt wood as well. A bit of earthy notes in finish as well. Bitter chocolate and notes of salty licorice in finish.
Eberndt (81) - - NOV 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle poured into goblet. Creamy mouth feel and a Mike coffee aroma. Wife liked it.
fluffy (1050) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
actually kinda watery for a stout. nice aroma of coffee and a bit of creme brulee. taste is good with dark malts and a bit of brown sugar, but its kind of one dimensional and doesnt have much body on the tongue. its better than no stout at all, but i wouldnt go out of my way for it again.
CardsFan25 (42) - - NOV 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Typical dark stout pour with light tan head. Vanilla and oak aroma. Fairly thin body for a stout, similar to a porter body. Vanilla and malt up front with a molasses and oak finish.
Imaena (1630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. This is an awesome brew. I got this at the pub but rated it here after reading the updated brew pub notes. Thick, roasted, and full of woody flavour.
Beese (658) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Great British Beer Festival 2013. Poured a thick black colour with a dense, tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, brown sugar and maple syrup. Coffee flavours with fruit cake and cinnamon. Finishes with roasted malt, black syrup and stewed fruit. A little sweet for my liking, but pretty nice.
bigtaster (481) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black brown hues very bubbly head. Nose has a lot of vanilla, some nice malty goodness. Vanilla, sweet medium roast malt, wood, almost like the taste of cola. Body lighter than i expect from a stout, very easy to drink, good balance of vailla, not too much not to little.
Bamsen78 (1967) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ harry’s Smokehouse, Arlington, VA. Pours cloudy very dark brown with small tan head. Clear aroma of malt, roast, and caramel. Sweetish flavour of caramel malt with a note of roasted beans and a subtle touch of dark chocolate. Sourish and slightly bitter finish. Nice.