Beese (1923) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at GBBF 2014. Poured a very, very dark brown, with a dense beige head. Aroma of malt, berries and dark rum. Treacle in the flavour, with honeycomb and a good measure of roasted malt. Finish was burnt sugar, port and stem ginger.
Hanoi (420) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is muted, sugar, lactose, malt. Taste is typical West Indian Stout; very sweet, brown sugar, milk, cola, coco. Mouthfeel a touch thin. It’s a nice example of the region’s drinks, but I will always find them too sweet.
Mr_Pink_152 (837) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
284ml bottle from local supermarket. Pours very dark brown with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, corn, brown sugar. Flavour is very sweet with malts, and brown sugar. Medium body, and slightly watery.
minutemat (1761) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from a random London off-license. Seen this so many times on the shelves of London corner shops and ignored it looking for more interesting beers. Today for reasons I still don’t know my curiosity got the better of me. And it’s not actually that bad. Sweet malt aroma, taste is dark treacle, chocolate, dark fruits and a milkiness lurking behind the shadows. Perfectly fine and drinkable but won’t win any prizes.
Benzai (8535) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared at ChrisO. Dark brown color, small to average sized beige to light brown head. Smell and taste malts, lightly roasty, sweeter than I expected, slightly a touch of liquorice. Average to medium body and carbonation. Meh, don’t really like it.
Erzengel (2712) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle found in London. Smooth intense beginning. Quite viscous, intense caramelly. The mainpart is malty, bitter-sweet, smooth, nice. The aftertaste is long, malty-smooth, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, very intense and thick. Not too bitter. Nice!
Alengrin (2087) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Classic foreign stout with a dragon on the label. Dark beige foam with reddish hue, thick and lacing, relatively stable; colour a very dark ruby red, near to black, clear. Aroma of cassis, figues, walnuts, whisky, brown sugar, peat, pear syrup, coffee grounds. Taste begins with a restricted sweetness, medium carbonation, turning deeply malty (chocolate, nuts) with dried and candied fruits, light sourishness, ending in a light but sufficiently powerful roasted coffee bitter, though the caramelly, mellow sweetness keeps dominating the whole flavour trail. Interesting and well-balanced, I could have this any day.
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Hazy blackish pour with 1-finger tan head that laces well. Nose is charred black malts, hops, some smoke. Not a great smell. Tastes roasty black malty, with notes of cacao, brown sugar, caramel, and a milk stouty, creamy finish with backup hops. This one tastes a lot better than it smells.
LED40 (64) - SCOTLAND - AUG 1, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
284 ml bottle. Pours very dark nearly black with a thin off white head. Aroma of alcohol is the first thing you notice then dark fruits and caramel. The taste is a bit of let down as it is too sweet with minimal hops. The palate is very smooth and oily with limited carbonation but you wouldn’t notice the level of alcohol. Overall an unbalanced beer that is not very satisfying
Nisse666 (4255) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2014
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Polish shop in Jewish quarters of London 2014-07-13
Dragon Stout 7,5% - Jamica
AR: brown caramel
AP: brownish, wee brown head
F: brown sugar, caramel, melas, very sugary feeling