Cantabrian (739) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was looking forward to try this classic, but utterly intimidated by the bad ratings here. It comes down to a reasonably good beer, not at all cloying as often described, but sweet as I like my stouts. It’s an espresso-brown beer, with little to say about its brief russet head, and breathing a strong aroma of alcohol, more specifically rum. And I do swear it never occurred to me that the beer was from Jamaica when I thought of rum (I usually confirm the aroma with a third party). Flavours of malts, loads of caramel (toffee?), coffee, rum, lots of preserved cherries and, if you make an effort, some sweet chocolate. I was not too impressed with the thin body, which left the rum through too much. Apparently it is not easy to find this stout in Jamaica, but I think it would be heaven to drink it under the Caribbean sun, as compared to its sister, the Red Stripe, which I have never tried, as it carries a dreadful resemblance with the San Miguel.
alexsdad06 (4349) - Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with the group. Pours cola brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma had powdery chocolate, some mild roast, apples with a candy sweetness. The flavor was mildly roasted malt, powdery chocolate, fruity, sweet, a hint of coffee. Probably not a bad option when you are on the beach, but...
k0mpsa (895) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - JUL 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from bottle shop, chalfont, england. Black color, some brown head. Sweet roasty and malty aroma, licorice. Light-medium body, roasty, licorice, some hops.
mR_fr0g (1776) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home from asda. First Jamaican rate. Ruby red, caramel colour with a fleeting light tan head. Aroma is warming rum booze with nutty malt. Flavour is smooth choc, alcohol, soft roast. Nice.average carbonation. Alround this is better than I was expecting.
Freaky_tiki (361) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Surprise suggestion from bartender at Sauce pours cola dark with strong cap. Not as bad as you’d think; not good enough to ever order again. Taste is malt & syrup. Sweet as a melted rock candy. Janice says " who knew Jamaicans made stout. Do the Irish grow weed?" Yes, I’m sure they do. And I’m also sure this gets worse as the glass gets lower.
bulldogops (1009) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 500mL from LCBO, 7.5%. Dark, black pour is always weird out of a bottle, always seem to get a wicked amount of foam. Aroma is very much cane sugar, and donut shop fryer (corn syrup?). Taste is a hint of coffee,chocolate and the roasted grain. Thick, frothy, but still quite rich in flavour. Not as bad as others have suggested.
Canmoore (191) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a typical jet black, with a tan head. The aroma is of pleasant rich chocolate malts. The taste is quite syrupy, and notes of chocolate, coffee, and chocolate syrup. Quite sweet, and taste lingers in the mouth. This is an ok stout, way to syrupy for my taste though.
lesifflebiere (979) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bien noire, elle possède un tout petit peu de mousse qui forme un mince col. Odeurs de fruits confits et de fudge. Au goût, le café se présente enfin, avec du chocolat noir en finale. Pas très prononcée en saveurs, elle cache pourtant admirablement bien son fort taux d'alcool. Pétillante, sucrée, elle prend un peu de corps en réchauffant, mais tout ça ne fait pas d'elle un grand stout pour autant. Agréable, originale, mais sans plus.
JorgeLee (1008) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from some dodgy corner shop. I had this ages ago and thought it was ok, less convinced this time. Quite a sweet syrupy stout, alcohol pronounced and a bit harsh, little bit adjuncty. Still full of flavour, just not the most rounded.
Steverus0 (120) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - JUN 29, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Syrupy and cloying, this stout is lacking the depth and character one would expect from the variety.
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