Brewed by Desnoes and Geddes (Diageo PLC)
Style: Foreign Stout
Kingston, Jamaica


on tap

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RATINGS: 728   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Ingredients: Black malt; corn syrup; caramel malt; and hop extract. Priming sugar used when bottling.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cattaneopapa (218) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
300ml bottle from LCBO, Parkway Mall, Scarborough, ON. 7.5 alc. / vol. Pours an opaque dark brown colour with one finger of tanned head. Flavour is much better than the aroma. Notes of coffee and peaches with a metallic finish. Moderate carbonation. Aroma of rusty iron.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11126) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle split at GBBF ’14, day 1, 12/08/14. Extremely dark mahogany brown with moderate tan edgeing. Nose is earthy roast, cocoa powder, brown bread, dark druit. Taste comprises light roast, cocoa, bitter chocolate, grain, toffee, dark malt. Medium bodied, moderate carboantion, semi drying close. Ok stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanoi (534) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 25, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1439) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (1986) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (9433) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (4745) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 14, 2014
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - AUG 8, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8246) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2014
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.

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