oh6gdx (20218) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (thanks omhper!). Rather close to pitch black colour, mediumsized brown head, that leaves a thick nice lace on the beer glass. Aroma is roasted malts, some slight smoke, oatmeal and mild saltyness. Flavour is roasted malts, some toasted notes, toffee, dark fruityness, coffee and some mild "seaweedlike" notes. A rather pleasantly balanced stout with some slight bitterness as well.
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ O’Neill’s Dublin. Mostly black with red tint at the bottom. Rich aroma is fudge and espresso. Soft palate with low carbonation. Rich and chocolatey but not so roasty. Then there is a lingering toasty finish that is excellent. Hints of black licorice, but only very subtle, in the beginning. Very nice drinkable body is also full bodied at the same time.
Deu (681) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2013 I tried it on cask at Bull & Castle. Black with a thin ale like head, looks more like a porter than a stout. Really bitter. Will try it again in bottle. Y
Update : I tried it again on bottle. It’s a lot better. Less bitter. Rating updated
culchiem (2408) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with a thin ale like head, looks more like a porter than
a stout. Lots of roast in thar aroma. Flavour of roast barley. Texture is thin and finish is very, very dry. Lacks the creaminess you expect from an Irish stout. Decent effort but a bit lacking.
garthicus (2655) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at Bull & Castle. Appearance: pitch black, thick brown head. Aroma: Coffee, leather, dark chocolate and yeast. Flavour: quite mild coffee, bran, a little dark chocolate, roast chestnut, tea with a long bitter finish. Enjoyable and a joy to have on cask.
omhper (19194) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, from Bull and Castle, Dublin. Very dark brown, creamy beige head. Heavily roasty with tar and chocolate. Dry and dense, concentrated coffee flavour. Salty bitter finish. Feels more potent then you’d expect a 4.3% beer, and more alive and multi facetted than the more available Irish stouts.
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 13, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dungarvan brewery is proof of the genuine improvement in Irish brewing. Things are getting better. Big aroma for its style, roasted notes, especially chocolate, and a biscuity quality. The flavour is dry (as it should be) with chocolate and coffee, a trace of vanilla and a gentle tartness. A very decent beer