Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, - NOV 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As dark as sin with a lively caramel head that left excellent lace behind in the glass. I’m intrigued to find resinous Pacific NW hop aroma rather than bold caramel and chocolate. The more I think of it, the more I like that the status quo is being pushed, but we’ll see if this translate to a rating typical of those preceding this one. Flavours initially of darker malts, burnt grain and sprucy hops. Does it go well together? I don’t think it doesn’t. It doesn’t adopt the Epic philosophy of grasping your tastebuds and giving your head a bloody good rattle but I think the combination works rather well. There’s balance and subtlety (and I hope this doesn’t make Luke Nicholas’ head explode for my writing it). I’m getting ripe apricots, spruce and bitterness along with dark chocolate and cocoa and it isn’t unwelcome on my palate. The flavour is lasting and brings out the sprucy hops toward the finish.
I would ask why this hasn’t been done in greater measure before or are we all a little bit precious about what stout should be? This stout is silky and not shy on flavour, so what is the problem?
SHIG (4380) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 6, 2016
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to my wife stephrocks: Poured a dark brown with tan head. Aroma is sweet malty. Taste is rugged metallic malt.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ebony pour with a dark cinnamon-colored head. Deep, rich, chocolate-covered coffee bean accompanied by molasses, ash, and vanilla. Quite complex, particularly given the lower than traditional ABV. These guys know beer, and this is a beer I’m glad I’ve gotten to know!
Nisse666 (5889) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Haket cons 2015-07-10 Göteborg
AR: black peppery, dark bitter choclate, liqurice
AP: black, stouty dark brown lid
F: roasted malt, dry, pine, dry, vanilla
thomat (3067) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Haket Pub. Very dark brown with a small brown head. Malty and fruity tones. Malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and hops. Medium to full body with a nice balanced finish.
_angst_ (4289) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared @ Haket during RBScSG. Pours hazy blackish dark brown with a small mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty with roasted malts, dark bread, caramel, Nescafé, cocoa powder, liquorice and moist soil. Taste is tiny sweet, bitter, roasty and malty. Mouthfeel is soft, round, astringent, watery and medium bodied. Finish is bitter with roasted malts, burnt caramel, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate and moist soil. Solid stout... Bit thin...
rlgk (16886) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Haket, Göteborg. Opaque black beer with a nice beige/brownish head. Hoppy roasted chocolate aroma, licorice, cocoa, grassy, caramel, tar, smoked notes, hazelnuts, cocoa notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, licorice, figs, hay, tar, floral, cocoa, coffee notes. Quite nice.
jjgmd (1924) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
With Z, pours a dark black pour. Nose is chocolate with deep malt. Taste is chooclate, burnt malt and smoke. Finish is burnt malt and charcoal as well with some bitter hoppiness. Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1857) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a brown head and aroma of roasted malt and dark fruits. Taste is of roasted malt, smokey, burnt notes, and dark fruits leading to a roasty finish
boozedude (2226) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber from hyvee, shared with 98 n lamont...club w. pitch black pour with brown head, raisen chocolate aroma, taste is coffe chocolate, chalk, good shit!
marcus (8685) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Berkeley Bowl. Pours dark brown with a modest tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a chocolate and celery flavor with a dry bitter finish.