BeerBellyOSU (47) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Completely black with a tan head. Can definitely smell the milk sugar in this beer, and thatís about it. Almost a sour milk smell, very distinguisable, and not really pleasant. This beer tastes nothing like a stout, all I get is some caramel flavor and a watery palate.
ogivlado (7164) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled(330ml). -Deep black coloured, small dark brown head, milk chocolate nose. Light sweet roasted malty aroma with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, caramel and lactic sourness. Light dry bitter finish. It starts very sweet, then becomes bitter but also has mild milky aftertaste.
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black colour with a light brown head. Light roasted malty aroma with fruity and chocolate sweet notes. Dark fruit sweet flavor with a vague roasted note. Sweet, light dry finish.
eaglefan538 (3024) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours jet black in color, brownish colored thin head, decent lacing, weak retention. The aroma was grassy with some light roast, not easy to pick anything distinctive up. The flavor was grassy, metallic, roasted malts, licorice, some chocolate. Mouthfeel was light, acidic, a bit dry, came across lager-like, schwarzbier style-ish, imo. Not a stellar stout, but better than the usual pale lager required to pick up a new country. Malta? I didnít even know it existed or where it existed before drinking this and looking it up. Who says beer isnít educational? Why else would I have learned about Malta geography?
Braudog (6285) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Iím not sure Iíve ever had a Maltese beer. This presented as a textbook stout ... milky black with a nice foamy tan head. The aroma, however, was more reminiscent of a pale lager or European pilsner ... starchy and grainy (weird!). Likewise on the tongue ... if you blind-folded me and asked me to taste this, Iíd tag it as a lager ... like a dark golden variety ... not a stout. While it tastes good, itís not at all what I expected from a sweet stout. (#2685, 2/4/2007)
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2007
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours deep brown with red edges. Thereís some sweet malt aroma at first, but it gets overshadowed by a vegital weirdness. Flavor is a little off from what I was expecting and tastes like a bad eastern European beer. Very little carbonation, and a weird skunky character give this a bad score.
Holdwine (1163) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2007
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Maybe I got an old bottle, but this stuff was bad. Undrinkable after taking the madatory tasting sample. Watery and medicinal. Small amounts of roasted malt made an appearance and then were gone from taste. I seem to remember drinking at least drinkable beer when I was in Malta. Yuck.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Black with a tan head. Aroma was kinda grassy, some roasted malts, but was certainly milky, the lactose was a bit much. Flavor, thin and milky, some mild roasted malts, grassy hops, but really just pretty bland. Honestly about what I expected.
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown with a dark tan head. Nice lace. Bitter roast and some lactose aromas. Flavor is of roast and some chocolate. The palate is dry and a bit dusty, but tolerable. The finish is a bit sour.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2007
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wow a new stout and my first beer from Malta who knew it was their best brew too! O.k. that is about where the excitement ends. 12oz bottle pours dark brown with a big creamy tan head. Aroma well is almost non existant. There may be a touch of roasted malt but not much. Flavor is malty with roasted notes and maybe a bit of chocolate. Palate is pretty well carbonated and has a soft mouthfeel. Well if this is Maltaís best Iím pretty glad I donít live there!