ClubGonzo (4521) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, near-black body with a big, beige head. Nice. Aroma is chocolate-infused dark fruits and hints of coffee. Taste is coffee and toffee flavors, with hints of soy, coconut, berries and dark chocolate. Rich. Complex and well-made, this is a balanced stout with a lot of "new school" American stout flavors. Delicious.
WisconsinBeer (715) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I don’t see any light coming through, so we’ll call it black. Tan colored espresso foam head with a light lacing trailing down the glass. Aroma of brown sugar, almond, vanilla, and alcohol. Flavor is medium roast, milk chocolate, vanilla, oatmeal, a bit of nutiness, and a fresh ripe fruitiness. Medium to full bodied with a lively carbonation and silky smooth texture. Finishes with notes of pepper, a nice wallop of resinous Euro hops, and a mild alcohol warmth on the back of the throat. No complaints here.
Rune (8929) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Motor oil pour revealing a devil-black body. Disappearing brownish head. Spiced dark malts to the nose. Dark grainy malts in flavour nicely married with leafy hops. Warmth from the alcohol. Balanced and well bodied. Just the right drink to finish off a solid drinking week in Sheffield and London. Bottle 6 oz, shared with Finn at Cask Pub & Kitchen, London 5 Oct 10.
Finn (4642) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Flaske 6 oz på Cask Pub & Kitchen, Pimlico 5 Okt 10. Svart med et lite, lysebrut skum. Lakris & kaffe i aromaen. Oljeaktig konsistens. Litt mye kullsyre. Smaken svakt syrlig med innslag av lakris. En god stout.
Sigmund (5569) - Tau, NORWAY - OCT 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.8%. Pitch black colour, big brown head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Rich malty flavour with roasty notes, strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate, maybe a hint of liquorice too. Bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.
RichardW (1656) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2010
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, beermerchants.com. Pours beautifully treacle like, thick and black, with a deep tan head. Gorgeous chocolate flavour, hops play their part and give a great bitterness in the aftertaste. Flavours of cherry, blackcurrant, coffee and treacle come in, this is possibly the best stout I have had - so much flavour - a whopper of a beer and, for me, the stout equivalent of Bear Republic Racer 5.
daleharshman (968) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle purchased 16 months ago. Pours pitch black with a finger and a half of lovely mocha brown foam. Aroma of big smoky roasted malts, bacon, leather, and lighter notes of chocolate. Flavor is rich roasted malts with a hint of sweetness, creamy chocolate, some dark fruity flavors, and a hint of smoke/ash (but not as much as the nose would imply). Finish is very smooth while being lightly sweet and lightly roasty-bitter. Nicely balanced with well-hidden alcohol. Did the aging bring out the more smoky elements in the nose and taste? I don’t know, but this is a really excellent stout. (453, 407)
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught @ Ballantine, Willoughby, OH
Wonderful roasted and chocolate aroma. Beatiful jet black color with dark tan foamy head. Tasting this beer completed the trifecta. Wonderful melange of chocolate, malt and hop flavors. Delicious and highly recommended.
abemorsten (3080) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - OCT 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared bottle courtesy of Gunnar. Finger thick brown head on a black body. Chocolate sauce, coffee, cappuccino on the nose. In the mouth a complex of coffee, chocolate and dark dried fruits with cellar and roasted notes. Sweetness and bitterness is well balanced. Full bodied. Smooth. An absolute delight.
(My rating number 500)
Getbetter (942) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a bottle,Black in color,brown head,Chocolate,light coffee flavor,thick body,Sticky texture.Great Stout.