Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Coming in a short 12 FL. Oz. brown bottle, no freshness info. is provided on the beer label; served mildly chilled in GuldenDraak’s branded short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. The beer label states “Double Stout” – “Black Ale”, which I guess means to suggest that this beer follows no specific style… hence a “Black Ale”?
A: pours a pitch black colour, coming with a very thick and frothy dark khaki head with good retention, while the carbonation level looks decent, constant but mild.
S: the aroma has upfront lightly metallic elements to pair with black malts, jammy dates, sweet vanilla, chocolate-coated coffee beans, light acidity and lively overripe pear-ish fruit esters; given a good swirl, a deep yet also 3 dimensional gristy and nutty dark maltiness with a pleasant touch of sweetness chime in, along with random notes as of leather, oat, crushed hazelnut, dark-coloured honey and even (faintly) musk fragrance.
T: smoothly carbonated, the entry shows again a little metallic edge on the side of the rather deep-flavoured, silky-smooth and not-at-all heavy gristy mixture of darker malts (presumably oat has rendered the extra smooth palate over here!); black stone-fruits and hop bitterness retreat to the place of the second fiddle, showing retrained undertones of coffee, bitter herbs, damson fruits, burned nuts, and earthy hints of English hops, before the flavour ends with a subtly spicy and mildly acidic note which lingers well in the aromatically malty finish.
M&O: the mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth, rounded, not heavy at any time, the flavour profile is sound and balanced, not like one’s usual super-charged hop bomb even in the guise of a huge wizardry black robe. Have I mentioned alcohol, by the way? If not, then it is because it’s just hidden too well… All in all, this is a delicious strong stout not in one’s “Imperial” fashion in any sense, but a rather balanced and approachable one.
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Grumbo (1363) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Bristol Beer Emporium. Pours black with a purple tint, and an average sized tan colour lasting head. Aroma is a heady mix of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and treacle. Medium sweetness, quite heavy on roasted bitterness. Medium/full bodied with a slick texture. Finish is of bitter dark chocolate, dry, but with a creamy edge. Quite delicious.
hackobock (3486) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
September 25, 2015. Bottle at SBWF.
Black with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with some cocoa and coffee, light toffee sweetness, some licorice. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter. Finish is slightly dry, ashy bitterness, some cocoa, hints of coffee, sweet caramel and licorice with a light salty note. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.
jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sourced from the rot box. Deep brown pour with a tiny khaki head that quickly fades. Aroma of chocolate syrup. Kinder Bueno candies. Some toasted nut, nougat. Mellow earthy char. Flavor is nicely balanced sweet / earthy. Chocolate covered espresso beans. Umami notes - mild salt and soy. Toasted grain. Mild bitterness. Inky and oily. Full bodied. Quite nice.
GoddamnNoise (54) - Pontevedra, SPAIN - JUL 13, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma: medium intensity. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of chocolate. , liquorice.
Appearance: black color, totally opaque. Tan-light brown head made of very creamy foam made of tiny bubbles. Average head thickness. Above average retention (a medium centimeter thick layer of foam remains over the beer and doesn’t disappear). Very nice Brussels’ lace.
Taste: low-to-medium sweetness, medium bitterness, no sourness. Roasted malts, black chocolate, hints of coffee.
Palate: medium body, watery-to-oily texture, average carbonation, long dry bitter finish of dark chocolate and roasted malts with hints of coffee.
Overall: Nice appearance, Aromas and flavors of roasted malts, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, long dry bitter finish of dark chocolate.
OminouSC2 (449) - SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color. Raosted malt with coffee aromas. Taste of burnt malt, chocolate and some coffee-like bitterness. Light bitter finish. Would have liked a thicker body.
drjoeng (857) - SINGAPORE - JUN 28, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out black. 40ºSRM.
Nose has dark fruit, liniment, smoke, dark honey.
Mouthfeel is light. Palate has smoke, charcoal, oatmeal, wheat malt, flour,
Finish is carbon like. A little light on on the finish and maybe even a little plastic-like, but this may be a function more of the expiry than the actual beer.
Would love to taste a fresh one, though I can’t be sure it’ll be better.
Nisse666 (6245) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from de Molen web shop cons 2016-06-27, England-Iceland 1-2 after first period
AR: rich milk chocolate, wee mocca
AP: dark ruby, stouty sand brown thick lid
F: rich dark milk chocolate, bitter, dry, tar, carcole, after 10 min less agressive, smoother, caramel, wee vanilla
melush (2816) - SPAIN - JUN 13, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
@ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain.
A: Dark brown.
T: Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice.
beerplace (772) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2016 On tap at St. Augustine’s. Almost black, brown head. Aroma is berries, dark fruits, roasted malt. Taste is liquorice, roasted malt, berries and alcohol (heh) notes. Burnt malt aftertaste. Very good.
GothGargoyle (2354) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, hint of anise, fig. Full bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel, roasty on the palate with a long, bittersweet chocolate finish. Taste is dark chocolate, anise, roasted malts.