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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dalfaro86 (235) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUL 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black brew with a medium beige head with regular retention, aroma is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with caramel, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol and coffe, medium to robust bodied, flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a bittersweet finish,
PawelD (127) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 7, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Piwo butelkowe. Uderzający aromat karmelu, mlecznych krówek, kawy latte. Kolor nieprzejrzyście czarny, piana beżowa, elegancko zdobi szkło. W smaku bardzo pełne, aksamitnie gładkie, można wyczuć smak słodzonej kawy, krówek, przypalonego spodu od ciasta, toffi, lekki miód. Wysycenie niskie, alkohol bardzo ładnie przykryty całą gamą smaków i aromatów, przyjemna gorycz na finiszu, naprawdę wybitnie dobry stout.
CH-303 (1359) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Bottled 16/4-2013. Dark brown, nice amount of dark, creamy tan head.
Aroma: Roasted, dark malt, coffee.
Taste: Very dark malts, coffee, roasted, tar. Slight smoke.
Bought: Erzbierschof, 355 ml, CHF 5.40
saintjulien (86) - - JUN 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
coffee, roasty, blue cheese, black, brown foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, full body, oily feel, average carbonation, long finish, bitter
ryanscourt (662) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rounding out the in home flight. Overall enjoyed the beers and this one is a good representation of the brewery. Strong hop flavor. Strong malts. Dry and unilateral. Enjoyable but not overly exciting.
Beer4000 (4395) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle. Black body with a medium sized, dense beige head. Nice aroma of dark malt, slightly roasted and mocha. Flavor is super smooth, dark, mild roasted malt. Dark chocolate, mocha, hint of coffee and good balanced bitterness. Fine body with a long and smooth aftertaste. So nice, so nice.
elloboksi (6) - FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Good aroma, nice stinging smell. A pit black appearance. Feeling on tongue and mouth is great like creamy. I liked the taste.
miquelcrush (1073) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.
Tsekouratos (184) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - JUN 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle at The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Pitch black color with a thin brown head. Aromas of chocolate, some roasted coffee and maybe some alcohol. Taste is really sweet, with chocolate, coffee, resins, maybe some plums, some liquorice. Sweet aftertaste, long and sticky. Full body with low carbonation.
MaltOne (199) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours espresso, opaque black, with thick cappuccino head. Roasty grain aroma. Flavors of dark toast. Unctuous palate. Big, robust, and finessed. Very nice.