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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drjoeng (701) - 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 (5979) - 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 (2576) - 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 (459) - 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 (2300) - 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.
humlelala (1282) - DENMARK - MAY 16, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(35 cl bottle courtesy of Tsekouratos, cheers! BBD: July 16th 2016) Poured at fridge temperature (meter says 15 degrees at the surface) into a stemmed burgundy glass reveals a pitch black body with two fingers of tan head that subside after about a minute leaving film and some nice lace. Aroma is of course roasted malt but it does have something a bit unorthodox to it, which might well be earthy notes from the Target hops and fruity esters mentioned in the description. In the mouth the beer strikes you as having an oily texture with a medium body, a soft carbonation and a protracted bitter, roasted finish. As regards the flavour sweetness is not pronounced and seem to be playing a balancing second fiddle to the roastedness and hoppiness of the beer, which are themselves moderated. Alcohol is quite upfront. Decent and drinkable.
tricksta_p (3155) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Aroma is heavily roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, touch of liquorice and some hops. Flavour is medium sweet with a roasty bitter finish. Body is a bit above medium. Nicely roasty dark chocolate Imperial Stout.
kapusil (1093) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 11, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.355l bottle. Pitch black body, light brown head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some reisins. Taste of chocolate, coffee, floral hops and some plums. Quite bitter. Both because of the hops and the roasted malts. Very nice.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark body. Aromas of bitter chocolate/espresso. Full flavored chocolate/coffee with a bite.
Werckmeister (1837) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,355l bottle at home. BB 03.09.2016. black color, small dark coffee-colored head. smells lightly sour, coffee, bitter chocolate, earthy, lactic, licorice, light vanilla, marzipan, toffee. nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of milk chocolate, coffee, light vanilla, light roast, light sour, lactic, marzipan. finishes lightly roasted and creamy with notes of vanilla and some milk chocolate. very good one, great balance.