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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VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
600 ml bottle. Pours an orange-tinted black with a resilient beige head. Aroma is roast, chocolate. Flavor is roast, dark chocolate, roasted caramel, some oatmeal? Finish is coffee bitterness, lingering black coffee flavor. Medium to full body, somewhat velvety mouthfeel, weak carbonation.
andysando (1) - SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick tan head. Dark chocolate and roasted notes on the nose. Taste is sweet and complex of chocolate, liquorice, coffee, roasted malts. Love it!
johnnymusky (220) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is black with thick creamy head...nose is malt coffee and berries....taste is sweet.....taste is smoke chocolate and a little malt...very tasty beer from green flash.
Pyrmir (3322) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle at Mogwai. Black with large tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, booze, dried fruit, and vinous notes. Taste is full and sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, some fruit and booze
Berard (295) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 19, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Pours black with thick creme colored head that lingers. Sweet chocolate coffee aroma over mild carbonation. Thick and chewy. Chocolatey but a bit metalic?
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davey101 (684) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 07/02/2012. Pours a pitch black with a finger of khaki foam. Nose is roast, chalky chocolate, vanilla nougat, and anise. Taste is chocolate, light oxidized pennies, roast and some licorice. Thick mouth feel. Pretty solid stout.
tightslice (175) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Whole Foods in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is licorice, teriyaki beef jerky, molasses. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, caramalized onions, peppered steak. Chewy... Beefy... Rich... AND Hoppy (of course coming from Green Flash). This is a thick boy’s thick boy.
MarcoDL (2144) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good strong stout beer. Robust body of roasted malt, with a smooth taste of coffee and bitter cacao. That’s how it’s done.
Zymurgeist2 (988) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Aromas of strong chocolate and roasted malt. Opaque with a full brown head that slowly fades. Oily, viscous. Taste is dark fruit, chocolate sludge. Moderate high bitterness with a dry finish. Moderate carbonation.
ljthiessen (358) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice creamy texture, chocolate and subtle coffee notes. A solid imperial stout.