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RATINGS: 1539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with a satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops in the boil adds a pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance the overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex – Double Stout.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drjoeng (701) - SINGAPORE - JUN 28, 2016
8.8%ABV. Stout 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (5979) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2016
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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
melush (2576) - SPAIN - JUN 13, 2016
Bottle 35,5cl. @ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain. A: Dark brown. T: Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (459) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 5, 2016
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (2300) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2016
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
humlelala (1282) - DENMARK - MAY 16, 2016
(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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (3155) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2016
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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusil (1093) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 11, 2016
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Deep dark body. Aromas of bitter chocolate/espresso. Full flavored chocolate/coffee with a bite.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Werckmeister (1837) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - APR 22, 2016
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.


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