ianwelby (1039) - SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black beer with a brown head. Richy, bitter malt smell. Chocolatey malt taste up front but thereís a dash of tangy, fruity hop in there to balance it a touch and some dark chocolate which comes through slowly just when I thought the flavour had petered out. Rich, tasty stout.
I_LUV_BEER (139) - - MAY 5, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served in a snifter from a 330ml bottle. Pours almost black opaque colour with a thick dark beige head which is slowly diminishing leaving nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is roasted malts, smoke, dark chocolate and molasses. Taste is ash, dark chocolate, molasses, smoked prunes, slightly sour finish. Oliy texture with soft carbonation. Extremely nice stout!
andrepintado (2612) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAY 5, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from saveur-biere.com. Color is dark. Head is medium and brown. Body is thin to medium. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter. Aroma is liquorice, caramel, chocolate, roasted.
BlackBeerPG (271) - Darien, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taste: rich toasted malt, slight fruit and spiced licorice notes with gentle hop in background. Dry toasted aroma.
Black and opaque, with a dark creamy head.
Hanoi (799) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Stunned itís not rated, itís often the only decent beer in a local shop. Nose is dark chocolate, toast, roast malt, light smoke. Taste is slightly sour, ash, chocolate, hint of blackcurrant and licorice, caramel, hint of yoghurt, prunes. Mouthfeel is oily.
Itís one of the few drinkable beers from St Jamesí Gate these days.
dchad56 (318) - - MAY 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - dark and dense with large frothy tan head. Only faint aroma - good mouthfeel, thick and silky, full of flavour with good bitter finish.
Leini (1769) - SWEDEN - APR 28, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ a local watering hole. Black body with a medium head. Roasted notes, earth, coffee.
docj123 (1) - - APR 16, 2016 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Top 10 for my favorite stouts. I love the bite that comes with it and the taste of barley. More complex than normal Guinness. I finally found it locally.
Hamirubi (547) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle at the Gentse Kano en Kajak Organisatie in Ghent (7 IV 2016). First things first. I was handed an overdue bottle, almost two years after the expiration date. I always let my beers mature past the best-before date, yet I expect a fresh beer bottle when buying one. One can imagine that this appreciation thus is rather different, opposed to a normal foreign extra stout. Letís have a go. This classic extra stout has a very smarmy, oily character. This Irish version from St. Jamesís Gate pours a thick greasy liquid, really sticking to the glass, pitchblack and with a firm brown, cassonade collar on top. Good looking for sure. The scents are infiltrated with strong smoked ham notes, full of smoky malts. The taste has lots of coffee, bitters, some caramellish and dark sugar features. Very oily, medium to strong bodied. A great malts sensation, with lots of roast, from a bitterish almost imperial stout brew. This is a perfect strong black beer!
DuffMan (9201) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2016 Bottle. Thanks to my buddy Trevor for bringing me this (and an entire box more!) from Belize. Shame I donít get the country tick though (oh well, the shitty green bottles lagers will give me that!). This pours very dark, with a lasting creamy beige head. Aroma is dark bready caramel, undertones of roast and prunes. The plate is the same, but more assertive on the roast end, with some subtle medicinal notes in there too (God knows how old this bottle is lol). Moderate roasty bitterness. Rather oily texture, with a nice full body. Better than expected!