renffisch (890) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle @ home. pitch black colour, brown creamy head. very malty nose, very fizzy and sticky, coffee and treacle flavours with a bitter finish.
RPillsbury (115) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very rich flavour of chocolate and roasted malt with almost a burnt quality to it. It was almost too much for me but by the end I really enjoyed the smooth richness of it.
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was fizzier than I like my beer to be, but itís very tasty. It has a rich, deep, spicy, oaky taste. Not as good as Thornbridge St. Petersburg or Brewdog Riptide, but very enjoyable in its own right nevertheless.
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a foamy brown head. Aroma of burnt barley, chocolate and malt. Flavors of roasted barley, malt, coffee and soured guinness come out in this one. More depth than regular guinness, but not as nice as the foreign extra.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in Togo. Thick and sweet smelling, with almost no head. Tastes like burnt toast, sugar, prunes. Slighty odd metallic/ hoppy finish. Could be that the malts donít cover the alcohol well.
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in London, UK, imported from Ireland. Pours black with a reasonably persistent tan head. Strong aroma of cream and chocolate malt. Full on flavour of roasted malt, coffee, blackcurrant and dark fruit. Very smooth on the tongue. Coffee comes through more strongly on the finish.
greenmanalishi (519) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours near black with a thin, tan head. roasted malts, barley, raisin, expresso, treacle, ashy finish.
charcot25 (181) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a light tan head. Has a malty aroma with some coffee and chocolate notes. Also a good bit of diacetyl. Taste is similar with some dark fruits. A bit too roasty for me, though and has a an ashy finish.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - I spent some time in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone quite few years ago. Normally I would not rate a beer that I had not tasted recently, but I was going through some old pictures and found some of those days gone by. I have fond memories of FES, which was brewed in-country by the Sierra Leone Brewery. Much of the beer that I drank then was not refrigerated very well and FES held up to this fairly well. We also did not drink much beer poured into glasses. However, from what I remember, FES is a dark black pour with a creamy tan head. You had to be careful pouring it out of the bottle as it was bottle conditioned and there was a thick layer of yeast hiding on the bottom that was not too pleasant. The aroma was very strong of darkly roasted malts and coffee/espresso. Flavor matched that pretty well. This was a quite bitter beer, to the point of being astringent. The bitterness lingered as did the coffee flavor. FES was a lot stronger, but more expensive than the Star Lager, which is mostly what everyone drank. Lots of fond memories of those times and of the FES that added to the experience.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - FEB 18, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2009 Bottle (330ml). Poured black with a dense frothy, tanned head which lasted very well. Aroma was of toasted malts with new leather, horse blanket, cooking chocolate, coffee beans. Hints of hazelnuts and some smoke. Flavor was a great dry, slightly ashy bitterness with dark chocolate, roasted malts, liquorice, an intriguing barnyard/horse blanket notes and a pleasant earthy/dirty finish. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, a dry mouthfeel, slightly thick texture and a great lasting finish. Very well balanced stout with a well hidden alcohol content.