JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is a bit earthy with some soft molasses and an unusual carbonic aroma, that I tend to associate with homebrewing. Strong roasty aroma but there is also a metallic character that is quite distracting. Flavour is quite coffeeish with heavy roasted barley and a long lingering earthy bitterness. It’s quite simple really, sort of an intro Imperial stout rather than a foreign stout as listed. Nowhere near as good as the Nigerian version.
TrefwoordPunk (830) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 Bottle, 33 cl. Black beer with a large brown head drunk from a coffee-cup. Smells semi-pleasantly, earthy. tastes earthy too, with a bit of smoke, bitter and a little sweetness too. Aftertaste is even better than the initial taste. A medium-lasting pleasant bitter taste. A good beer
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Luzern-07. My favourite of the Guinness line. Pours black with dark brown head. Nose is quite hoppy with roasted coffee and liquorice notes. Very full bodied and quite sweet.
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, sweet chocolate, nuts, smoke, ash, and sticky dried fruits. Taste of smoke, and sweet, chocolate, with toffee, light nuts, tobacco, and faint alcohol. Dry finish.
Svesse (6926) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Black colour with huge, firm, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with chocolate and dark rye bread. Sweetish and rather discreet. Roasted, malty taste with smooth notes of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Rather smooth and discreet but with fiery, vinous undertones. A bit different than other verisons, more smooth and chocolatey, but with an underlying powerful, fiery bite. Nice one.
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ Cambrinus in Brugse. Roasty, thick. slightly burnt flavor. Big one inch head. Full bodied, creamy, strong. Good
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - SEP 21, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, imported, Aikmans, St Andrews. Black with a big brown head. Nose is espresso and some roasted malts. Lots of dark fruit and some alcohol too. Mouth is very burnt, cinder toffee, malty, more alcohol. Finishes with alcohol at the back of the throat and some dry liquorice tones. Nice, but not as good as I was expecting.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle for €1.50 or so. Strong burnt, charred, absolutely carbonized wood aroma. Same kind of thing in the taste, kind of tastes like biting into a sausage that’s been on fire for a few minutes. Light coconut or marshmallow tastes perhaps but I’m really just digging. If this is the best they can offer to try to win over the Belgian market to stouts that is pretty sad.
janubio (528) - SPAIN - SEP 18, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured in a half pint Guinness glass. Black colour and the usual big brownish Guinness head that last until the last sip. Complex aroma of coffee, licorice, cream, butter, prunes, raisins, rum, rosted notes, spicy, nutmeg... the lot. Taste is coffee, licorice, rum, figs, rosted, nutmeg, raisins... the lot again. Alcoholic coffee flavor. Great.
TaxiDriver (1553) - Stadland, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Nr. 100. Very strong smell of malt (which has been roasted) and alcohol, sweet brown sugar, a little bit like an Irish Coffee. Pours a big creamy dark brown head in my mug, the body is as black as it gets. The first sip - don’t really want to destroy the nice head but anyway - the creamy head remains intact. Heavy bitterness and a long duration on the palate. Very creamy texture, full body and a flat carbonation.
Very good and strong stuff, it’s really a replacement for a breakfast. Should soon travel again to the Dutch border to get me another one...