Demise (57) - Wellington, - MAR 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Coffee and roast malt aromas dominate, with caramel and dark chocolate notes and a hint of alcohol on the nose. Roasted malt and coffee flavours hit immediately, moving though to the sweeter characters of caramel, dark chocolate and an almost syrupy alcohol taste. The finish is very bitter, however, with burnt malt and a smokey finish giving the beer a real kick to end. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is a bit unpleasant, with the mix of alcohol and bitter malt leaving a syrupy-burnt flavour lingering for quite some time. A lot of flavour and a smooth texture make this stout very enjoyable and surprising, the aftertaste just leaves a bad impression.
Pim_zom (3) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2015 does not count
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Export stout. Caramel zoet roast aroma, komt later pas echt goed los. Volle smaak, helaas te veel koolzuur, mooi gebrand droge nasmaak met mooi zacht Dublin water profiel!! Gebrand bittere, rozijn nasmaak van de mout, koffie
Chopper925 (312) - Gross Gerau, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Clear, pitch black color, very nice medium beige brown head. Smells fantastic, chocolate, coffee, caramel, butter scotch. Dry, astringent taste, heavy bitterness and a perceptible alcoholic taste. Caramel and bread in the aftertaste, but not as nice as the nose, anyway nice. Typical flat carbonation, nice thick texture.
Lowenbrau (2713) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, lots of occasions. A classical.
In short: roasty dry stout.
Pours quite dark with nice tan head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Roasty, licorice, coffee nose. Medium to full body, average to soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is roasty, coffee, some raisins and plums, licorice. Smooth, some dry and bitter finish. Enjoyable.
sound67 (570) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maker: St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo), Dublin, Ireland ***
Beer: Guinness Special Stout (Belgian) (bottled, 330ml) ***
Style: Imperial Stout ***
ALC.VOL.: 8.0% ***
"Special version of bottled Guinness for Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Brewed in Ireland for Anthony Martin." ***
Colour: Jet black, impenetrable, with a big, frothy beige head. ***
Nose: Roasted malts, lactose, smokey bacon(!), hints of vanilla. ***
Texture: Medium to full body, oily. Modest carbonation. ***
Taste: Roasted malts, estery notes, yeast and lactose in the beginning. Smokey bacon towards the middle. Espresso. Finish is sour coffee, citrus, yeast. After taste of caramel malts, coffee. ***
Impressions: A world apart from the usual Guinness "Original Draught", this export, Imperial Stout version has much more depth and doesnít rely on charcoal exclusively for effect. Eminently (and dangerously) drinkable at 8%.
migueledls (3) - - SEP 19, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I must admit Iím a bit biased by this one, as it was one of the first "good beers" I had, and has settled for me what a good foreign stout must be.
Roast barley aroma, chocolate, hints of coffee. Pitch black with smooth tan head. Taste of roast cereal, and pretty much like the aroma. Full bodied but not overwhelmingly so, drinkable. Thick.
One of the best around, in my humble opinion.
SkillsFactory (222) - ITALY - SEP 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Marrone molto scura, quasi nera, con riflessi caramello, schiuma beige di media persistenza.
Aroma di liquirizia, caffè, zucchero bruciato, frutti rossi.
Al palato stesse componenti, maggiormente presenti liquirizia e tostato (caffè), finale acido con frutti rossi e ricordi di cacao, forse l'alcool si percepisce troppo.
Ben carbonata, corpo medio-leggero.
tbonde (231) - DENMARK - SEP 13, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle@home in pint glass@approx 10 degrees C. Pours pitch black with massive beige head with excellent retention. Nose of bread and sweet, dark fruit. Taste roasty, bready, sugary with a little chocolate and caramel. Not quite Christmas pudding as it lacks the fruitiness. Hardly any carbonation and the beautiful head just stays on and on. Heavy, sweet inbetween a Guinnness and a porter also in the malty aftertaste. Warming, but rather dull and one-dimensional compared to the excellent porters out there.
Zakoon (322) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a thick beige head. Aroma is sweet with light roasted malt, lactose, liquorice, some coffee, caramel and bread. Flavour is sweet and light bitteer. Medium bodied and average carbonation. Finish is watery, blunt and bittersweet.
MelvinKalksma (195) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not really strong, licorice, dark fruit, roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee.
Pitch black beer with a good lasting cream coloured head.
Fresh, sweet and bitter. Everything stated in the aroma.
altonbrownd (4351) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Drank it quite warm. A sweeter version of one of my favorite all-timers. Itís dark chocolate color, not as black, and more sugary. Some of the wheat/bread flavor is less pronounced. Lovely bitter finish. Highly drinkable and most enjoyable. Only criticism would be that itís perhaps too smooth, too easy.