Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, - FEB 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sludgey medium brown pour, relatively pale for a beer whose aromatic rang mostly focuses on roast. Coffee beans, smooth, dry, gently powdery dominate the landscape in which a soft toastiness bears limited sweetness to it, but ventures into roasted nuts and subdued caramel nuances. Little fruitiness involved here, we’re remaining focused on cereals and various degrees of roastiness. Fairly tasty in the genre, having a smooth creaminess that may remind of a chocolate milk shake with a vanilla twist - yet again, the roast and engaging carbonation attenuate any sweet notions nicely, making for a very drinkable dessert if you will. The alcohol is nowhere to be found despite the mouthfeel letting one expect a stronger brew. Round and filling texture without the frequent Haandbryggeriet extravagant carbonation. Good stuff, not really out of the beaten path, but feeling unique in the coimbination of little off-road detours it takes to go there.
ignorant (102) - madrid, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
opaque black color, with a thin layer of beige, creamy foam and good retention. In cafetoso nose gives off an aroma, roasted notes, hints of cocoa, chocolate and smoky notes. In the mouth is bitter, hints of coffee, roasted coffee, cake, vanilla and cocoa, medium body, medium carbonation and lasting bitter end and are appreciated
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle split at Kenny 20K, thanks to the Kernel Rote box, 15/01/16.
Light black with a decent tan covering that dissipates to edgeing.
Nose is coffee grinds, spice, chocolate, light spice, dark malts.
Taste comprises chocolate cake, coffee, spice, dark malt, brown sugar, sweet tones.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the Kenny 20K mega monster tasting. 15/01/2016. Thanks to the Kernel Rotbox! Clear mahogany brown coloured pour with a small fading off white HEAD. Aroma is tart berry, brown bread, vanilla, oak. Smoked. Flavour is composed of nutty malts, brown bread, some coconut. Palate is drying coconut, papery, highish carbonation.
The_Osprey (6596) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share at Chriso’s for Kenny’s 20K. Thanks! As ’HaandBryggeriet Costa Rica’, bottled April 2012 at 6.5%. Black with a small foamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, redcurrant, some coffee. Body is smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is coffee, bourbon biscuit, soft semisweet finish with a touch of ash. Pretty good for a beer that isn’t meant to be aged for the best part of 4 years!
teorn88 (6734) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle shared at Kenny’s 20K celebrations @Chriso’s, thanks to the Kernel Rotbox. It pours a clean dark brown color with a minimal tan head. Aroma is lightly sweet and tangy with medium vegetable spice notes and elderflower. Taste is also medium sweet with some more drying vegetable elderflower notes. Medium bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, ok
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the Kernel Rotbox, consumed at Kenny’s 20K. It pours darkest brown with a small light tan head. The nose is toasty, bitter sweet, earthy roast, big coffee character and mild acidity. The taste is earthy, some bitterness, toasty grain, chewy malt, coffee grounds, burnt toffee and some underlying sweetness with a dry, woody finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty alright.
thornecb (5539) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into an English pint. Mocha micro head with excellent retention top hats and recedes leaving gloppy sheets. Dark chocolate, espresso and soy aromas. Dark chocolate and soy upfront turning to licorice before the lasting sweet mocha finish.
superspak (4748) - Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toast, brown bread, light nuttiness, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; with a great roasted bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice coffee porter. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and coffee flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Retired? .... Oh, bottled on April 18, 2012??? ... That’s 3.5 years ago and this only made it to my local bottle shops shelves this week. Hahaha.... Pours a thin brownish white head, low carbonation and black opaque body. Nose of coffe, vanilla and red wine. Very tasty... Sweet cocoa powder, roasted malts and a lasting vanilla soda finish. Good.
AgentAle (1542) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is intense deep rich malts. Licorice, chocolate, mocha, vanilla, raisin, fig an earthiness and light fragrant hops. Taste is a rich malts with an almost chewy mouthfeel. Caramel, toffee, and sweet roasty malts and molasses. Deep until the end with a light subtle bitterness on the tip. Appearance is a very dark amber with a thin light brown head that retains fairly well.