johndoughty (4807) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark and rather bland.Quite bitter for a stout but not one of Hook Nortons best.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2005 (Bottle 50 cl) Very dark with an underlying reddish tint and a nice, creamy light-brown head. Very roasted, but not smoked. A pronounced bitterness in the palate. 050804
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - MAR 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thin disappearing tan head. Nice sweet malt and chocolate aroma with creamy hints. Roasted flavor with coffee and chocolate notes. Quite full and a nice taste. Not the fullest stout, but still very nice.
imdownthepub (12812) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, pasteurised. Dark red to black beer with slight head. Toasted flavours throughout, some chicory, coffee and chocolate malt. Tongue drying though balanced with a fruity grape note. Very slightly sour at the end.
bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The colour is black with a tint of wine red. The thin lid of foam is beige.
The smell is fresh with hints of coffee, dark chocolate, and some sweet burned malt.
The carbonation is string and a bit tickly.
The taste is burned, bitter and a bit sour. I found notes of black coffee and some cream; the body was surprisingly weak for a stout. The aftertaste is rather short with dry burned notes.
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with red flashes. Aroma is coffee and sweet roasted malts. Same for the taste plus some chocolate and a sweet roasted finish. Medium bodied, drinkable and nice.
SilkTork (5521) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Jan, 2005 Bottled. Well. Having this just after Sam Smith’s Oatmeal Stout is quite a revelation. I mean this is not one of the best stouts I’ve ever had, but boy it tastes world class compared to that Sam Smith’s nonsense. Good fresh fruit and coffee and chocolate. Even though filtered, this has no boiled off flavours, and everything tastes pleasantly fresh and in order. Mmmmm. I’m enjoying this. [3.3]
Nov, 2006 Bottled. Very drinkable and pleasant. Less dry and bitter than the Guinness style, less coffee accented than some modern stouts, less sweet than stronger examples. It defines itself by why it is not, largely because it doesn’t set out to define its own place in the stout world. A quiet stout - by that I don’t mean bland or flavourless, but lacking in distinctive character. Drinkable and tasty - and that by itself is good enough for me on most days. Nice one. [3.0]
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black color with a big baige head. Sweet coffee, chocolat, light roasted aroma and chocolat light roasted taste. Medium body and a sweet roasted finish.
Pouler (10) - Århus V, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost black, with a small fast disappearing head. Strong coffee aroma. Some chocolate too. Nice sweet taste -again coffee and hints of chocolate. Long bitter finish. Oily mouthfeel. A really pleasant beer.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Black with a flash of ruby, washy cream halo of head. Real bite to it, rough burnt toast edge, slight oliy palate. Sweet finish lingers with a creamy coffee aftertaste. Good stuff.