Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkest black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste of rye malts and hops, medium bitterness, medium body. Finishes with coffee and hop bitterness.
Philym (578) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Dark brown/black with cm thick tan head.
Aroma: Citrus (lemon, orange) rye, chocolate malt, bread, toast, earthy, resinous.
Taste: Medium bitterness, low/medium sweetness, low sourness and a slight saltiness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light/medium body, average carbonation, dry lingering bitter sweet, citrus, chocolate, bready, toasty finish with a slight sour and peppery twist.
Comments: Lovely and glass lace.
daje (1799) - NORWAY - MAR 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Øltorget september 3rd 2013. Black body with a medium tanned head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee beans, chocolate, grapefruit, rye. Fruity hoppy taste with roasted malt, toffee towards the end, light alcoholic. Nice bitterness with a herbal chocolate finish. Lots of taste in this one.
HonusWagner (1130) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Just kinda whatever stout nose, surprisingly high ethyl alcohol presence. Taste is kinda generic chocolatey stout with noticeable peppery note from the rye, carbonation much higher than typical for RIS creates a weird sodalike character. Not a bad beer overall, but fairly bad by RIS standards (while not being horrible).
PotjeBier (1389) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber @ home. Pitch black color, oily. Thick, dense, beige head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma’s: heavy roast, ground coffee, piney hops, a bit soy sauce, a bit red fruit, chocoladevla. Retronasal there’s heavy roast, sour fruit, piney hops. Flavor is roasted, almost sour, fruity, light sweet, light bitter. In time the sourness all but disappears to make way for more mellow sweetness and chocolate. Medium bodied. Drinks quite easily actually. Finishes with ash and roasted bitterness.
Geokkjer (5221) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a big beige head. Aroma of floral hops, chocolate, some roasted malt, some citrus,some roasted notes and floralhops. Flavor is sweet and malty with some bitterness, chocolate, some pine, citrus and caramel. Medium body, average carbonation.
Beerhunter111 (3018) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, Schokolade, Kaffee. Geschmack röstmalzig süß nach Schokolade, Kaffee, leicht alkoholisch.
jstraw (1880) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with big, flotsam, brown head, fine legs / Muted nose of dry hops, toasted grain, chocolate / Rich, full body, dry and toasty, hoppy with superb balance and bitter but smooth finish / Dusty flavors of cocoa, roast coffee, caramel, pine, citrus, plum, licorice, rye spice / Truly one of the best stouts I’ve had, but I like hoppy stouts.
Arve_Christian (2665) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika, october 2013. Black color, brownish foam. Roasted aromas, hops, malt and dried fruits : medium high aroma intensity. Medium/ full body & high complexity. Solid bitterness- good balance . Very enjoyable
jackl (3775) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig. The pour’s brown with a small head. The nose is chocolate chip cookie. Burnt wood. Smooth toffee and dark chocolate. The taste is actually pretty hoppy. Nicely earthy, plenty of dark roasted malts, dry finish. Toffee-dipped chocolate cookie. Full body, rich. Quite good.
freeofthoughts (623) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black with hint of red. Unique aroma of musty rye and roasted grains, the rye mixing interestingly with the hops. The flavor is rich and interesting. Dark roast with bittersweet chocolate and coffee tones but with an earthy peppery rye that makes the grain bill angled quite a bit towards the rye. The hops are in there but they settle into the richness of the grain, adding some spice and nice herbal balance. The sweetness of the malt overcomes and the carbonation is soft and easy. Started out strange, got really good by the end.