tomekk1978 (418) - POLAND - MAR 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Barwa: czarna jak smoła, piana brązowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, bardzo szybko zanikająca. Gęste i oleiste.
Aromat: alkohol, kwaskowość z ciemnych słodów oraz czekolada gorzka.
Smak: słodycz z goryczkową kontrą. Na początku lekka kwaskowość, potem czekolada gorzka i kawa oraz rozgrzewająca alkoholowa końcówka.
Miałe duże oczekiwania wobec tego piwa i postanowiłem nim uczcić 2 złoty medal dla Polski na Igrzyskach w Soczi. Niestety zbyt wytrawna końcówka powoduje, ż enie można się nim cieszyć na równie z podobnymi RIS-ami tej klasy. Także wysoka cena nieco obniża ogólną ocenę.
stoutnick (448) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Yonkers, NY. Thicker, richer and darker than B.O.R.I.S. Aroma is dark malt and a mild roast component. Taste is the same; coats palate thickly and feels like dark syrup. Ruins palate. Does have a mild yet strange vegetative flavour which is subtly odd. But I also get some vanilla in the mix as well. Like it, but is probably just a touch less desirable than her younger brother.
tmzl (82) - SLOVENIA - MAR 12, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Look: Syrupy pour with small, very thick, creamy and dark, chocolaty head. Has relatively fast, but smooth retention, leaves a very thick, thin layer that mostly diminishes over time - very little lacing (but good, fine when the layer was still present) as a consequence. Haven’t seen many as dark as this one, pitch black with brown hue.
Smell: Wonderful, the first thing I’ve noticed is the freshness from fruity/herbal hops and light dark wood berries sourness. Amounts of hops detected are surprising. The berries are accompanied by black currant, dry raisins and figs. All this makes a very fresh feeling. Then there is the deep roast, chocolate is dominant (mix of milk and dark) and mocha. A strong sweet backbone. Smell is full and fat but not stuffy - good counterbalance is made with fresh hops and berry esters. Also some faint alcohol crawls out when the beer warms up.
Taste: Pleasant medium sweetness with strong milk chocolate and mocha notes, that goes into even stronger dark roasted dynamics that end up in the medium-high bitterness. The bitter part starts with roast, chocolate notes and at the end goes dark roasted coffee, burned toast with light to medium hops to keep the harmony going - these make up a pleasant after-taste. In between there are still present light dark berry and currant sour notes with some dry fruits lingering on your lips. Strong hops come back every time you burp. Hint of alcohol present towards the end.
Mouthfeel: Full medium-heavy body, creamy enough, but not the fattest stout out there. Low-medium carbonation, suiting. Very light warming from the alcohol.
Overall: A massive one, good counterbalance with hops to the big dark malt character full of deep roast. Can’t wait to get my hands on the barrel-aged one.
Aaron68 (542) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
350 ml on tap @ "Schouskjelleren". March 06, 2014
Beer from a shaker glass.
Black in color with a thick creamy brown head and medium to low carbonation.
Aroma is roasted malt,coffee,vanilla,molasses and some dark fruits.
Tastes a bit sweet and malty with a nice and lasting bitter finish.
A creamy sweet "coffee drink" with nice foamy curtains.
Dfonorow (1337) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, 2011. Pour is deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of oatmeal, nuts, and chocolate. Flavor is similar with some dark fruits and booze thrown in. A bit flat and metallic, I think this bottle was past its prime.
dmacdonald225 (9) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown almost black. Little to no head. Slight vanilla over coffee aroma. Very chewy, oily mouthfeel. Sweet vanilla flavor up front, coffee finish that lingers longer than normal. Excellent.
tom10101 (2640) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22 oz). Thanks to Paul for this one! Pitch black with a small and thick dark reddish brown head, little lacing. Aroma if of fudge, roasted malt, molasses and dark fruits. Taste is moderately sweet with fudge, molasses, roasted malt, dark fruit and a warming alcohol finish. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Oily/sticky mouthfeel. Well balanced. Complex, but not as much as the best of the style. Not as good as Boris and Boris variants. Still a good RIS.
Beerhunter111 (6868) - Hasborn, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
thomat (1990) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Haket Pub. Dark brown with no head. Malty and fruity tones. malt, fruit, chocolate and bitterness. Full body with a long balanced finish.
TET (1565) - FINLAND - FEB 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A black beer with a medium and brown head .The nose is intensive and complex, liquirice, roastiness, chocolate, sweet berries and nuts. Taste is powerfull, salt liquirice, coffee, roastiness, nuts and balanced sweetness. The end is long with roasted coffee. Full bodied, smooth not sticky. Great beer, pure enjoyment.