Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Yellow Ape Craft, Osaka. Black - offwhite head. Fresh coffee. Licorice. Chocolate. Nice malty. Roasted. Roasted dark bread. Ok hoppy. Light body. Nice drinkability.
bhensonb (12962) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors. Pours dark, but it’s ruby where the light comes through. Head is a huge 4+ finger tan - see the picture! Aroma of smooth burnt toast. Not the harsh version. Medium body with lots of frothy carbonation. Flavor is pretty hoppy over dark burnt malt - but smooth - not at all harsh. It finishes more chocolate than not. Coffee pops out after awhile.
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 26, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(500ml bottle) Small tan head atop clear red-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some coffee, chocolate, light sourness. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light earthy. Light-medium body, light stickiness.
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large bottle. Pours black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Medium roasted coffee sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium coffee bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(500ml bottle, courtesy of blutt59) Pours a dark brown body with a fizzy grayish tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, baking cocoa, toffee, and sour dough. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, grass, dough, subtle anise star, and earth. Everything blends well, yet is still kind of dull overall.
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2010
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours black with foamy tan head. Nose of barley, turpentine and grassy yeast. Taste is grass, tin can, hops, malt, stale coffee and lemongrass. I guess it is supposed to be a stout.
Drake (11156) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the 5th Annual Epic Beer Tasting in Richmond, VA, November 28, 2010. Pours nearly black with ruby highlights. Large tan frothy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malts with a sweet finish. The taste is very dry roasted malts, smoke and caramel. Very strongly carbonated. Medium bodied. Nice.
shrubber85 (9464) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light soy, chocolate-caramel malt, and straw aroma. Black with small tan head. Sweet-umami light chocolate malt and hay flavor. Body on the light side. Pleasant.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
The wooden hops which play with the flaky roastiness of this quenching Stout expose the malts’ simplicity. It remains quenching and tasty, but it cannot shine amongst others of its ilk.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the purplish black.
-Grapey esters dwell within, fittingly.
-The body isn’t thin, bot doesn’t provide enough chewing material for the style.
-This wasn’t served on nitro...and in this rare case, it might have lost something because of it.
On tap at Popeye’s.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 22, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Gassy pour, very dark brown, towering tan head. Fruity yeasty aroma with background roast, not a great start. Chocolate and roast fight it out with fruity tart yeast for dominance, all marred by something vaguely plastic. Reedy, bitter finish. Maybe I had an off bottle? I can’t believe this took a medal...