KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, a touch of sour fruits, good sweetness. Medium roasting. Reasonably sweet flavor, light bitterness, slightly sour and lactic. Rather creamy and chocolaty. Relatively mild and balanced. Medium body as well. A nice stout, but with an espresso-like sourness that is a little irritating.
highlandlad (1432) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Solid Japanese stout that ticks all the obvious boxes. Dense black with a lasting corona. Classic aroma of molten bitter chocolate and mocha. Creamy mouthfeel. At the sweeter end of the stout scale, with more choc flavours and some coffee ashiness. (Bottle courtesy of TimE at Sully’s 2007 Xmas gathering - thanks fellas)
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - JAN 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, cgarvieuk coolbeans party. Dark brown, thin beige head. Nose is full of bitter chocolate, some malt, some espresso. Mouth is chocolate, slightly lactic coating, smoky bacon, lingering. Quite good really.
cgarvieuk (15945) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home with Tom and Royce ..Thans to TIME for this....Deep black ... Good chocolate malt nose ... bit think but lots of roast malts ... good chocolate and coffee tones... could do with a bit more ...
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle due to ladddy chap cgarvie’s pier’s party shack banter. Aroma is roasty and coco malt, hints of smoked malt too. Taste is far more chocolatly, with alot oif roasty bitterness thpough balanced, alright but not me.
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JAN 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet chocolate and some roastyness with an odd vegital quality, very porterish in the nose. Drys out nicely in the mouth with some green hop action, coffee roastyness and cool deep cocoa. Finishes peculiarly bitter but in a balanced way, with grass and dark chocolate. Pleasantly weird.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Black, tan head, nose of light roast, some vegetal coffee and a caramel, maybe molasses. The flavor is sweet and creamy, nice mocha and tart coffee. Decent chocolate extract notes. Decent stout.
BuckeyeBoy (2977) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Pours out almost black topped with a small tan head. A nice aroma of roast malt and coffee. A nice light bitter end. A little sweetness and some more malt. Thanks BückDich
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 mL bottle: black body with a full and very generous, large bubbled dark pinkish-tan froth. Barky, dusty chocolate aroma with roasted cherry skins and light alcohol. Smooth, lactic palate with loads of roastiness and black currants and sweet milk chocolate truffles. A very nice and slightly complex flavour, well done! Thanks a bunch IslandHaole!
TimE (3628) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black color. Light brown head. Toffee, caramel, nuts hide under the big dark chocolate nose. Nutty sweet, malty mouth that comes across like pouring just the right amount of frangelico into cold coffee. Sweet malty finish. Nice. First stout I would say that is specifically appropriate for Christmas.