dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - APR 5, 2005
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled. Chocolate cake aroma with some espresso notes. Chocolatey, bitter and coffeish taste. Problem is the underlying wateriness and thinbodiedness. The water flavour was too prominent. Ends rather dry. The aroma was so promising, but the body lacked. It´s a shame. Still drinkable, though.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown color with a medium light brown head. Very rich bourbon, vanilla, caramel, nut, coffee and wood aroma. The flavor was more mild, with a little coffee and smoked wood. Semi-thin feel, with a slightly dry finish.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - MAR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color...nearly opaque, with a generous light brown creamy head. The aroma was rich and complex...bourbon, wood, licorice, milk chocolate, prunes, vanilla, toffee, coffee. The flavor was very similar to the aroma...very sweet and rich. The feel was soft, not too thin...wet finish. Yummy!
5000 (6625) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black, quite opaque, medium frothy light brown head, with spotty lacing. Chocolate malt nose, seems slightly vinous. Some dark pitted fruits as well. Somewhat cardboard like up front, very minor, but detracting. Otherwise subtle chocolate malt, slightly vinous, with some dark pitted fruit and apple skin on the tongue. Body and mouthfeel are average, fairly medium. Light finish, slightly watery, with some chocolate malts and very minor dark pitted fruit. Not bad, but no Lion Stout.
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Truly black liquid. Small cover of light brown bubbles. Yes, this does smell like a foreign stout. Stewed prunes and light alcohol. Hints of roasted malt and bourbon vanilla in the background. Light airy feel. Higher alcohols hit the flavor road running leaving burning rubber on the tongue, no really, my tongue is aflame. Flavors of mild tar, hints of bourbon and dark cherries. Seems to be quite true to style. A little rough but no problem, mon.
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2005 Pours dark in color. Aroma is sweet and roasted. Oily mouthfeel. Has some almost fruity characteristics hiding underneath the roasty, oily flavors going on. Thick and rich strong roasty aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. But does hit you quickly.
madsberg (11370) - Søborg, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled: Very dark brown/black coloured. Has a medium sized light brown head. Loads of chocolate, roasted malts, some fruity in the aroma. Flavour is light chocolate, Roast, some light coffeenotes, Fruit and a light fruityness. Ends on a somewhat perfumed note. Is medium bodied and hides the alcohol well. Quite nice one.
JonMoore (2063) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost black with a slim reddish tan head. Great aroma; roasted malts, liquorice, some chocolate perhaps.
A good stout, a bit rough around the edges, up front alcohol, sweet malts, nice oily mouthfeel, which is thin to medium bodied. Quite like it.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. A gorgeous aroma which is oily, tarry and full of lightly roasted malt. There is a sweet nail varnish type smell which is really appealing. The colour is obviously black and there starts off being a large tan coloured head, but that disappears all too quickly. The taste is full bodied, sweet roasted malts, alcohol, a bit of sweet chocolate and an oiliness. I’ve yet to have a ’Foreign Stout’ I’ve not enjoyed, and this one doesn’t buck that trend.
bierkoning (12403) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very dark color, almost opague. Roasted malt and licorice in the aroma and flavor. Nice beer, but not very refined and on the sweet side for this type of stout. Refreshing.