FatPhil (13051) - Tallinn, - NOV 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle (K Kamppi)
7 Lovely chocolatey and spicy aroma.
5 Jet black, lovely tight beige head.
6 Burnt and sharp retronasals, quite estery. Taste quite simple, mostly burntness dominated, and a bitterness that seems to be due to that burntness. However, it’s not thin on the malty body, and there are clearly some hops contributing too.
4 Smooth palate, crisp carbonation. The finish improves on the taste - here the hops come back out again. Whilst in the mouth they’re dominated by the burntness, where they can form vapours they themselves shine, so we have the aroma back again, with some lovely citrussy hops.
13 This is no jaw-dropper, but it’s certainly a very good stout. For a pasteurised bottle, it’s very good indeed. Right up there with Entire Stout, perhaps.
Perpignan73 (6) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2016 does not count
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2016 500ml bottle, chilled, poured into a pint glass. Aroma of bread, roasty, slight smokiness with a hint something sweet maybe raisin or dark berry. Minimal, lasting off white head, clear, looks pitch black, but dark red brown on close inspection. Sweet taste. Light body, thin with high carbonation. Interesting, if not overly complex finish maybe hint of chocolate which disapates to a dry bitterness.
MarcinG (380) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ciemna barwa z palona piana w smaku czuc palony chmiel i czekolade ale rowniez lekko metaliczny posmak. Dobre
mR_fr0g (8283) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at Leighton’s place. 25/08/2015. From ASDA. Chestnut brown coloured pour with reddy hues with a big frothy cream head. Aroma is nut roast, oyster salty notes, black malt, malt extract. Some meaty notes. Flavour is composed of drying black malts, dried malt extract, raisin, nutty and some dried fruits. Palate is highish carbonation, low body, watery. Ok, not much to it.
Hanoi (786) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nose is dark malts, bread and a lot of treacle. Taste is treacle, dark malts, red berry, hint of chocolate in the finish. Slight off sour note. Mouthfeel is thin.
It’s a serviceable supermarket stout.
The_Osprey (5545) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Leighton’s, thanks to Fergus. 4.5% BB Nov 2016. Very very dark red, pretty much black, small foamy off-white head, light lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet toffee, treacle, malts and burnt coffee. Body is light, tingly carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is very simple, demerara, dark biscuits, touch of cranberry. A bit watery for my liking, but fine.
Scopey (11759) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to Fergus. It pours clear deep brown with a decent off - white head. The nose is toasty, earthy roast, mild berry sweetness, touch of plastic and light spice. The taste is bitter, toasty, watery, weak roast, pepper, light ashy charred character and a touch of astringency with a dry, numbing finish. Light - medium body and fine carbonation. A bit weak and washy-washy. So-so.
Leighton (17770) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to Fergus. Pours clear ruby-brown with a frothy tan head. The nose has toasty bread, light perfume, dried berries. Light sweet flavor with dried fruits, figs, berries, bread, faint toffee. Light bodied with fine carbonation and velvety texture. Moderately sweet on the finish, with more toasty bread, ripe and dried berries, faint roast. Perfectly drinkable, but very basic.
hohops (729) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Appearance is nearly black, with a one finger off white head which disappears quickly. Aroma- malty, roast hints, some dark fruit, chocolate. Roasty chocolatey taste, smooth mouthfeel, hints of chocolate, some caramel in the finish. Ok stout.
redders1974 (799) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nothing really wrong with this slight coffee smell could do with beefing up the abv quite watery and easily drunk/forgotten
Best drunk: as a midweek cheeky bottle in October
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On cask at Moo Bar, Penrith. Pours black with light tan head. Quite thin palate, some coffee bitterness. Easy drinking, OK.