Theydon_Bois (12707) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Patrick in Montreal for an IP trade on this one. Poured into a Meantime goblet (Mar ’12) at room temperature to a rich black colour (dark chestnut brown when held to the light) and a good fingers worth of creamy tan head which soon reduces to a small pond atop the glass.
Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts and a pinch of aniseed in the background.
Tastes of milk chocolate, roasted malts, a slight coffee flavour but all about the chocolate for me.
Great mouthfeel to this beer. Medium bodied verging on fuller bodied, surprisingly so for a 5.2% beer with a great creamy feel that really massages the throat as it goes down. Little carbonation - spot on.
An excellent stout full of flavour showcasing that beers don’t need to be 8% plus to carry this level of flavour! Also excellent at room temperature and no need to cool this one!
thewolf (11490) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, staying, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has lots of lovely chocolate, light nutty, a bit of liquorice. Medium carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of good fat chocolate, quite a solid liquorice notes. A bit of grainy coffee and cocoa. Elegant.
Lubiere (11148) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A deep dark stout with a thick moka head. A pungeant chocolate and hops aroma. In mouth, a silky light chocolaty malt, nitro pushed, overall a bit light. On tap at Brouhaha, June 20 2009.
Beerhunter111 (10462) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tiefschwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade. Geschmack röstmalzig trocken nach Kaffee, leicht würzig und herb.
Bov (10454) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from le Mondial de la Bière 2011, Strasbourg - dark black beer with a modest foam let; solid aroma of cold coffee, dark chocolate and licorice; medium-bodied and with some sweetness; a light tart bitterness and a long chocolatey and coffeeish aftertaste
daknole (10279) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Norm for this one! Dark dark brown with a light brown head. Super roasty, dry, molasses, bitter cocoa favors. Finishes very dry. Flavorful!
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Growler notes: this expertly crafted Stout juggles full flavors and drinkability with aplomb, delivering plenty of roasted coffee bean flavors and chocolate in a comfortable body made for sessioning.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the darkness.
-The bubbly yet peaceful effervescence increased drinkability, somewhat replicating the objectives of the nitrogen usually added in tap versions.
-Wooden, citrusy hops peer through the finish, which itself is mostly a continuation of the pleasant malt profile.
-This may not be the most complex Stout out there, but we do not need complexity all the time. A beautifully made pint of Stout can be just as rewarding.
-The nitroed tap version was a lot fruitier (grapes) and slightly tart throughout, not showcasing the chocolate and roasted malts all that much. Good, but not as satisfying as the version with regular carbonation.
From the growler (3.6) and on nitro tap at La Fabrique (3.4).
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the brewpub, enjoyed as part of their "compass style" degustation tasting tray. Nearly opaque with sapphire highlights and a permanent brown head. Rich roast and coffee aroma. Earthy coffee and bitter chocolate flavours, a little ash. Light acidity and a medium bitterness lift the palate at the end. Excellent dry stout.
j12601 (7859) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Vices & Versa. Pours a deep brown to black with a large dense beige head. Soft roast and cocoa on the nose, a touch of warm cereal and coffee. Medium bodied, coffee and bitter cocoa, roast. Nice and smooth. Lingering bitter cocoa on the finish.
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille de 50cl, bottled on 23 Apr. 2013.
Brune foncée, col épais café au lait.
Arôme est subtile et offre un bouquet malté très agréable qui laisse des impressions de grillé, de noisette et café le tout restant axé sur les grains.
Palais est léger mais complexe, belles notes de malts grillé et café - torréfié. Le palais est sec avec une touche subtile d’amertume des houblons laissant un citronné en fin de bouche. Palais reste modéré et consistant avec une pointe d’épaisseur de l’avoine.