beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours fairly black with brown hints on the edges and a brown head. Very carmally malty aroma, and a hint of roastiness. Fairly thick mouth, and lots of sweet malty flavor, sweet molasses, and some subtle earthy type fruit, like prunes. A nice light bitter end. A slight sour character in the flavor. Alcohol warming is present, but hidden well.
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark appearance with a brownish head,roasty aroma and roasty malty flavour,but I would never guess that this was 8 %!!!!
Really nice beer,very easy drinking.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Slob. Black, thick, fluffy brown head. This has some good carbination, and as it settles the aroma of roasted caramel malts and chocolate wafs up to greet me. Thick mouth feel, and a good amount of roasted, almost burnt bittering joins in. There is the taste of dark fruit adds some complexity. This is an excellent stout, as good as the first time I tasted this.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely opaque, black with a thick, fluffy brown head that intensifies in color at the edges and fights it’s recession. Warm, almost hot aroma of smoky bacon, roast, subtle coffee, that perfect combination of strength, black malt, caramel, and sweetness. Flavor is intense. Spirited black roast, smoke, sweet caramel, bitterness, milk, it is all there. A great export-style stout and I do not know what they could do to better this beer.
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Have to start by thanking Mark Lightfoot from the International Beer shop, W. Leederville, for recommending this gem. Quite easily the best Foreign Extra Stout I have tasted, and possibly ever will!! Poured into a stumpy tulip, a large dense, light brown head formed, stuck firmly to the side of the glass, and webbed like paint down the sides. Black and completely opaque body with only a little yeast that settled out on the bottom. Intense roasted malt nose, quite sweet and treacly, with wafts of dark chocolate, molasses, coffee grains and light sherry notes (don’t know the age of the bottle). An underlying alcohol spice seemed to compliment the other aromas, and it all came together like a dark, winter pudding dessert and travelled straight through into the mouth. Big in body, lightly carbonated and smooth as silk across the tongue, it finished off with a long warming alcohol and malt swallow, that just hit all the right buttons. Flavours of burnt sweet sugars, milk and dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, plums and other dark fruits and a hint of earthy spices, seemed balanced to perfection and all in unison to complete this wonderful beer. Big in flavour, smooth and creamy and well crafted. A wonderful Stout and one I am sure to hunt down again. Lovely!!!
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black (no light shines through) with a thick light brown head - just beautiful. First you get the aroma of milk chocolate, then raisins and ends with hops and a slight whiff of alcohol. Flavor has notes of plum, raisins, roasted malt, mocha, coffee and plenty of hops. The taste has a really nice citrusy twinge on the back end. Perfectly sweet with the right amount of bitterness to balance it out. Alcohol content in the flavor is very well-hidden. Body is full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Great head retention. Really nice stuff.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
625ml bottle: Deep brown, near black body with a large mocha tan head, nice lacing, that lasts. Aroma of chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, yeast, mild roasted malt character, and light sweet fruits towards the finish. Moderate carbonation, creamy, full mouthfeel. Taste is initially milk chocolate, dark chocolate, then a slight yeast/sweet fruit/extract twang?/bitter hops, roasted coffee, bitter roasted malt, and a hint of alcohol in the nose. Finishes moderately dry with hints of dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malt, and mild earthy hops toward the end.
Gachupines (974) - USA - MAY 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice appearance, large tan head which lingers a bit but not throughout. Taste is light chocolate with a slight coffee taste as well. Easy to drink, a little sweeter than some stouts and not too strong. Would probably pick this up again if I saw it.
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - MAY 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled, brown foam w/ chocolate aroma. full bodied, it has a roasted flavor.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown w/ a creamy finger of brown foam. Sweet, malty (chocolate), fruity (plums, prunes) aroma w/ roasty notes.Thick, creamy feel. Complex, roasty flavour of burnt coffee, dark fruit, & bitter chocolate w/ some woody, port-like notes. Long, bitter finish.