ALLOVATE (2652) - 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 (1557) - 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 (1091) - 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 (1275) - 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.
guzzler67 (1570) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Totally dark appearance with a large, thick tan head and light lacing. Aroma was dark fruit and molassas. Plums, prunes, roasted malts and hints of chocolate wafers in the taste, though not overly sweet. Medium-to-full bodied, modest carbonation with a smooth, slightly bitter, long lasting finish.
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ashes and dark chocolate bathe sumptuously under the rich, compact head.
Roasted malt and bitter coffee beans bring me to admit I was expecting a much sweeter Foreign Stout. Excellent! Charred dark chocolate and lactic undertones roam in the smooth and wealthy mouthfeel, where alcohol is well-hidden and all is geared towards soothing and comforting.
A long purr.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur presque noire, pleinement opaque, couverte d’une belle mousse compacte. Arômes de fudge léger et de corn flakes sucrés saupoudrés d’une touche de cendre. Le corps est moyennement épais et la texture presque crémeuse. Le malt rôti donne une impression farineuse et passablement sucré en bouche. L’alcool est au rendez-vous, mais semble se restreindre à n’occuper que la place qui ne lui revienne. Finale légèrement métallique invoquant les tuyaux de cuivre.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Complex, sweet doughy, lightly roasty, ashy, salty aroma has notes of chocolate, brown sugar, corn and some light, leafy, vegetal tones. Opaque dark brown, almost black with some lighter brown highlights. Decent, fine-bubbled tan head recedes to a lasting cover with plenty of sudsy lacing. Chocolate, cereal, dark roasty malts and lightly salty soya sauce like flavours with a sugary finish. Dry well-attenuated medium body with moderate carbonation. Some alcohol warming but other wise alcohol is well-hidden. Bottle (trade - Nov. 2004) enjoyed with beerbuzzmontreal, MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere. Thanks, Silphium!