ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 12/25/2012. 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark red color with nice opacity. The head is a huge, foaming three finger khaki color that descends to one finger after a while. Plenty of lacing is left behind, as well.
S: Big, massive, hugely sweet chocolate. Some dark fruits, as well. Actually, come to think about it, there’s a minor whiff of sour cherries - infection, perhaps? We shall see. I still enjoy the aroma greatly, but that foamy head should have been a giveaway.
T: The flavor takes on more of a roasted barley and coffee bean tone, especially at first, while waves of chocolaty sweet and - unfortunately - tart cherries seemingly via an onsetting infection. After a while, the tartness takes center stage. Some herbal hop flavors also try to pop up in the finish, as well. So what we have here is a lightly soured stout, and it kind of works. Not perfectly by any means, but there’s enough sweetness here to keep it in check.
M: Quite light in its loafers with wimpy carbonation. There’s actually an esophageal burn and a bit of stomach turning which completely tanks the mouthfeel score for me. On the palate proper, it’s not particularly dry, but nicely bittersweet’n’sour; whatever the blue hell that’s supposed to mean.
O: Infected - it just has to be. But thank Odin it’s a minor infection that actually gives it a pleasant twist, instead of twisting my mouth sideways and dissolving my tongue. This clearly isn’t the final product as it’s intended to be - thankfully I have a penchant for a good Flemish-style ale along side my stout tooth, so I still think it’s quite okay.
If you’re bottle has "123881841" on it, just be wary.
SG111 (114) - - SEP 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
canned. Pours a dark black. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. Lots of coffee. Flavor is similar. Big coffee notes and dark chocolate sweetness. Mouthfeel is similar to a porter but more substantial. Dry finish. Quite nice for a foreign stout.
gripweed57 (680) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Dark brown color topped by a rocky beige head. Nice clinging lace. Rich sweet roasted malt aroma. Notes of prunes and roasted nuts. Flavor is dried dark fruit and mocha. Big roasted malt character. Resin hops come through in mid taste. Finish is complex and spicy with a rich cloying aftertaste. The big malty flavor hides the 8.8% ABV nicely. Very good.
Ngejo (245) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - SEP 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & abrupt finish.
mstrcrwly (276) - New York, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap poured into snifter..opaque pour with nice tan head..aroma of coffee,chocolate,roasted nuts..dry,malty taste..very good.
stevoj (2154) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is sweet and chocolaty, body black and oily. More chocolate in the taste, with very mild coffee bitterness. Sweet and slick, goes down easily. Some very mild lingering bittersweet flavor. Worthy of its reputation.
melush (660) - SPAIN - AUG 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en Aeon Mall Nagoya Dome Mae en Nagoya, Japon. Color marron oscuro. Sabor a malta tostada, chocolate, ligeramente a cafe.
bubblehouse (382) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful looking beer with a nice aroma. Good flavor with a distinct stout flavor. Good.
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - AUG 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Classic foreign stout brewed at an altitude of 3500 metres, apparently. Thin beige head, nearly black colour. Complex fruity sweetness and caramels, bit chocolatey, with a gentle roasted bitterness in the end; thin but soft mouthfeel. Elegant and ’friendly’ stout.
Clarkdvm (118) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Florida. Roasted mocha stout. Didn’t taste that high abv. Bit sugary for stout, good but not great.
martin00sr (636) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vlack with la ing tan head. Nice roasted aroma, fruity coffe and chocolate notes. Flavour is similar with a light malty bitterness well balanced with sweetness. Good one.