ThisWangsChung (448) - 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.
artyom (217) - Osijek, CROATIA - MAY 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
0,33l bottle. Black color with beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Very tasty beer, I recommend it.
SarkyNorthener (604) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Stirchley wines. Black beer with small beige head. Aroma of chocolate with a touch of roasted coffee. Taste is chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and a touch of licorice. Medium bodied. What a surprise this is. Great FES.
kiwianer (2309) - Mönchengladbach, GERMANY - MAY 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The head is robust and brown, the body black. it smells roasty, sweet, alcoholic, balanced, plum and intensive. The taste is roasty, maltaromatic, full bodied, roastaromatic, warming and alcoolic. Good beer from Sri Lanka! 14/12/12/13/15/13.
Block (1039) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, and a bit of coffee. Very smooth. Light alcohol which doesn’t come through at all.
jlocolorado (5) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 30, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
It is like dinner in a bottle. Excellent complex flavor caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, toast, herbs, earthy, smoke, woody, my favorite.
beerbaaron (377) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown black. Large frothy brown head, some lasting. Malty, roasty, chocolate, slightly burnt aroma. Light side of medium body, somewhat thin, roasty, sweet. Short to medium finish. Very drinkable, especially for the ABV. It does have a little something about it.
MarinEvelyn (130) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
light malt, roasty aroma. slight coffee
smooth vanilla coffee taste, slight bitter finish which dissipates quickly.
Concealer (145) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells like dark fruit, smoke, alcohol, a little coffee ans chocolate. Tastes like berries, smoke, and finishes with a mocha chocolate deliciousness. So very good. It is a black color, tan cherry head.
JamesChamp (108) - Oakville, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoyed this beer. I am generally not a big fan of the higher percent vol. alcohol stouts. But this one i enjoyed, was not over powering lots of taste, very good beer.
jeremyh70 (346) - Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a nice dark khaki head and good lacing. Chocolate aroma and a hint of umami. Taste of dark chocolate roasted malt with a hint of black licorice. Finishes with a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is bubbly and moderate with medium body and medium/high carbonation. Solid stout that is well crafted.