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, thereís 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 thereís enough sweetness here to keep it in check.
M: Quite light in its loafers with wimpy carbonation. Thereís actually an esophageal burn and a bit of stomach turning which completely tanks the mouthfeel score for me. On the palate proper, itís not particularly dry, but nicely bittersweetínísour; whatever the blue hell thatís supposed to mean.
O: Infected - it just has to be. But thank Odin itís a minor infection that actually gives it a pleasant twist, instead of twisting my mouth sideways and dissolving my tongue. This clearly isnít the final product as itís intended to be - thankfully I have a penchant for a good Flemish-style ale along side my stout tooth, so I still think itís quite okay.
If youíre bottle has "123881841" on it, just be wary.
Marduk (2526) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Pitch black color. Medium brown head, stays. Sour, diacetyl, alcohol, acetone, milky aroma. Milky, roast taste. Dry mouthfeel. Bit too high carbonation. Cannot really taste alcohol.
finol (2098) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a nice brown creamy head.
Dry chocolate, some dark fruit and tartness.
andregoncalves (1305) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle thanks to ruigo. Color is dark as hell. Head is large and brownish. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is low to medium sweet, medium bitter. Aroma is high roasted, coffee, fruity. Lovely warm body.
cmiller54hr (35) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml can into pint glass. Pours jet black with minimal head. Roasty taste with a little hint of chocolate. Would drink again.
SuperTiti33 (447) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Noire beau collet beige. Nez: Anis. Café. Grain torréfié. Choco/vanille. Terreuse. Bouche: ronde. Sucré. Fine chaleur d'alcool. Torréfié. Un peu chocolaté. Terreuse. Bien.
mile (2854) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, average and mostly diminishing dark brown head. Moderate to full, malty and sweetish aroma, faint roasted malt, light coffee and faint salty licorice. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, faint roasted malt and light coffee, faint alcohol. Finish is average, malty and sweetish, faint roasted malt and light coffee with light licorice, light alcohol. Way too sweet stout for me - could really use some bitterness. Donít believe the hype.
OsuStu (30) - - JUN 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
17 oz can. Pours opaque black with a tan head. Coffee and molasses aroma with some fruit. A bit nutty, coffee, cocoa. Easy drinking for such a high ABV.
mallons72 (157) - livonia, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thus is a very good stout. Traditional, but very high abv which is masked. Chocolate and coffee, what you would expect from a stout.
hman43 (293) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The brew pours black with a frothy, dark brown head that had some lacing. The is an aroma of coffee and raisins. There is a bit of chocolate and other sweet, fruit like smells. It has a rich, smooth coffee taste with some sweet tastes with a bit of a bitter ring on the palate.
ThreeCats (554) - ISRAEL - JUN 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black, with a nice big mocha head. Aroma of roast, bitter chocolate, and some raisins. Taste roasty, medium bodied, with a sweet mid-palate, and a dry ending. Hides the alcohol really well. Nice and easy drinking.