maeib (8574) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2013 Bottled. A big black beer with a quickly dissipating off-white head. The aroma is quite sweet for a stout with some perfumy notes. The taste is also sweet but there are good licquorice notes. A very tasty clean beer. Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.6 and 3.4. Average becomes 3.6
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle, best before Nov. 2005) Almost black coloured with a big brown foam. Roasted malt aroma with burnt caramel, dark cacao and dried plums. Bittersweet flavour, full bodied, smooth carbonated. Moderarately sweet initial taste with roasted malt, chocolate, crusts of german Schwarzbrot, caramel and liquorice. Warming alcohol in the bitter and nutty finish, thus it is quite well integrated. Very complex and quaffable Stout.
Sammy (8351) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice head with bubbles in foam. Malty sweet, vanila, milk, good hops. Very drinkable and serviceable stout. This would be a standard beer for me if always available, which reflects that big stouts get higher ratings on complexity and thickness, but this is nice.
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black beer with a deep dark brown head. Aroma of dark licorice, leather and sweet dark fruit. Lots of plums and treacle. Heavy, rich dark chocolate and heavy char. Roasty flavour with a rich sweet dark chocolate flavour. Rich character and a lingering rich sweet raisiny character. Excellent example of the style.
GT2 (8161) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Yes, it comes in a can now too. Pours the darkest brune almost completely black with ruby cola highlights topped by a massive, mocha brown head that sticks around with excellent retention. Not much lace. Aroma of raisins, milk chocolate, roasted malt, burnt cherries. Taste is sweet raisins, roasted malt, burnt wood, light olives. Suddy, dry, palate. Will need to retry out of the bottle.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market in Charlottesville, VA.
Pours a very dark reddish tinted brown. Huge frothy head, good
retention and lacing. Aroma is fruity with roasted malt notes.
Taste is roasted malts and lots of caramel. Some slight nutty
notes as well. Full bodied.
leaparsons (7926) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As black as night! Dry mouthfeel with liqourice tang. Good roast notes and not too sweet. Very nice.
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can at Linger, Denver - 01/06/12.
Black with a tan head.
Roasted malts with a little dark fruit background and sweet smelling.
Tastes sweet with a little chocolate and fruit allied to dark malt.
Medium body, dry finish, very average.
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black pour with some browns. Nose is caramel and coffee malts. Taste is crisp, sweet cream and cocoa. Rated 1/8/01
3fourths (7857) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Am I rate-whoring for a new country, or am I trying another new stout? Can it be both? This stout pours deep brown, but with a bit of light through the body, and a large dark tan head. Smells like the quintessential foriegn stout, if you can define such a thing: roasted grains and light smoke, some dry malts, some almost-hot alcohol or bite of some other sort. Semi-thick, very roasty and robust, very sharp on the palate with a bite of alcohol, smoke and toasted grains. I’m into this one, it’s definitely worthy of the praise I’ve heard.