Philym (309) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark brown/black with cm tan head.
Aroma: Bread, roast malt flavours, pepper, grass and note of caramel.
Taste: Low/medium sweetness, bitterness and sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, dry lingering finish of burnt, smoky, tobacco like and bread flavours.
Comments: Tasty and refreshing. Very easy to drink.
OwainTurner (265) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2013 Can from Tesco. Slight burnt sugar aroma, with hint of milk creamy chocolate aroma... Overall the aroma is very subtle. Very mild taste, again burnt sugar, and the slightest hint of milk chocolate, sour aftertaste is off putting. mouth feel is silky smooth and slight oil.
blackisle (324) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
milky cream and roasty, nuts, herbs, earthy, hint of chocolate, opaque dark brown, creamy brownish head, lot of foam, sweet roasty taste, dried fruits, mild bitterness, light body, creamy, soft carbonation, creamy sweetbitter finish
Osprey87 (910) - London via, WALES - JUL 13, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Short review due to session. Haven’t had this beer for 7 years. Took a couple of cans to a BYOB in Camden. Thin black with a brown head. Smell is yeasty, taste is quite light and chocolatey. It’s nice enough. Very drinkable, but then at 2.8% it would be a crime if they’d somehow made it hard to drink.
tseo (148) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from The Local Pub, Halandri, Athens
Aroma: Typical dark malt aroma of toasted grain.
Mouthfeel: Creamy head and body. Fruity hints. Small body, but not as thin as I expected.
Taste: Not particularily sweet. Starts tart and chocolatey. Balanced with just a gentle hint of sweetness at the end. Toasty like a schwartzbier. This beer is very subtle. I like the dark grain flavours, though.
Finish: Dry, astringent with metallic tones and a very mild sweetness on the throat and palate.
Overall: Quite pleasant, uncomplicated beer. I could have a dozen in one
danlo (673) - Durham, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml can. Dark brown-black colour, foamy beige head which diminishes leaving some lacing and aroma of roast malt, coffee & chocolate. Taste is sweet roast malt, some fruitiness, an earthy smokey bitterness and nutty notes. Watery thin mouth feel, light to medium bodied, low carbonation, clean finish. OK.
stevoj (1328) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Normal stout appearance, black with a short, creamy beige head. Aroma is almost nonexistent, but taste is normal stout bitterness. elements of coffee and chocolate, an overall decent stout.
tampierre (562) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 20, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Canned ; Devon ; UK ; Malt,roasted and chocolate aroma ; Dark brown color with bigger head ; Sweeter taste with light bitter finish ; Watery ; Too weak but not bad.
Nisse666 (3540) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from local COOP consumed 2013-03-27 Uddingston
AR: heavy roasted malt, melas
AP: deep brown colored body, stouthy rocky sand brown head
F: salt licorice, roasted malt, smooth body, wee grainy, wee white sugar, soya
Jimthechap (1321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Happiness is a big black pint. In this case it is only amplified by the fact it was a gift from Cantabrian (gratefully shakes the hand extended in friendship). This is a historical beer for my Yorkshire roots and one I’ve always heard about but never got around to trying. It appears jet black and has tawny notes in the dimple of the glass. A latte coloured head sat and sank into a thickish skim across the top of the beer. The aromas are firstly, and oddly to me, of blackberries, boysenberry icecream, jersey caramel, toffee brittle and creamy coffee. It is the most unusual and unexpectedly charming aroma. It suggests gentleness, and afternoon sessions in the pub watching sheets of rain soak passers by and of a moment to myself that my wife doesn’t know about. In the mouth it is unctuous and creamy with a touch of charry roastiness and filling mouthfeel. I find this beer to be enormously fulfilling, an ideal sessionable beer. One worth savouring and maybe replicating? Hmm, thinks I.