highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2005 A classic English stout that is often dismissed by beer drinkers because of its paltry 3% abv and its popularity with women and elderly men. Itís a sweet stout, which means exactly what that implies. Anyone expecting an imperial is destined to be disappointed. This is no session stout - itís too sweet to drink in any quantity - but it would be great with a bitter chocolate cake. It poured a treacle colour with a frothy coffee-coloured head. The aroma has licorice and espresso notes. The mouthfeel is velvet smooth and the body is firm, with minimal carbonation. There are hints of cappuccino and dried fruit in the middle before the sweet, lightly alcoholic finish. Itís all sweet malt and minimal bitterness. Very more-ish but I imagine more than two of these would be like guzzling several boxes of chocolates. (Bottle)
ALLOVATE (2556) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 20, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Almost 100 years since itís conception, this one didnít age well. Tasted from the squat can, it poured a deep dark reddish brown, with a thin dense tan head. Aroma (if any?) of ovaltine, dank liquor and copper pipes. In the mouth it was smoothed out with a cloying maltiness. It reminded me of a cold mocha-latte, with a shot of whisky in it. Low carbonation, no roasted or lactose highlights, and a short, mildly sweet swallow. I think this one is best suited to the history books, rather than the pint glass.
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
From a can.Almost black in colour,no head,smells like burnt milk and coffee,quite sweet.
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Having heard many good things about this beer (it used to be my mothers main beer in England, and we have similar tastes), I was looking forward to trying it. Iím still not sure what I thought of it, on one hand it was quite a bit too sweet, although it didnít cloy too much, yet on the other it was drinkable if one got over that. It looked really nice, a deep rich mahogany (when held to the light), or jet black when not, with a rocky tan head a top. I guess I could get used to it, but I donít have any great desire to right now.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black stout colour, thin tan head. Caramel and coffee aroma. Full-bodied, sweet, coffee and chocolate flavour. Chocolatey finish. Pretty good.
johndoughty (4217) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was surprised by the complexity of this considering its low strength. Dark with a coffee taste dominating and with plenty of depth. Very suppable and an all round pleasant beer.
JonMoore (1985) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Canned from Sainsburys. Black, with moderate sized brown head. Aroma is coffee, with a sweet malty flavour. Thin bodied. Weak but interesting.
Boystout (1000) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - AUG 17, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Canned. Black opaque coloured with thin beige/brown head. Coffeeish aroma, sweet malty and chocolate flavour. Interesting but too thin and sweet.
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very milky and sweet. Similar too a coffee. Very thick and quite nicely put together. Very unique which is great and interesting to enjoy.
Liberty (52) - Stompwijk, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted from a 330-ml can: roasted malt, sweetness, some chocolate and coffee notes, dark fruit, not very bitter and a bit creamy. Very drinkable, as itís only 3% in alcohol. I didnít expect much from this interbrew beer, but I was surprised. It is a pleasant beer, not bad at all.