Vaiz (4247) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, licorice and some coffee. Flavor is quite bitter, dry and a little burnt. Thick body and well balanced. Nice one.
andrepintado (2674) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUN 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from cervezalandia. Dark color. Thin brown head. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter. Aroma is chocolate, roasted, light liquorice, nutty, hops.
erickok (5272) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Extremely think Black body. Deep chocolate. Intense and yet nothing cloying or overwhelming. No big alcohol either, could even use some more. Very rich and satisfying. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière)
tiong (6383) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle from Saveur-Biere. Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Aroma of roasty malts, coffee, vanilla, cocoa and chocolate. Taste is smooth, sweetish and slightly earthy with hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Finish is slightly roasty and earthy with some chocolate and coffee. Okay, quite smooth.
Alengrin (4451) - BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of Mad River’s beers named after the ’steelhead’, apparently a local name for the rainbow trout. Medium thick, creamy, tan head breaking in the middle but otherwise retaining well, over a jet black beer, not even letting any light through at the edges - clearly a lot of dark malts went in here. Very pleasant ’sniffing’ bouquet of chocolate sauce and ’fondant’ chocolate bars, cocoa powder, cappuccino, vanilla beans, stewed beef, coffee powder, cinnamon, subtle hints of damp pipe tobacco, gingerbread, kahlua, smoldering Cuban cigar ashes, horse steak, English Christmas cake, hazelnut paste, dried banana, black pepper, wet leather. Creamy onset of ’deep’ basic sourishness nicely paired with restrained raisin and fig sweetness as well as meaty umami - the classic onset of any good stout, I’d argue. Carbonation remains very soft, supporting an oily, creamy, thick body, built on a thick layer of immediately toasted bittersweet malts which turn more roasted bitter in the end with black bitter chocolate and even aromatic black coffee flavors, but do not lose a thin trace of caramel sweetness for balance; this malty bittersweetness with more roasted bitterness than caramelly sweetness dominates the finish, where a dash of peppery, spicy hops is thrown in and eventually a faint but noticeable glow of ’non-obnoxious’, soft and rounded, generic alcohol joins forces, while delicious cocoa and vanilla impressions rise up retronasally. After swallowing, the ’dull’, almost metal-like sourishness of roasted barley sticks to the throat as a reminder that it was indeed a stout you just poured down - along with lingering black coffee flavors. Satisfying, aromatic, well-bodied and tasteful stout, rich and filling while technically flawless: this is very accomplished. In terms of substyle: too strong and too creamy for a dry stout, I guess this qualifies as one of those non-historical new American ’double’ stouts. Whatever it is: nothing extreme here, but so well-balanced and that I would still recommend it to any stouthead.
Beerhunter111 (16457) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl.oz. bottle. Pours very dark orange brown colour with a mid-sized tan head. Aroma of sweet mild roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, lacto. Taste of sweet milky roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee and lacto.
mariuspoenari (1419) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a medium height tan head. Roasted malts, a bit of vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate.
olio (9204) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle.
Pours jet black color with a large beige head. Chocolaty sweet aroma, lots of malts, subtle hop notes and faint coffee. Flavor is also chocolaty, sweet malty, some faint vanilla notes, mellow coffee bitterness and caramel. Very thick malty body, sweet finish. Very nice and tasty.
M4grem (24) - North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good stout. On the verge of thick like other strong stouts but not too much. Rich malty, nut and grain flavors. Really nice carbonation and good bite.
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Idiosynkrasie (6306) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle. Jet black colour with average, creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, beige to tan head. Salty, sourish, dark chocolately, roasty dark malty aroma, fishy notes of shrimps, hints of soy sauce. Taste is spicy, roasty dark malty, slightly sourish, notes of soy sauce, dark chocolate, a touch of vanilla. Infected?