Garrold (3332) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Sheffield Tap. Darkest reddy brown. Beige, thin but tight, creamy head. Aroma is bonfire toffee. Roasted coffee beans too. Some stewed fruit also. Taste is sticky sweet initially, quickly giving way to a dry, then bitter finish. The alcohol makes itself known, but doesn’t distract. A stout that warrants a session (albeit a short, slightly pissed one!).
Pyrmir (5055) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Black with mocca head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and slight smoke. Taste is creamy and rich, roasted, burnt, chocolate.
abemorsten (3439) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - SEP 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Cardinal. Black body with a dense brown head. Smokey buttery soy sauce on the nose and in the mouth. Roasted finish. Medium body.
Nische (1505) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a foamy head and solid carbonation. Roasty chocolate malts the main flavour in the aroma, a hint of coffee and cream, not too bitter. Very good.
Beerheart65 (1228) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma has lots of dark ripe fruits, sweet dark bread, suryp, bit coffee, malty.
Deep dark brown/black with long creamy light brown head and nice lacing.
Round soft feel with nice kick from dry roasting, long dry finish, medium to full body, dry and bitter, soft carbonation.
Well-done tasty stout that has good balance, nice palate and tasty and nuanced pure flamvors with enough body.Enjoyed.
Rangi (669) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black poor with beige head. Roast malts with coffee and just a touch of liquorice coming through. May be come fig but then I might just be imagining that from reading the deScription. Tasty well balanced stout over all.
hawthorne00 (3165) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap (keg). Black with a pale beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, prunes, mace, ginger. Medium bodied, carbonation is not that high but still lower would suit. Light chocolate sweetness, modest roast, licorice, coffee, dried fruit. Quite dry finish with flowers and spices. Good, but probably not flattered by the keg.
ClubGonzo (4998) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Haand Festival 2013. Pours an onyx black body with a medium beige head. Nose is ashes, licorice, dry chocolate and hints of coffee. Taste is licorice, ashes, chocolate, hints of leather and coffee. Full body, medium to high carbonation. Nice, but lacks the proverbial "extra mile".
Plovmand (7290) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mikkeller and Friends. Pours black with a creamy beige head. The aroma is licorice, roasted malt, chocolate and citrussy hops. The flavor is dark malts, some hops, coffee and licorice.
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MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This New World Stout shares plenty of roasted malts upon which citrusy hops, raisins and grapey edges bounce, leading to an almost smoke-y, pepper-y finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy sheet of foam covers the pure blackness, lacing nicely.
-The dark chocolate undercurrent in the finish is really nice.
-There are lots of flavours in this one, but I didn’t find them to be perfectly harmonious (citrusy edges with roastiness?).
-In a blind test, I would have this was from an American brewery.
-I think I would like this better on cask as the malts would have more room to express. The biting carbonation from the tap makes the hops a little too brash for my tastes in Stout.
On tap at Craft Beer Co., Brighton.