tommann (2699) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a large head. Aroma is yeasty, roast with a little coffee. Taste is roast and yeasty throughout. A little watery.
CamdenD (1092) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was impressive stuff. Served from cask at the Rake, this beer blows you away with malted roastiness. Hops sneak through and the mouthfeel is dry. Chocolate is certainly noticeable as is a figgy undertaste. Beautiful beer.
BenH (2245) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle. Pours near black with tan head. Big aroma, smokey, toasty, sweet. Taste is toasty, roasty, slight smoke, slight licorice and ever so slight dark fruit. Pretty damn good for a stout, would like to see and imperial version
TheCametron (1780) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle wi Ben. Pours black (brown if you scrutinise it closely). Nice flavour. Roasted bitterness. Verging on imperial. Delicious.
brownyonder (266) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jet black with a tan head which diminishes but doesn’t completely disappear. Chocolate and coffee on the nose. Flavours of chocolate, vanilla, malt and smoke.
floris87 (35) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown beer (not black) with greyish brown fizzy head that fades slowly. Primary smell is chalk, then more subtle smells of roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, hint of chocolate, and hops. Taste is bitter, lots of coffee, plums, some figs and a bit of liqourice. Mouthfeel is very mediocre, a bit watery for a stout. Nice spicy hops and pepper in aftertaste, although it could be stronger. Could be better, but certainly not bad.
RichardW (1502) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, Coppers8till8, Ncl. Big smoky roasted aroma, leads into a beautifully smooth full-flavoured assaualt on the tongue. This is a mighty stout, beautifully balanced, spicy hop notes come through to balance out the strong malt dominance. Definite plum and whisky characteristics. Gorgeous jet black colour and a rich dark cofee coloured head just add to the all-round beauty of this beer. Had this accompanied by some mature cheddar and toasted sourdough and what a pairing that was!
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - OCT 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2012 Bottle from Great Grog. Man am I excited about this beer. Big deep black pour, thick bubbly brownish head. Nose is rich dark chocolate, coffee, some raisin, plenty of roast malt too. Palate is thick chocolate and vanilla at first, which is soon joined by a definite roasty/smokey streak. Strange but pleasant hints of plum/raisin too. Spicy hop and ash finish, and the tiniest cheeky hint of booze. This is an awesome beer.
Miksu (4947) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Craft Beer Co, London. Opaque black color. Sweet coffeish roasty aroma. Sweet coffeish flavor with some nuts, toffee and charcoal. Initially smooth with some ashy astringency and tannins in finish. A great stout with rich taste.
Beersiveknown (2875) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 Bottle at home blackberries and licorice nose. Dark brown/ black cm tan head, steady stream of bubbles. Rich roast barley and berries with long dry and smooth finish
Keg at port street beer house august. Rich and thick body with chocolate and Resinous hops finish.