Beerheart65 (1092) - 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 (626) - 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 (2662) - 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 (4454) - 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 (6755) - 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 (8328) - 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.
olsvammel (3803) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Taylor & Jones with a Twist in Stockholm. Smell of coffee, chocolate and dark bread. Similar taste. Tasty but still light and easy to drink.
Meilby (8551) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Haand Ølfestival 2013
Pours dark brown/black with a light tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long coffee and roasted finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
GBZ59 (1182) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - JUN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Grifo. Vaso de 1/2 pt. Saboreada en mar´13. Presenta un color negro intenso coronada por una muy túpida y cremosa capa de espuma esponjosa que mantiene hsta el final. Aromas florales redondedados por notas de sutil torrefacto y cítrico subyacente. Entrada de fresco amargor con sabores de maltas torrefactas y toques de regaliz. Cuepo pleno y carbonatación moderada. Astringencia de frutos secos que permanece hasta el prolongado final amargo y reseco. Retrogusto cítrico con matices de infusión de café. Una gran cerveza !!
On-tap. 1/2 pt glass. Enjoyed on mar´13. Pitch black appearance headed by a so close & creamy crown. Foam lasts until the end. Floral aromas rounded by subtle roasted notes & citric underneath. Crisp bitter upfront. Roasted malt flavors & gentle licorice touch. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Dried nut astringency reamins into a long dried & bitter finish. Citric on the aftertaste & coffee-like infusion. A big one!!
Juseq (158) - FINLAND - JUN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught. Aroma has roasted barley, coffee and some hops. Flavor is dominated by cocoa and coffee with bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel and body is quite slim. Aftertaste has bitter chocolate. Nicely balanced.