Beer4000 (4264) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle. Very dark brown body, almost black with a nice finger thick lacing tan head. Nice, relatively strong aroma of mocha, coffee and moderate roasted dark malt. Medium sweet, moderate roasted malt flavor with hint of vanilla and some fruity hops. Medium body and a bit short in aftertaste. Quite nice, drinkable, more than less standard dry stout with nothing extraordinary going on.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. There’s about a finger worth of a light tan colored head, also. Retention is about average for the style, but the texturing is very nice. Some decent lacing is left behind.
S: The aroma is rather muted, unfortunately. There is a presence of chocolate backed by some brown sugar, and there’s even a touch of hoppiness. As it warms up, it becomes quite caramel-forward...too caramel-forward, actually.
T: Actually, it’s hoppier than I anticipated. It tries to have an initial coffee-like flavor to start, but it’s general hop bitterness that I’m picking up the most. That, and a ton of caramel. I’m really missing some of the roasted and chocolaty flavors I get out of other stouts.
M: At least it deserves some credit for having a crisp dryness to it. Given that, its light body, and its decent carbonation, it’s pretty easy to drink.
O: Not a fan, really. Hoppy stouts need to have a nice backbone of malt and hop flavors, not weak caramel with a ton of generic bitterness. Guess which one this achieves?
Cantabrian (741) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice stout, with a chocolate/coffee aroma and some herbal whiff as well. Flavour is ok, staying more around the first two, and less herbal/metallic. Carbonation quite high, still nice and dry. Well....not bad.....I must get some sleep...
NordicV (982) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - FEB 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I stort sett svart öl med lätt beige skum. Doft av malt, lätt rostade toner och lite trä. Samma i smaken. En ganska tunn och blyg stout.
Ed5388 (1617) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2oz sample at International Great Beer Expo (Meadowlands). Pours a deep brown color with a small tan head. Aroma of light roasted malt and a hint of chocolate. Not much else. Taste of roasted malt, old chocolate, bitter burnt toast, and vanilla.
trapped (560) - TURKEY - JAN 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at International Great Beer Expo (Meadowlands). Dark brown with reddish tint, beige foamy head, slight caramel aroma, cherry-caramel taste, low carbonation, medium finish. Not bad for a stout, but not great either.
rondphoto (1451) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 17, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
@ Jungle Jims / Eastgate OH - Opaque black with a tan rim head, tiny streaks of lace. Taste is typical stout going in, bitter burnt toast going out. Begins nice and light, seems like a neighbor of Guinness and Murphys, but the finish sends it down the wrong road, leaving a sour taste in the mouth. Not repeatable for me.
PeatyPete (246) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown almost black color. Aroma of roasted malt and soy sauce. Taste of coffee, dry with a dip between start and finish.
Geokkjer (5221) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruitiness, some roasted notes and ash. Flavor is sweet and malty with some bitterness, coffee , fruitiness and floral hops. Medium body, average carbonation.
Meilby (6237) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and floral and citrus. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long chocolate, sightly dry and caramel finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.