ThisWangsChung (826) - 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?
ordybill (661) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Big coffee smell with a nice malt backdrop
Appearance- pours a black color with a thick brown head.
Taste- Coffee and a bit of licorice with a nice malt mix
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation with a dry finish
Overall- A real good Irish Dry Stout, highly recommended.
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 13, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Medium gray-brown head. Opaque black body shows hazy dark red light
at edges. Roasty floral aroma is faint, with traces of rubber boot
(no, seriously). Dry earthy roasty soy sauce taste with toasted sugar
notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Dryish earthy mealy soy
sauce aftertaste with rubbery notes. Well. It’s ok. (0.355l bottle,
from Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)
martin00sr (1586) - Haderslev, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark copper, thick light beige head. Roasted, wet malt aroma. Light, dry mouthfeel. Roasted aroma, faint, fruity and smokey notes. Dry and light bitter finish.
Bamsen78 (4395) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour cloudy nearly black with small but stable light tan head. Dark aroma of coffee, malt and caramel with some subtle roasty notes. Bitter, roasty flavour, complemented by sweetish notes of caramel malt and touches of coffee. Roasty and bitter aftertaste with notes of yeast. Decent, albeit just medium-bodied.
MiP (14446) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Bready and dusty aroma, smells a lot like a milk stout. Almost black colour, seems clear. Big stable creamy light brown head. The flavour is bready, slightly vinous, sweetish. Not a dry stout in my book, but perhaps not sweet enough to be a milk stout, either.
Sigmund (5726) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Black colour, moderate to low tan head. Slightly sweetish and mildly roasty aroma, hints of creamy coffee and chocolate. Dry roasty flavour, notes of cold coffee. Drinkable, but not remarkable.
gunnar (6408) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Pours almost black with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, weak roast. Taste is light sweet, malts and coffee with a strange sidekick not making this a very good one. Dry bitter finish.
Holmen1 (3538) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Flaske på rbhd-samling feb-15: brunsvart med capuccinoskum. Mild kaffe/vanlijearoma og kremet munnfølelse. Tørr og mørk men med en bismak av våt papp.
abemorsten (3194) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Shared bottle at RBHD Bjørnøy February 2015. Clear deep mahogany colored body with a light brown rim. Rock sugar and molasses on the nose. Prunes and wet cardboard on the nose. Medium bodied.
Holmen2 (1787) - NORWAY - FEB 7, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared bottle at RB/HD 07.02.15. Black. Dark beige head.Aroma of dark chocolate. Moderate bitterness in refreshing taste.