ThisWangsChung (836) - 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. Thereís 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 thereís even a touch of hoppiness. As it warms up, it becomes quite caramel-forward...too caramel-forward, actually.
T: Actually, itís hoppier than I anticipated. It tries to have an initial coffee-like flavor to start, but itís general hop bitterness that Iím picking up the most. That, and a ton of caramel. Iím 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, itís 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?
theOptimator (360) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is roasty chocolate and sweet malt. Appearance is dark brown almost black with big frothy off white head that lingers well. Taste is sweet roasty chocolate malt forward. Hint of bitterness from roast and hops. Light minerally water flavor. Palate is medium. Creaminess coats the tongue nicely. Overall an excellent stout. Not over the top but well brewed with nice flavors. Great definition of the style.
eRock_2013 (389) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting and well done stout, pours a dark espresso brown with white lacing to contrast, aroma of light roasty malt with bitter cocoa accents. Flavor of smoky roasted malt, some subtle chocolate malt sweetness. Medium-to-light mouthfeel, thin but not watery. Coffee roast and cocoa in the finish. An interesting variety of layered roasty malt flavors present overall, that doesn't overwhelm the palate and indeed finishes on a relatively crisp note. Enjoyable.
bth122 (1451) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Variety 12 pack. Pours a black color. Medium head. Aroma of chocolate and roast Malt. Light sweetness. Dry finish. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Not too heavy. But not to light either. Somewhat creamy texture. Nice cocoa taste notes with roasted malt. Good.
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bytemesis (6289) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2015 Bottle. Pours clear black, small beige head, some lacing. Aroma is roasty, perhaps a hint of rubber and ashtray. Flavor is very light sweet, roasty, light bitter. Light body. Eh.
TorbenJensen (1439) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2015
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich foam and a lovely aroma of coffee and chocolate. The taste varies over the classical dark chocolate, coffee, lightly roasted malt and a small touch of licorice. The finish is moderately hoppy with dry end. A good stout who do nothing bigger impression, but still keeps the type of accuracy. Well recommended.
ttoadee (1198) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark pour, decent tan head. Nose roasted grain. Bittersweet. Middle is coffee, coco powder, seared grain. Finish dries some. Pretty good.
ordybill (1225) - 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 (7150) - 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. Itís ok. (0.355l bottle,
from Fish & Beer, Copenhagen.)
martin00sr (2448) - 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 (4838) - SÝnderborg, 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.