Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, - JAN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A long-lasting, elegant, homogeneous tan head lives above the clearish dark brown. Not all that close to black in colour, but that does not keep it from proposing a roast-focused aroma playing the dark chocolate and coffee tune accompanied by a confident, forward liquorous alcohol. Call it a coffee liquor if you will. Relatively lean palate for the genre, not without love handles, but far from the syrupy examples that abound nowadays and never overly sugary. Has a spicy kick (anise, woodsy, black pepper) which I have trouble figuring whether it comes from its otherwise subtle hops or some kind of alcohol-phenolic side effect. Not very punchy in terms of hop flavours, yet a very bitter example, for its bitterness hops, of course, but perhaps more especially for its dark espresso-like roasted malts, sharper than in the vast majority of impys out there. A very competent example, perhaps lacking in fruit to fit my very personal preferences for strong roasty ales, but cohesive and flawless.
hackobock (2986) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 25, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
April 25, 2016. Bottle, best before January 7 2018.
Black with a medium sized, slightly frothy, brown head. Aroma is ink, dark chocolate, black berries, licorice, prunes, some coffee, vegetal and yeasty notes. Taste is light to medium sweet, quite soft bitter. Finish is vegetal, sweet black berries, some licorice, toffee, soft medium bitterness with dark chocolate and ash. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.
Too much yeast and vegetal notes.
fillepolo (340) - SWEDEN - APR 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from systembolaget. Pours a dark colour beer with a small head. Roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate. Thin. Dry finish
DraftDodger (845) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copenhagen 18/4 2016. 50 cl bottle from Fakta. Two swords and a crown to give it the imperial look. Pours opaque very dark brown with small beige head. Head disappears fairly fast leaving patches of foam. Aroma is pretty intense. Quite sweet and sugary with some bitter coffee and a little boozy alcohol. Soft carbonation and thick creamy and oily palate. Flavor is rich and quite sweet. Bitter coffee notes. Sweet aftertaste. A bit on the sweet side but a fine intense stout.
ramboraffe (1669) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from Systembolaget. Black with tanned head. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Semi dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.
Echon (264) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black and full-bodied, and very malty with a nice creamy mouthfeel. A bit too sweet, however, and lacking something.
Jorn69 (2359) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
@ Havregatan 20160406. Bottle (330 ml) from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with liquorice and chocolate, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is roasted and sweet with liquorice.
linusb (544) - SWEDEN - APR 1, 2016
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: Pitch black with a thin light brown/nougat coloured head. N: Coffee, plum, raspberry, yeast, ash, liqourice T: Coffee, tobacco, chocolate, blackberry O: Taste is quite nice. Very hard to oversee the heavy yeast on nose though...
Gaultier (1290) - SWEDEN - APR 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ Kristoffers väg 1/4-16. Bottle from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with chocolate and some BA-character. Body is medium, the finish is roasted with notes of chocolate. Quite boring!
Japalo (1685) - DENMARK - MAR 30, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @home. Small to no head. Low carbonation. Intense Black. Roasted malty coffee honey notes. Great round mouthfeel. A little sharp stoutly finish. Rusticated straightforward brew. Paired with roasted lamb and potato peas purè.
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LLaurin (212) - Motala, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Appearance is quite nice but the nose is bakery yeast without finesse. Also taste is yeasty and it takes overhand disguarding the coffee and chocolate taste within. Palate is better but still a little weak.