samsmith33 (772) - - MAR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma Is raspberry, chocolate, plum. Dark black color. Thick. Small white head. Taste is cola, wood, earth, dark chocolate. Not bad, but I’m a tad disappointed.
SudsMcDuff (8112) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had a couple bottles .. . pours a viscous black .. good foam, mild spots of lacing .. . rich mouth .. wine and tar dominate .. . a bold beer, i enjoyed it .. . . when i pack my suitcase. i always forget the raw fish. i’m a cat.
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a reddish/purple hue to it. Head is typical dark brown and a little small. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, floral hops, some dark fruit. Flavor is lots of dark fruit and cream. Cherries, plums and grapes. Coffee and cocoa bitterness come in and out.. A little boozy in the back. Big grassy, floral hop flavor and bitterness in the finish as well. Palate is rich and creamy. Carbonation is definitely low but not too low. Chocolate covered raisins here and there. Lots going on and each flavor is really enjoyable. Manages to straddle that line between drinkable and rich and complex. It really has both going for it. I’d have estimated closer to 8% than 10. While I usually expect something like this to get sweeter as it warms, this seems to become more watery. Still, a really tasty brew.
nealblind (1681) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown pour huge head. Aroma of acid, wine barrels, cola. Tastes like artificial raspberry flavor, char. Slimey thick palate yet acidic. Deviates strongly from stout character. Seems more like a sour gone slightly brown than a brown gone slightly sour.
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pours a solid black with a brown head and lacing. It has a great aroma with smokey wood, chocolate and coffee. The flavor is more chocolate and coffee and a bit of the smokiness and some hop bitterness, all over a heavy body with a rich finish.
omega (898) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite a sweet style of stout where I am reminded of banana on the palate, though as is warms up this is falling by the wayside and is becoming more bitter.
skortila (5341) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma is fruity, winey, has some roast. Black coloured with a medium, beige head. The taste is a bit fruity, hs chocolate, roast, some oak, some coffee beans, chocolate and a more bitter finish. Medium bodied.
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 9, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Albuquerque. Pours an opaque black with frothy tan head. Dark malt aromas. Big body with full mouthfeel. Rich dark malt flavors. Chocolate notes. Nice complexity from wine barrels. Impressive.
78samh (256) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a dark almost reddish black with a small head. Tastes of oak and toated malts. Rich complex flavors with a finish of burn. This gets better as it warms up. Great impy stout!
Cory (372) - , California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Red wine, slightly sour, but there is a lot if rye bread characteristics. Its all a little off putting and a little disappointing. So sad, I am a big fan if most beers I’ve had out of New Zealand.