MadDogMD (215) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from AJ’s Arcadia. Huge, giant head of tan foam! Wouldn’t quickly dissipate, either. Once I got thru the foam, a big aroma of red wine, black cherries, plums, slight sourness, coffee & chocolate hit me. Flavors almost exactly the same- big, in-your-face dark fruits & vinous characteristics. Followed closely by some chocolate, coffee & roasted flavors taking a backseat. In the finish, I get more vinous tartness & a good hop bitterness. Very interesting stout. Would like it more if mellowed out a bit & way less carbonation. Otherwise, a great, great brew!
Skarecrow (100) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle BB 2/5/2018
Sweet malty fruity aroma.
Poured black with strange sudsy dishwashing liquid head.
Well, the taste is all about the ABV - negligible bitterness is followed by an oaky finish and a major alcoholic kick.
Reminded me of drinking a glass of wine more that beer.
Maybe I have just drunk too much Guinness in my life but as a stout, this this was just well, not....
On the plus side, probably a good dessert or cheese board beer.
(Tombutlin - I concur with your diagnosis on this one mate).
Hammy78 (959) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - APR 1, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle, picked up in Kelowna B.C. Shared with my smoking hot wife. Pours opaque, with a oily tan head, no lace. Nose is dark fruit, sweet sugar, toffe, fudge. Tastes sweet, sugar, touch of dark chocolate, bitter coffe. Tastes beverage.
GoufCustom (1528) - HONG KONG - FEB 6, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2016
500 ml bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.
Looks: Opaque deep blackish brown with a thin traceof yeast sedimentsNear zero head with residual soapy light beige foam which fades in 5 seconds. Good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.
Aroma: Fragrant and sweet full dark malt, with nice strong oak, strong caramel, raisins, alcohol, coffee, cream, chocolate, sugar, yeast, very light lemon and thin grass.
Taste: Strong sweet dark malt, with very strong roastyness, roasted nuts, caramel, light toffee, strong burnt toast, black coffee, light chocolate, quite strong alcohol, liquorices, sugar, dry biscuits, yeast, lemon, very strong bitter hops and sharp grass.
Body: Medium body; Thin but very slick palate.
Mouth Feel: Very solid dark maltyness in a pretty watery background. Lack of carbo certainly doesn’t help that thinned feeling. Strong oak barrel flavor with slight smokiness dominates, so much so it overwhelm much of the nice roasted nuts and caramel, leaving the naked booze. Lots of burnt toast, black coffee and hops which boost the bitterness, which taste quite good considering the strong sugary sweetness. Strong lemon to round. Quite alright.
Alcohol: The 10.2% booze is upfront but doesn’t scream often, quite easy to go down with liquorice and slight knock-on. Not bad!
Hoppiness: Very light lemon and thin grass in nose, and much stronger taste. Bitterness is very strong and boosted by the malty burnt toast for a lasting, very high astringent sweet-bitter finish.
After taste: Quite dry. Roasty, sweet and very bitter to mouth.
Comments: This one has got most of the style’s attributes, yet it was hampered by the lack of carbo and thin body which plagued Moa’s Reserved series. It’s tasted a tad too thin for my liking, and it’s not sophisticated as it should. The French oak somehow overshadow everything. Quite drinkable but also pretty disappointing.
rayaron (1302) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Tom L. Deep brown with brownish head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, some wood and wine. Sweetish flavor, woody, some roastiness, notes of coffee, soy sauce and red wine, bitterish, dry. Medium to full-bodied. Very pleasant.
DSG (11399) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 31, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks Tom L. Black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, wood, some dark fruits, a bit of alcohol. Great sweet flavor, with chocolate, roast, wood, some dark fruits, and a bitter finish. Full-bodied. Really good.
Savage_Night (414) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with minimal/no head. AROMA: rich malt, vinous, earthy, floral, dark fruit, woody, bready, molasses, grapes, boozy, mild sweetness, phenol, and light herbal hops. TASTE: rich malt, vinous, earthy, floral, dark fruit, woody, bready, molasses, grapes, boozy, mild sweetness, phenol, low carbonation, spices, light chocolate, little citrus, hop spice and slight peppercorn. AFTER TASTE: vinous, hop spice, dark fruit and woody with a medium thickness boozy finish.
BlackBeerPG (275) - Darien, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste of toasty smooth barrel aged malt, some coffee, dark bittersweet cocoa notes.
Black, opaque and Medium /full body. warming mouthfeel.
jimtheeagle (1) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 19, 2015 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bit of a wollap, first glass was fairly averagish, the second really bought out the chocolate and plums and that punch from a 10.2% By the time I finished the 500ml bottle (NZ $6.59) I was a convert. Full bodied, full flavoured and great aftertaste. Sits well in my 8oz glass like a 1983 Mobil.
value for money... look no further!!
GreatDane1632 (1167) - North Dakota, USA - AUG 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated based on notes taken 6 Nov 2012 -- The barrel aged wine flavor adds a unique layer. Definitely interesting.
tsd08460 (751) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUL 20, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: oak, coffee, chocolate, vanilla
Appearance: clear black, brown head
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, coffee, chocolate, roasty
Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish,