DerWeg (1494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle Jason THX. Moderately dense brown look, tan cap. Nose is a bit dry and harsh, cheese and fruit. Taste has a bit of tart,acidity and a little coffee. Can I brew in Spain to help out?
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Whole Foods with some nice new branding/label work on it. Pours filtered black with the craziest brown head I’ve ever seen; numerous bubbles in excess of 1cm diameter adorn the crown of the beer. Looks more like something you’d see bubbling in a river or something.
Sadly, this does not translate to anything unusual in the flavor, as the beer is chalk dry, very carbonic, and exceptionally dull. Some carrot and cabbage notes.
wedgie9 (1893) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted from a 12oz bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors. Just a bit of a gusher, this beer pours nearly black with a thick tan head that slowly settles into lace. The nose is darkly roasted malt with milk chocolate, and a prune aroma. The flavor is also quite fruity with prune and raisin along with the super roasted malt and some dark chocolate bitterness. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long fruity and bitter finish.
Sammy (8581) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2010
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Jason’s bottle, brought from Spain. Medium brown, big cheesy head. Sour in aroma. You can see the carbonation bubbles. Coffee grounds and horse blanket - in the taste! Even Guiness is better as a stout.Carbonation right there. Youc an drink some of it.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - OCT 7, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.2 oz bottle. Dark brown with a big, thick, foamy light tan head that lasts a while and sticks to the glass. Lactic aroma with chocolate and some light fruit... weird. The flavor is tart up front with some chocolate, and acidic malt. Medium body with a lively foamy carbonation and a dry, chalky mouth feel. Not sure if this one was starting to sour or not, kind of weird aroma and taste for a Stout.
rand (1290) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 7, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 33 cl from Esclat in Vall (Spain). Black beer with high tan foam and good fizz. Nose of coffee and dark chocolate, burnt key and average acidity. The taste is slightly soft, roasted, creamy, earthy, black fruit and vegetable. Final not too dry, note of cardamom on the roast which dominates the hop.
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Large tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast, some coffee, burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, roast/coffee, salt/nut, some bittersweet chocolate, light burnt. Light medium body, some effervescence.
after4ever (6114) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330. Pours a muddy near-black with a positively outrrrrageous rocky tan head. You have to say "outrrrrrrageous" like John Cleese as the French castle captain of the guard in The Holy Grail for that to work right. Very dry nose with plenty of coffee and cocoa nibs. Watery body, almost medium, soft carb. Coffee, cocoa, and no real oysters or brine on the mid-palate. Why call it an oyster stout then, you ask? Search me. Are spanish oysters migratory or non-migratory? Maybe that’s part of the problem. Tasty enough, though. Mild cocoa finish.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Looks promising, dark brown with beige head. Chocolate and caramel aromas. Very thin palate. Milk, toasted malt, chocolate and cola tastes. Odd.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2oz bottle from The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, MO outside of St. Louis. Pours a deep brown, almost black colored body with a two finger-width, dense and frothy, brown colored head that collapses slowly and leaves a layer of frothy lacing throughout the session. Aroma is sweet malts and a good amount of cocoa with some sour, dark fruits. Some caramel and a decent roast with some acidity, berries, and a touch of coffee. Flavor is pretty raw, hard roasted, acidic sweet malts with some chocolate and lactose sourness. More coffee and a few traces of caramel and more dark fruits before this finishes dry with a light coffee bitterness that leaves a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and high, lively carbonation. Overall, an interesting stout. It seems at times that the roast, acidity, and sourness is too much, but then it seems to come back into balance. I don’t know, this isn’t bad, but it’s not great.