Xstream (159) - - MAY 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 One of my favorite stouts. Similar to Guinness, but with a nicer flavor profile. It has a mild slightly burned caramel finish is especially like. Not very thick or heavy, quite fresh for a stout. Too bad it’s very hard to get it over here.
jamestulloch (1316) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 17, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Keg at Pleasance Courtyard. Black body with a lasting tan head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of creamy chocolate, earth and ash. Flavour of biscuit and burnt toast. Dry finish. Thick mouthfeel with a smooth texture. Soft fizz. Not bad, but not particularly memorable.
remALUS (1) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - AUG 17, 2014 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Labai graži spalva, puikios putos...
Geras skonis ir kvapas... vienas mano mėgstamiausių (one of my favorite)
NallePalle (100) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught, Engelen, Stockholm. Clear hints of coffee in the aroma. A bit dull, not much ’bite’, even for its type.
AshtonMcCobb (2458) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head.
Nose - a very elusive note of dark chocolate biscuits.
Taste - mainly malt not much chocolate.
Palate - light to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a fairly good finish.
Overall - decent for a mass distribution beer.
nilsas (1289) - Bryne, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Duft av kaffe, bek og lakris. Mørk, nesten sort farge. Tykt brunt skum. Muk smak av kaffe og noe sjokolade.
flying_pig (931) - SCOTLAND - JUL 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on-tap in Gallagher’s Boxty House, Dublin, Ireland (€5):
Roasted notes & earthy malts initially, some creamy notes & lactose coming through alongside some light coffee & touches of bitterness towards the end with a touch of chocolate too.
Dark brown to black with red tinges at the base. Creamy looking & still, thumb-sized head that’s off-white with great retention & good lacing on the sides.
Roasted malts, a touch of coffee & the same chocolate that appeared in the aroma as well. I could detect some sweetness with hints of faint bitterness alongside some biscuit flavours.
Very smooth & goes down very easily from the start. Carbonation was very soft & the beer was quite dry with a faint bitterness that left you wanting to take another drink straight after the last.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one & it definitely grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. Lighter, smoother & less bitter than Guinness, it’s is a good alternative to that one with a solid taste to back it up. Can’t wait to see how it tastes by the can since it’s hard to find on draught in the UK these days.
hockeybeerguy (1853) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass and a mug. There wasn’t much difference between the two glasses.
The appearance was dark brown color ranging close to black. The head was a film of off white foaminess coating the sides of the glass.
The smell had a nice blend of roasty coffee to sweet dark chocolate. There was also a light milk chocolate coming in as it warmed.
The taste was basically balanced between the roasty coffee to sweet chocolates.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was construed to be somewhat sharp but tame enough to take down at a decent pace.
Overall, Irish Dry Stout? Oh yeah. Done well. Oh yeah. Would this guy have it again. Oh yeah!
edsspoon (366) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can - super dark red with a thick light brown head. Good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Taste of coffee, roasted malt, hints of vanilla and a mild bitter end. Heavy body.
Calisky (601) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUL 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Couleur brune, fort col de mousse cremeuse. Nez leger grillé et houblon. Gout leger café, houblonné, lacté. Corps très aqueux.
MarcHS (10) - - JUL 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little tasteless with some chocolate and some hops. Quite watery. Expected much more from a Irish Stout. Not bad, but not special either.