Leighton (13954) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at The Big Stout Tasting, London - many thanks to Ken for providing this major player. Vintage 2008. Pours dark brown with a rich, brown foam head. Musty dark malt nose with burnt bread, wood and dark chocolate. Medium to big sweet flavor, lightly tangy, with burnt/ wet wood, strong earthy bitterness, dark baking cocoa, some meat. Full bodied with fine, chewy carbonation. Dark sugars on the finish, brownies, dark earth. Rich and full character. Nice.
jackl (5804) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008 Bottle @ THE Stouts Tasting. Cheers to Ken for the pour! The appearance is deep brown with a tiny espresso head. The nose is huge roasty chocolate, rich coffee. Sweet, earthy toffee. Just a hint of dark fruit - raisins and plums. The taste is softly vinous, red grape, more raisin. Rich coffee cinnamon bun. Plenty of roasted chocolate malts. Burnt brown sugar. Mild soy sauce. Full, thick body, soft carb. Plenty of sugar. Overall, quite nice, but there’s a mild raisin-like tang to this that I don’t love. Still, quite good.
thedm (5136) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a very small sized head of frothy dark brown colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque dark brown colored body and a good lacing. The nice aroma was brown malt. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start mediumly tingly at the finish roasted malt aftertaste. The deep flavor contained notes of roasted malt brown malt and hops. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.
suprchunk (2600) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured at Borefts. Black. Small brown head. No lacing. Raisin and plums on the nose with big hints of molasses and chocolate. Sweet molasses taste. Big booze in the nose and throat. Not bad. Lots of sugary sweetness left on the lips.
cpetrone84 (1705) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’07 Bottle. Pour is dark brown, red edges, virtually no head. The nose is very big and rich with roasted malt and a ton of chocolate cake. A bit of alcohol with light smokey peat. Taste is very rich chocolate cake, notes of roasted malt and a touch of coffee rind. Full creamy body, lingering roasty bitterness in the finish and light malt sweetness.
teddybeer (2762) - Madrid, SPAIN - NOV 25, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
[Thanks to oh6gdx]. 25cl bottle. Dark brown colour with a quickly dissapearing tan head, great viscosity while poured. Aroma has toasted and roasted malts notes, licorice, light alcohol, coffee notes. Flavor has notes of dark coffee, alcohol, bourbon, light cocoa notes, black chocolate, wooden hints. The final has notes of dark coffee with an excellent sensation and duration in the aftertaste. Very dense on palate, creamy and smooth. Light alcoholic sensation that is hidden by the coffee and black chocolate notes. Carbonation is low. Body is high. Texture is oily.
neepsntatties (1369) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of "hannont". Colour...black with a thick tan head. Nose...dark molasses, burnt sugar and a little soy. Palate...velvety, coating and plush with dark chocolate and devils food cake leading the charge and sharing the ride with treacle, cocoa mass, baked brown sugar butter and a delightfully boozy aspect that carries across the whole of the palate.
Pyrmir (4226) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at ÖÖWF 2012. 2009 edition on tap, next to the Kaggen-edition, also 2009. Aroma complex, dried fruit, raisins, coffee, fairly sweet. Taste coffee, dried froot, burnt notes without the sharpness. Very nice.
brokensail (13227) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black in color with a small tan head. Opens up with roasted malt, a light char, and heavy chocolate and vanilla aromas. There is a lot of cocoa powder, toffee, and molasses as well, giving it a moderate sweetness. The flavor is well balanced with excellent vanilla, molasses, and toffee underneath all of the roast, chocolate, and coffee characteristics. Excellent body and mouthfeel as well.
Scopey (8999) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2007 bottle at Akkurat. It pours jet black, with a thin tan head. The nose is rich espresso coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, almond, Christmas cake, dark fruit, molasses, cocoa powder and a touch of soy sauce. The taste is roasted malt, rich coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, salted caramel, charcoal, toasted coconut, chocolate, gateaux and toast, with a dry, bitter chocolate finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Incredibly smooth, complex and perfectly balanced. A joy to drink!