omhper (19695) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Near black with small off-white head. Aroma of roasty malt and metal. Dryish with creamy oat flavour and notes of blood. Light bodied with clean mouthfeel and salty finish.
Oakes (12743) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 23, 2000
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2005 Almost black colour with a natural, rough-hewn head. Chocolatey, lightly coffeeish aroma jumps out of the glass with hints of vanilla sugar and almonds. Body is moderate with light chocolate and cocoa notes. Finishes too watery, though. A beer that starts off fairly strong with appearance and aroma, then tails off as you drink it until the finish leaves you wishing you had a St. Ambroise on deck.
Bov (9629) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 14, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 courtesy of Oakes - pours a very dark brown, almost black colour under a little and chaotic foam; toasted nose, aroma of licorice, cold coffee and ashes; good malt body; some typical tartness from the oatmeal; long dry and bitter finish with more notes of cold ashes and a touch of black chocolate
Sammy (8760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like a shwartzbier,not that that’s a bad thing, and tastes like an Irish dry stout, with a very dry finish. This popular offering from B.C. has a mahagoney coloured body with a ring of lace, after the off-white head dissipitates. Slightly acidic, the oatmeal is there, balanced towards bitter coffee.
JoeMcPhee (8511) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown-black colour with a very thin head that leaves a thin film on the surface. Smell is quite toasty and warm, molasses and coffee notes dominate. Taste is pleasant. Coffee, toasted malt, in a fairly thin bodied stout. Nice dry finish.
JorisPPattyn (7983) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black beer with hidden burgundy depths; yellow-brown medium head. Very typical Ersatzcoffee & burnt oats nose, additional charcoal and liquorice aromas, rather sweet. Again charred, ashes-like roasted oats & grains taste. Little real sweetness, finishes in a hoppy & chicory bitterness, ending rather harsh. Mellows again with warming. Bit empty MF, nearly watery texture. Dry-ish. Palate is a bit thin, and charcoal character a wee bit outspoken. Yet not bad.
MartinT (7974) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Any first impressions?
-A veil of foam settles atop the nearly opaque darkness.
-Licorice, caramel, and chocolate sweetness benefit from some roastiness in the nose.
-Vegetal roastiness and chocolatey sweetness don’t quite get along, as chicory attempts to create friendship.
-A slick body is lean for the style, but helps drinkability.
What if you dig deeper?
-The aroma’s too mild and simplistic to really induce pleasure in this hedonist.
-Finishes with subtle roastiness and supportive wooden hoppiness.
-Increased malt substance would be appreciated.
-A decent, quiet stout which would benefit from being a little more talkative.
Bottle, date scratched from October to December?
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2006
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Black body with a small tan head. Mild dilute roast aroma. Flavour has a very mild roast that while dominant in the flavour can hardly be described as having any heft to it. Thin palate, especially for the style. Disappointing.
DuffMan (6901) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown, slightly hazy, dense tan cap. Rich chocolate and coffee roast aroma. Same flavour profile, with coffee dominating, and an ashy earthy element. Quite an assertively bitter finish. A very nice stout in my opinion. I didn’t find it watery at all.
mcberko (6726) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
341mL bottle, pours dark amber brown with a small off-white head - barely looks like a stout. Aroma of sweet chocolate, oats and some light roast. Flavour is simple, but pleasant, of some sweetened cocoa, oatmeal, and some roast. Very watery stout - one of the most thin I’ve encountered. The flavours are decent enough, if weak, but this is missing body. Not so good an attempt.