AndrewC (338) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Bit disappointed with this. Smells of sour coffee. Big coffee-grounds flavour to start with followed by bitter/tart red cherry flavours. Quite vinous and tart, with this continual whiff of coffee-grounds. I donít see me buying this again unless I see it in cask.
Gary (1662) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2009 This was bottle conditioned . Very swillable and smooth. Customary roasted malt.giving birth to hella lot of coffee. I like the vibez.Its nice and eazy .
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Arden Wines. Coke-hued pour with ruby tints and a billowing yellowy head. Nose of sour grape, dab of soy, iron, blackcurrant jelly and smoke. Mostly sour grape. Too thin, acidic and fizzy for a stout. Reminds me of a sourish/smoky Belgian attempt. Mouth mostly woodsmoky burnt bitterness. Chocolate, dark fruit and bramble in there. Ends dry with a punch of bitterness from the underlying hops as much as the roasted malts. Cigar-like smoky afters. Weird, unstouty and packed with detritus but perfectly drinkable.
cgarvieuk (17310) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home ... Deep red brown ... smokey chocolate malt nose ... very fruity very smokey ... quite a lot of berry fruit ...
leaparsons (8837) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Black with a beige head. Aromas are bitter roast malts with plenty of nuttiness. Some chocolate with yeast. Flavours are bitter coffee with hints of berry fruit. Yeasty and dry with gritty notes and a short finish. Decent, despite its faults.
Fin (8324) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2008
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle, Dodgií Delií Cowley Road 21-05-08 Pours v.dark brown with tan head, some sourness on the nose, fruity and a bit sour in the mouth I donít get creamy, hoppy, smokey, or chocolate as per description, in short this is a pretty poor stout Iím afraid to say.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Sim rate (cask at Hove BF): Choco-caramel aroma. Itís more like a mocha really. Oaty, sweet, like a sweet Belgian waffle. Dark but not opaque with a red tinge and good lacing. The flavourís not quite as sweet and chocolately as the aroma. Itís a bit bitter in the finish... like real cocoa.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned - handpump - Criterion Leicester. A black coloured stout with a losse white coloured head. The aroma when it can be ascertained is very burnt and roasty. The taste is heavy on the coffee. Like the aroma there seems to be a thinness of character. That is the palate feels really thin and the finish short. Drinkable all the same.
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
One of the weirdest beer Iíve ever had. A viscous looking black beer that grows a monstruous (litteraly) tan head that remains alive thanks to obnoxious carbonation that keeps the beer in constant movement. Sour blackberry notes are dominated by soured stale yeast and rotting malt flavours. Taken over dark chocolate notes. Extremely chewy oatmeal-like texture (not oatmeal stout, the real deal, a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, as thick and cerealic as that) A non-newtonian liquid really that surprises you when you look, smell or taste it. I canít call it pleasant.
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2007
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Yet another terrible beer from my local brewery, I am sad to say. Nobody wants Stout to be fizzy like lager, but this was unbelievably flat and stagnant - not a lot different from drinking sewage really, though that may have a bit more kick and taste! Nelson just produce piss-poor beer basically