kwoeltje (2151) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(draught) Black body with miniscule tan head. Roast malt aroma. Flavor is boast (burnt) coffee. Thin body.
DanielBrown (3477) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at Oggi’s, Fenton Parkway, San Diego. Violet choc aroma. Looks like espresso, with no head. Rich and very tart Stout. Long aftertaste, which is dry and slightly bitter. A rich coffee taste, but not the smoothest I’ve ever had. Not too bad, a little bitter, with a full, spicy mouthfeel.
ClubGonzo (3198) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared with Palme @ Henrik, Bergen. Pours a black body with small, off-white head which dies rather quickly. Nose is lactic sourness and some dry burnt tones. Taste is burnt toast and roasted malts, with hints of coffee. A bit short on flavor, just like the style it seeks to emulate. OK, but not really my thing.
Sammy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On-tap at Carmel Country Road. Black with some mocha head, lots of lace. Bitter, high carbonation. Dinkable, but this seemed like a Guiness clone. Roasted body, with coffee, very dry. Coffee grounds. Malts get it done, but just an average beer and below average stout.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
solid black, thin brown head, slightly sweet roasted malt aroma, creamy body, roasted malt flavor, a touch of sweetness, unidentified twang
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 8/20
BobbyAnalog (289) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The color is like that of a syrupy oil pan. An interesting silky head, copper in complexion, boils up at the top of the glass. The smell is much like huffing a paper bag full of stale air, to put it nicely as I can. Taste wise, the stout is teeming with a rich, dark chocolate finish. Notes of coffee hover ominously in the background of the beer, but the overall impression is a forgettable one. More like an aged chocolate shake than a suitable beer.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 13, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I couldn't really tell this apart from Guinness. It tasted like a watery coffee, with a little extra chocolate thrown in. Maybe I went in with high expectations, but I was let down.
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the brewpub in Vista. Pours a black body with a finger-width, very creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and actually never completely goes away. Leaves a heavy layered lacing. Again served in a frosted glass...why?! Aroma is pretty bland. Mainly light, sweet malts. I guess there’s a little chocolate and roastiness, but not too much. The flavor is a little better, but not by much. Very bland and muted, again. Malty with some rich chocolate and barely a hint of roastiness towards the back. Lots of sweet fruits, actually, but nothing to balance them out. Palate is medium bodied and watery at the same time. Overall, it may be the frozen glass, but this was pretty bad. No coffee, barely any roast, and boring. Poorly made and bland.
ekstedt (4909) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle (bomber) from rlgk. Black with a rich beige head. Sourish roasted aroma with gunpowder, and some rubber. Acidic with a bit harsh bitterness. Fail.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
22 fl oz bottle, thanks to rlgk
Sampled on April 1, 2011
Clear dark brown to black color, fluffy light brown head. Acidic, butter that’s gone a bit too old, wood scent. Acidic to sour, a bit fruity taste. Metallic and cocoa aftertaste, also coffee. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.