presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with almost no head. Light sweet smoke flavour. Sweet start then smoke middle then burnt sugar finish and finally sweet smoke aftertaste. Alcohol starts to build through each sip. Doesn’t seem to gel and come together. A number of good pieces that don’t seem to coalesce.
TimE (2943) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color, with light brown head. Tobacco leaves, snuff, milk chocolate, lots of roasted malts and a touch of smoke, slightly sweet nose. The mouth is surprisingly sweet and wham smoke hits and it is just about smoked gouda then some gouda, but too sweet, for what it is. A bit unbalanced. Liquorice. Interesting, but think a drier more roasty version would be excellent.
probstblueribbon (2701) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. 17DE10.
App.: Brown-black with a nice grey-deep mocha foam.
Aroma: A interesting combination of thick, meaty Bamberg-style smoke with rich, lovely dark chocolate, milk chocolate and some hints of vanilla, a metallic note, some molasses and licorice in the background, some esters?, alcohol.
Palate: Medium-full body, soft, silky effervescence.
Flav.: Lots of chocolate, slightly fruity, still quite a bit of meaty smoke but it takes a backseat (almost) to the malts, some ester hints, alcohol, a little molasses and licorice, still a touch metallic, interesting; sweetness over-shadowed by bitterness, molasses, licorice, smoke and alcohol on the finish.
Great choice, LCBO!
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 500 ml
Aroma: creamy dark malts , sweet top, gum with hint of pit. Mild approach for such big brew. Clean. 8-
Appearance: dark oily brown with large frothy mocha head. Rings of lace on show. Neat appearance.
Flavour and Palate: Full bodied. Roasted barley with smoked malt and alcohol. Stll felt quiet young with its alcoholic dryness. Soft body noted below. Blend of roast with gentle hint of smoke. Good , solid strong stout.
rwgould (325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 0.5l bottle. Aroma is very very malty, sweet, a bit of caramel, but not much of a smokey scent, though it is there. Appearance is thick and black, head is thick and foamy. Looks like a solid beer. Palate is not as thick as I was expecting, but it’s not thin either. Taste is strong, very malty, slightly smokey, and quite sweet. Pretty good.
Ontbeertaster (2257) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice beer, the smoke really comes in the taste. Nice and black color. tastes better as you sip more of it.
Tessic (813) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This stout poured a deep black colour with a beautiful, big, creamy, light brown coloured head. To the nose there are scents of plastic, smoke, leather and roasted malt. First sip was smooth but a little over-carbonated. Sharp to the tongue, flavours of medicinal gauze, smoke, very roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Finish is slightly bitter with smokey hops lingering.
JRock72 (605) - - DEC 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours no head. A little smoke comes through at first then finishes roasty.
sunevdj (3020) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Pours an opaque black with a diminishing beige head. Smells of smoked malts and hints of Belgian yeast. Sweet with aromas of smoked malts, coacoa and dried fruits. Also hints of alcohol and tiny hints of salt. Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Dry finish with more smoke and chocolate aromas finished off with touches of roasted malts. Good!
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured black, small tan head. strong smokey aroma. nose was smokey with a roasted malt finish.