bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. The colour is pitch-dark; the medium compact, two-finger high foam is brown with some beige spots.
The smell is full of burned dry malts and some coffee with a hint of butter/cream.
The carbonation is rather strong (stronger than I expected for a stout) with small bubbles.
The taste is burned with dry notes of coffee, dark bread, soil, toffee cookies and a touch of salt. The body is rather weak with a medium-strong bitterness. The aftertaste is also burned with a creamy feel and a slowly growing sweetness. It is not particularly long lasting, but well balanced.
I found this being a rather mild stout, making it easy to drink.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black, large, rich firm, brown head. Full roasty aroma with loads of dark malt with a whiff of smoke. Nice. Full-bodied for a 4 % ABV brew! Rosaty, vlean and smooth flavour. Clean roasty aftertaste of coffee with a hint of peat. Quite pleasant, this..
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black opaque color, nice brown head. Strong roasted coffee aroma. Surprisingly high carbonated. Starts with crispy bite and ends with somehow thin palate. Flavor is roasted with lasting dry coffee, ending is mildly hopped and bitter. Not very dimensional brew, still nice basic stout.
donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
overall a very good stout, dark mealy body. rich colocate and coffee flavors which do not change much over time.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A deep black color with visible carbonation during the pour. The head is a light brown and rocky. Lacing is good ‘n sticky. Aroma is like a chocolate mousse; chocolaty, and lightly alcoholic with some roasted notes. Flavor is surprisingly bitter in the middle (the start is quite undetectable) and lacking in a sweetening balance. Palate is light bodied and watery with a lingering bite. The flavor seems to improve over time, although it is still quite one-dimensional.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 9, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottled) Very dark reddish brown color with a medium, beige head. The aroma has both dry and roasted, as well as a sweetish-malty character. Very malty, quite roasted flavor with some fruitiness. Overall the flavor is on the sweet side. Slightly dull finish is compensated by the long, lingering, roasted aftertaste. Medium-bodied, somewhat carbonated and slightly thin palate with sticky finish. Quite warming despite the low ABV. A pleasant and well-balanced stout, although not quite spectacular. Another quality brew from Orkney.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I thought this one was pretty good. Nose was malty, no surprise there. Nice big creamy tan head, and lots of interesting toasty and coffee flavors. Finish had a hint of hops. Nice stout.
jimhilt (2478) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a five-finger plus (pour very slowly) light brown head that is thick and frothy leaving a ton of lace. Totally black color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is roasted coffee. Starts with a strong roasted coffee flavor and finishes slightly bitter. $3.49 for a 500ml bottle, Liquor Barn Lexington, KY.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The appearance on this Stout was the highlight. Poured a deep opaque brown with a creamy light brown head. Fantastic Head Retention with excellent lacing left behind.
The usual subtle coffee and chocolate flavors but I noticed some molasses and some roastiness or burntness to the malt as well. Very subtle caramel or toffee type flavor. Can’t really pick it up though.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours black with a nice tan head and some lace. The aroma is roasty and chocolate. The flavor is lactic, roasted, chocolate, and has a fairly rich palate but at the same time quite seemingly artificially carbonated. Ya know, overall, this is not real bad, but also not real good. I’ve had some good beers this evening, and I really do not want to bias my rating of this, but I’m not real impressed.