saxo (13331) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from AlesByMail.co.uk. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, lactose sugar, chocolate, coffee, licorice and hops.
Beersiveknown (2366) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home from trafalgar wines, Brighton.
Dark russet tinged brown with lacing of offwhite head. Coffee, dark chocolate, touch of tobacco. Full bodied, light carbonation, toasty malt, roast barley, dry, some burnt malt, ash.
imdownthepub (9442) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled, 330ml from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Black with tan head. What a wonderful aroma on opening, rich dark chocolate and roasty malts. Sleek pour, quite big on the palate with coffee husk and liquorice, very darkly roasted malt. A bobby dazzler.
jamestulloch (981) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Burnt toast, charcoal, dark chocolate, liquorice, plum and salted caramel.
Appearance: Black body with a thin beige head. Light lacing marks.
Taste: Similar to the aroma but with more coffee and a blackcurrant finish. Very bitter and roasted with virtually no hint of the high alcohol content.
Palate: Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Soft carbonation prickle.
Overall: A lovely, roasted Foreign Stout. This bottle was 8.7% ABV.
larsga (5892) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small beige head quickly disappears. Opaque black body. Roasty licorice aroma with spicy milky earthy notes. Dry-sweet chocolatey licorice and wood taste with earthy spicy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft, smooth mouthfeel. Dryish chocolatey spicy wooden aftertaste with roasted rice and grain notes. Lovely, delicate, vivid, highly drinkable. (0.33l bottle, from House of Trembling Madness, York.)
FatPhil (8347) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle - shared by VastActiv - thanks!
Very nice smooth soft coffee aroma. A bit messy in the taste. Sticky and mashy. Too burnt. Nice espresso finish, though. One dimensional, and as such quite uninteresting. Some ashiness later.
rosenbergh (5936) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. G 000-001. Bottled on 29/11/2012. BB 29/11/2015. Courtesy of VastActiv. Ta!
Pitch black colour with a tiny dark tan head.
Roasted malt, coffee and mild hoppy bitterness in the aroma.
Very roasted malty flavour with coffee. There’s no hoppiness in the flavour. Very dark and roasted. Too roasted for me.
mjs (4150) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, 0.33 l, courtesy of VastActive, 20130713) The beer poured black. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had roasted malts, liquorice, coffee and dark chocolate. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were liquorice, coffee, ash, roasted malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty and bitter. A good strong stout.
VastActiv (1973) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.33l (via alesbymail). Colour is black with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, coffee, hops and roasted malts.
lusikka (5169) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beige foamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, leather, biscuit and chocolate. Flavour is really rich with roasted malts, nuts, biscuit, strong bitterness, coal, pepper and ash. Mellow honey-like sweetness as well. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a long, rich, dry, warming, lingering bitter, tad sweet finish. Balance is as good as it gets. Great stuff!