Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @home, pours as black as can be with a thick oil slick head. Sweet like a cake mixture in the bowl with dried fruits carrying the day, bitter on the finish, a very nice beer.
Brentford vs Leyton Orient tasting with McneillR
McNeillR (1325) - SCOTLAND - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with odd whips of yeast, coffee brown head which precipitated interestingly on swirl. Straightforward dark malty, airy cocoa. Fat, thick initial mouthfeel - rich slowcooked malt, seeping coffee. Capable, resilient richness - very thick finish.
Bottle, Beets Leith
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A lovely chestnut like aroma and a complex body with some upfront sweetness and lasting bitterness. Toasty cocoa, bread and charcoal, sherry, dried fruit.
jd543 (404) - SCOTLAND - SEP 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, wood, roast malt, earth. Sweet with a medium duration and a bitter finish. smooth, thick oily texture, light carbonation. Really nice beer.
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle
Thanks to leaparsons for giving me this excellent bottle. Another fantastic London brewery, this is the sort of thing that would have me ignoring other countries in favor of just drinking locally. If all English beers were this good I could see more of them moving on the shelves of American shops.
Aroma / Appearance - An oily black base pours like syrup into the glass. Thick creamy head crawls down the side like sheets of melting chocolate. Hazelnut, coffee, and licorice are a rich blend. Smoky chocolate hangs in the air. For the style this is perfect.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy and chewy chocolate sweeps across the tongue in waves. Each sip is a blend of coffee, bitter chocolate, and espresso beans. The thick finish coats the mouth but lacks the massive booziness of a big huge stout. This is a perfect way to finish up travels around Europe.
laiti (5957) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Bottled 12.03.2013, BBE 12.03.2016
Aroma is sweetish with cocoa notes and coffee. Flavour has salty licorice, soy sauce, herbal notes, coffee, tobacco and ash. Finishes with more herbs that turn into lingering bitterness. Rather good for a foreign stout.
johndoughty (4077) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a small head. Medium body, malty and slightly roasted. Very nice but lacking complexity. Easy to drink and well bottled.
KyotoLefty (6715) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Looks like my rating no. 5,000 came under the tracks at the Partizan brewery, with Neil, Mike, and Karim. 17 August 2013. Bottle. Salty, soy, coffee nose. Black with a nice, fine head. Creamy, sweet flavor, cola and soy sauce, nice and full-on, coffee, umami. Meaty. Nice.
shoulderbroken (2179) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the brewery. Dark brown, golden colour. Aroma is bit spicy, roasty, bit of ginger. Taste similar lots of roast, quite nice, bit spicy too. Ginger, chocolate, slightly bitter.
ClubGonzo (4232) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap sample @ Haand Festival 2013. Pitch black body, small light beige head. Aroma is sweet licorice, ashes, filter coffee, hints of cocoa and leather. Taste is dark chocolate, licorice, hints of sweet grains, leather and hints of ashes and herbs. Full body, medium carbonation. Pretty good.