FatPhil (10095) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Keg (Porterhouse, Dublin)
Black, nitro head. In the most recent one I had, nitro kills the aroma, but some darkly roasted malts detectable. Rich roasted malty taste - sweet but bitter chocolate. Dry, punchy and bitter - an excellent Irish stout. Had previously with more aroma - much improved the experience, and old higher rating preserved. Let this warm, and swirl some of the gas out of it to appreciate it best.
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasted coffee and chocolate with hoppy aroma. Hoppy and bitter aftertaste with a beige head. Mouth feel is very silky smooth. A very nice stout.
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Porterhouse, Coven Garden. Deep brown with creamy off-white head. Taste is rich dark chocolate, coffee and malty. Aroma is roasted malts, dark chocolate and caramel. Finish is slightly dry.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with large creamy head. This was a very good beer with huge roasted flavors throughout. smooth and creamy on the palate. Puts that other famous Irish stout to shame.
Wobbler (46) - IRELAND - SEP 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a huge beer, expecially for its strength. Dark brown, thick creamy yellow head. It looks fantastic. It has a really strong burnt taste with a huge bitter finish. The best Irish stout I’ve tasted.
Gorbalev (2995) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle Shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, courtesy of Hogtown Harry (thanks Swoopjones!!) Wow, big thanks to Harry for sharing this one, I’ve always wanted to try something from these guys. With a label that claims that they’re modeling their beer after the stuff Michael Collins and crew used to drink, well, that’s pretty neat too, here goes. Dry dry dry aroma - dusty, sweet with some chocolate - good start. Pitch black, medium brownish head. Very dry taste - great full body, molasses, chocolate, some hops. Milky. Very drinkable. A wonderful session dry stout that exceeded my very high expectations.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010
Date: June 02, 2007
Appearance: black, wispy beige head
Aroma: dry roasted malt and dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich bitter dark chocolate flavor, only a touch of sweetness at first but disappears as it gets warm, picks up a light tartness upon warming
Date: April 10, 2010
Source: hop city
Appearance: black, frothy beige head
Aroma: dry roasted aroma
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of dark chocolate bitterness, touch of sweetness eventually emerges, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
MJ’s Rare Beer Club 7/13/07: Black body w/a lasting medium sized beige head. Metallic w/ sherry like oxidation at first in the aroma, then prunish dark fruit esters. Also minerally. Very light chocolate & roasted grains and a touch of soapy hops with hints of toasted and caramel malts. The flavor is well balanced between sweet and bitter up front, but finishes bitter and lingers into the aftertaste. Light chocolate malt, and again, a soapy flavor w/ herbal and earthy hop presence. Brown sugary at the start and some lightly toasted malt. Light raisiny ester in the flavor and also a touch of alcohol. Fuller medium body, warming alcohol, low carbonation, and a dry m/f. Okay but not great! A bit too harsh around the edges to be truly enjoyable for me.
blankboy (6435) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours an impenetrable dark brown with a large mostly-lasting fluffy light-brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, fresh green hops, cocoa and a hint smoke -- very unique aroma. Flavour’s dry with lightly roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a nice amount of hops. Medium bodied, smooth creamy mouthfeel. A somewhat unique and very enjoyable Stout.
mansquito (3930) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Off-white head, with a dark brown body. Caramel and roasted malt aromas. Lots of roasted malts in the taste along with the bitter chocolate and the coffee. Noticable hops in the taste as well. More bitter than most stouts are methinks. I expected more, but I got something respectable.