jefcon (1303) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, rich, oily black stout. Creamy on both the nose and the tongue: lots of coffee and an orange tinge to the aromas. Much more noticeable on the taste, but with an oaty consistency which is nice. I canít tell you why this brew is cold-filtered -- it is certainly served too cold. Only one black mark on an otherwise exceptionally dry stout. Points off for being a little one-dimensional -- but, hey, if youíre going to brew it, brew it well. They donít need to get fancy with this one.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half pint pulled on St Patrickís Day at The White Horse on Parsons Green (London), black with a large beige head. A roasted aroma. A tanginess and roast to the flavour that drinks nice and think through the head and works well.
UnsofistaCat (230) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím not sure I liked this one much. Kind of thought it tasted like band aides a bit. I lost my notes, so this terrible review will have to do.
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - FEB 5, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Starts off with potential: nice toasted malt nose and a lovely dark brown (near-black) color. Taste is somewhat interesting - roasted malt and coffee flavors - but unbalanced and some sour milk notes. Thin body is covered up by the roasted flavors. Not so thrilling in the end.
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 31, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at The Porterhouse, Covent Garden. Very dark brown color, nice foamy small head. Malt and band aid nose. Sour milk and cabbage taste-not to my liking.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at The Porterhouse, Covent Garden. Reddish brown colour. Not opaque and not very dark for a stout. In fact, rather weedy in all departments. More like a porter really. Unpleasant vegetal, cabbagey aroma. Brewing standards seem to vary at this place. Thin mouthfeel. Not impressed.
KnutAlbert (5720) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Richer than the plain stout, with more complex flavours. Lovely toasty aftertaste of roasted malt.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Covent Garden Location, London) Clear black body with red highlights, creamy tan head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, some chocolate, roasty. Taste is medium sweet, roasty coffee, with a coffee bitter finish. Creamy light-medium body.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2005 On tap at The Porterhouse on Temple Bar, Dublin. Ratings be damned, this is the best stout Iíve had to date. Huge hops and good aroma despite the nitro, which lets it slide down like silk. Good chocolate and mocha but very bitter. A slow drinker, like stout should be.
harrisoni (12492) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Porterhouse Covent Garden.
I am really interested by the division that these beers seem to generate. Some think they are too affected by the nitro keg and taste artificial, some absolutely adore these stouts. I err on the side of the adoration. Sometimes I can have a pint that is a bit listless, but normally I really enjoy the malts, caramels, chocolate and coffees that dominate these beers.