JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 from Michael Jackson’s Beer Club. Label says 7% abv. It’s quite a nice dry stout, with a nice chocolatey aroma and a bit of smoke in there. As the beer warms, some roast and barley in there, and a pleasing milky consistency that goes well with the chocolatey qualities. Not too much personality, and a bit thin, but I’d happily drink this again.
jcr (2320) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bitter for a dry stout, but still solid and enjoyable. Fizzy light brown head above a dark, opaque body. The heavy aroma presents smells of roasted and burnt malts, molasses, coffe, smoke and hops. The flavor is lightly sweet, heaviy acidic and moderate to heavily bitter. Very dry and somewhat chalky finish. Medium body.
ogivlado (6288) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 12, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at The Porterhouse, Covent Garden, London.
Deep black coloured, creamy head, chocolate nose. Roasted malt and chocolate aroma with chicory notes and strong bitter finish. Very nice and heavy stout.
Ibrew2or3 (7420) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours black with explosive rocky mocha head and crazy sheet lacing. The aroma has a moment of roasty to burnt malts before a big malted-fig-cotton-ball smell rears up. Odd. The taste starts with mild dark fruitiness from figs, dates and prunes before roasty, mild chocolate malts, malt balls, some vanilla and burnt malts join the fray. Yum. It ends with mostly malt notes and some rich dark chocolate.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Frsh off the tap this was a dark brown topped night. A fine stout with a strong hop attack at the back, and a deep flavour of roast.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle, MJ Rare Beer Club, marked as 7% ABV: Black as night pour with an incredibly thick and creamy tan head. Wow, this is hoppy for a dry stout. The nose is orange and lemon juice and zest, pine and perfume on top of a soft, bitter chocolate note. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominate the body. Finishes a bit chalky and dry on the tongue.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Thanks Joe. Was nice to see I hadn’t rated this one, I had it at a previous tasting but must have never taken notes on it. Oh well, stoutie ratings rule. Brown body with a light tan head. Very fluffy, nice lasting power and lacing. Smell is a bit odd, some detergent or soap powder, also some fruity esters, licorice, chocolate, coffee and some charred malts. Flavor is similar, but thankfully dropping much or all of the detergent note, and leaving just a pretty good dry stout behind. Body is appropriate to style, drinks very easily. Finish is short to medium in length, a bit bitter or astringent with some coffee and chocolate notes.
FatPhil (10662) - 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.