robforbes (2147) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a thick black (opaque) with a large brown bubbly head.
smell is cocoa, touch of coffee, licorice, slight vanilla, a whiff of smoke.
taste is thick creamy, dark and bakers chocolate, touch of espresso, end is dry and slightly bitter, a woody aftertaste.
TimE (4835) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black color with a dark brown head. The nose is very unique with strong salty black licquorice, dark chocolate, treacles, and tobacco notes. Did I mention how salty this is? Very dry and intense mouth with salty black licquorice, dark chocolate and dark fruit. Sightly warming. Med body. Saltiness just lingers in the mouth. Truely an amazing stout that is not getting its props.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is dusty, detergenty with some dark fruit and dark roasted malt. The body is black with a crazy lasting, thick mocha head. The first sip is sweet chocolate, fruity, malty and it has a very creamy feel. Lingering ashy, sweet fruit flavor with a bit of astringency.
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ Porterhouse, Dublin: Black, long lasting cafe au lait head, notes of coffee, liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt,mainly bitter and dry finish.
mjs (6117) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught at Porterhouse on 2008-07-01) Almost black. Medium-sized dense tan head. Almost burned aroma in nose. Full and dry palate. Hops, roasted malts and lots of bitterness in taste. Sligtly boring. Ok aftertaste.
Maria (10212) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Tom/After4ever. It’s a black beer with a huge, nice, creamy and nougat colored head. The aroma is mild and has notes of roasted malt, coffee and licorice. The flavour has a light sweetness, notes of chocolate, coffee, licorice, roasted malt and it’s smooth with a nice body. It’s really not very complex, but it’s uncomplicated and very harmonic and constantly invites to another sip, then another etc. I like it a lot!
McCracken (14) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured impenetratably jet black with a light brown, long-lasting, tight head. The aroma surprised me a bit as I got more hop aroma than roasted barley. Still though, the roasted factor was nicely presented around a very complex chocolate, brown sugar and balanced EKG herbal note. The flavor was great as well though more molasses-like than in the aroma with a great dry, roasty and lightly grainy/astringent lingering finish. Very creamy in the middle and nice and dry in the finish. Good use of flaked barley. This is a really nice beer that actually hides it’s 7% alcohol pretty well. I could drink a lot of these and nothing else over a night, and be very, very happy.
Daithi8640862 (24) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very strong powerful stout with distinct flavourings of roasted malt and tobacco.The tobacco was unusual but i quite liked it.hint of coffee and more roasted malt in the finish. Took a few pints but im starting to like it a lot
jake65 (3315) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Dark brown pour with a nice sized tan head. Aroma is roasty and sweet, light cocoa and coffee. Flavor is again roasty and sweet with a bittersweetness too. The roast is just right and really takes the center of the brew. Thanks BuckDich.
Finn (6116) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at The Porterhouse, Covent Garden 29 Apr 08. Black with a creamy light brown head. Modest aroma of chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt and chocolate. A pleasant dry roasted finish.