Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black colored, medium brown head. Chocolate, roastiness and good Guinness-creamy tones in aroma. Medium bodied. Roastiness is strong in this stout with mild coffee, aftertaste lasts with roastiness and dryness. Fine lace in glass.
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap (Nitro), The Porterhouse, Dublin: Almost opaque black. Just a few hints of deep ruby here and there. Full bodied roastiness with a very hefty whack of bittering and flavour hops. It is actually quite bitter back-palate, though nicely balanced by some background sweetness. The hop presence is quite distinctly herbal and really works. In the end the combined bitterness was a bit much really, and so it lost a point for it. However, this is supposed to be a confrontingly bitter beer. I just felt the balance was a little out. Still a fine beer though.
awebster (165) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 30, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good stout. Creamy head, not too dry, good malty characteristics. Almost like a porter to me.
jefcon (1377) - 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 (235) - 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 (2561) - 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 (2470) - New Jersey, USA - 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 (7347) - 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 (6067) - 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.