omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, from Kimberley, BC. Black, small head. Smokey cocoa aroma. Dry and clean with fairy light body. Interesting flavours of smoke and coffee, but a bit sharp in the mouth.
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 31, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at Amberjack Tap House, Surrey, BC
The color is almost black; the head is brownish. Light aroma, burnt paper and roasted malt. Very dry mouthfeel, with harsh roasted malt flavor, weak body. Correct bitterness, all from the black malt. Monodimensional, and not the dimension I prefer.
Oakes (15651) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2016 In practice, this beer was never as good as it was during the testing stage when I first had it. The current review reflects where the beer has basically been for most of its existence. Dark brown. Has a chocolate note, soft body, touch of sweetness but is actually a bit thin in the finish. Ok example
Original review, cask at the Whip, in August, 2007
Looks great - pitch black, nice head. Rich roasty aroma with chocolate, hints of nuts and muscovado sugar. Full, creamy body...just a gorgeous mouthfeel. Low bitterness. Chocolatey, lightly roasty, with light cream notes. Goes down so softly, but with complexity and balance. One of those beers you intend to drink two of but end up drinking ten of. 9 - 5 - 8- 4- 17 = 4.3
mcberko (14406) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 28, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of oat and roasted malt. Flavour of oatmeal, roasted malt and coffee. Decent stout.
Ferris (12741) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Light roast and some chocolate. Jet black brown with a light brown head, roasty notes again with a touch of chocolate. Not as interesting or rich as an oatmeal stout could be but OK.
Sammy (11178) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with light brown bubbly head. Lacey. Below average mouthfeel. This is well balanced, the roastiness is there. But somehow its not that interesting, so-so in taste.
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 18, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle… March 08 Tampa Bay Tasting… Murky black ale with a small, creamy, beige head. The grainy nose imparts notes of blue corn, chocolate, tobacco and a puff of smoke. Light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Well-balanced and inoffensive, but bland, thin and watery. Burnt, tangy finish.
jercraigs (9849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ratebeer Christmas in Oshawa, December 2007. Black body with a small tan head (3+). Moderate roast malt in the aroma. Flavour is similar, dilute roast flavour with underlying malt. Average palate is quite thin for a stout. Ok.
DuffMan (9542) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark chestnut brown, nearly black. Fairly robust brown head that compacts into a thin brown pad, no lacing. Bitter chocolate and burnt malt aroma. Very roasty, burnt toast, chocolate, mild coffee, and just a hint of dark fruits. Dry finish. Quite thin, detracting from the impact of the palate.
MartinT (9369) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
Coffee beans and chocolate evolve into roasted dryness and bitterness in this very drinkable Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam protects the blackness.
-The chosen yeast is quite present and contributes some tartness in the finale.
-The nose made me expect something sweeter, but the flavor profile was balanced and not as round.
-I fear this citrusy tartness could get nagging if the beer is aged a few weeks too many.
Bottle; best before Feb. ’08; thx Stephen!