omhper (18947) - 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 (13533) - 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 (11779) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, The Whip
This brew is a prototype, sold to the beer geek public to get some feedback. Given that the feedback was an overwhelming "Don’t change a thing!" look for this beer to launch in September, draught & bottle, basically unchanged.
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.
hopscotch (8529) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Oakes for sending this one along. Dark black pour with a thick but fast-fading dark brown head. Aroma is quite soft and chocolatey. Some nice roastiness and a touch of oaty character. Flavour is also full of bitter chocolate, some light herbal character and a bit of licorice. A lingering roasty bitterness on the back. Nice soft flavour of earthy hops as well. A little thinnish on the palate, but I like it.
Sammy (8094) - 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.
MartinT (7523) - 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!
jercraigs (7337) - 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.
Ughsmash (7001) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber, thanks to Mark! Poured medium-deep brown with a lovely initial cap of tan head.. might’ve been a "5" if it didn’t settle down quite quickly. The aroma picked up moderately-roasty chocolate, molasses, and caramel undertones.. almost smelled syrupy, but that’s OK.. dark and enticing on the back of the nose. The flavor was along the same lines.. sweeter chocolates and treacle at the core with a smooth oaty texture.. somewhat sour at the edges from coffee and tannins.. sweeter finish caught some of that latter character, which detracted from the goodness a little. Medium-bodied and it wanted to be smooth on the palate, but the sharper edges kept getting in the way. OK overall.
DuffMan (6153) - 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.