Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle
I am always willing to try a new stout but this one was subpar. Were it any other style I probably would have passed on it because just sitting on the shelf it gave off bad vibes. Still if you are determined to try as many stouts as possible or everything in California buy one. I just recommend coming in with very low expectations.
Aroma / Appearance - Fluid and black it at least plays the part of a stout. The appearance is a little watery and has only thin chunks of head rather than a beautiful crown. Dark bitter chocolate is not bad but the soy or olive aspect hits the nose hard. Were it not for that defect this would be average rather than subpar.
Flavor / Palate - The smoky start is promising that the aroma is just an aberration. However it soon falls apart on the throat with a mix of chocolate and soy sauce. This is not the worst stout (far from it) but there are definitely flaws that could be improved. I’m glad I only had to drink one glass rather than the whole bomber.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber via trade from BMan1113VR. Pours black with a 1-2 finger creamy light brown head that has good retention. Aroma is roast, light coffee, a hint of char, blueberry, toasted pine nuts, and what seems like a hint of lactose, reminds me a bit of Dark Horse Tres. Flavor is roast, stale/slightly burnt coffee, earthy/woody notes, more berry notes, and a touch of smoke. Palate is medium bodied with a slightly creamy, neutral entry, medium fairly sharp carbonation and slightly dry finish. Good stuff, fairly complex and relatively light on the palate
Miksu (5046) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JAN 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.65 l bottle at Monks Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Black color. Roasty and berryish aroma with blueberry and red currant. Tastes old and stale but not in a completely bad way. There are woody, vinous, medicinal and berryish flavors, soya sauce, balsamic vinegar and red currants. Interesting but also controversial, not completely in balance. I’m sure not whether I like this or not.
Mora2000 (6156) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with a tan head. Smell is lots of roasty malt, with a little dark fruit. Flavor is more roasted malt, with a strong roasted aftertaste. There is a little bit of chocolate in the taste as well. Not a very complex beer, but enjoyable none the less. Recommended.
Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
An interesting and complex beer that somehow misses the mark. Black w/ a pale tan head of fine bubbles which quickly dissipates. Nose is tart and slightly fruity w/ the expected whiff of roasted grains. Flavor too is slightly tart, mildly sweet and fruity. Light mouthfeel (for a big stout) and prickly carbonation. I am not quite sure to make of this, w/ the fruity and coffee overtones it reminds me somewhat of a raspberry chocolate candy but the balance is slightly off.
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 65cl @MC
Dark black-brown color, small beige-brown head. Blackcurrant, licorice, oak, medicinal aroma. A bit sour, some vinegar, licorice, some wood. Feels a bit infected. Lingering balsamico in the aftertaste.
kidmartinek (4688) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with brown accents. Frothy tan head welcomes the first few sips. I’m going to be subtle here now. The nose is complex, smooth malt, mineral, and chocolate. It tastes like a milky malt with a hoppy finish and a hint of honey. The palate is incredibly smooth. It leaves lacing on the glass that’s enough to look at. Now on the sandy side of heaven won’t you take me home.
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Opaque black pour with a thick beige head. Sweet pungent dark fruit aroma. Certainly falls into the Milk Stout/Foreign Stout category. Sugary, with lots of sweet chocolate tones. Really well done for the style. The alcohol level is such that it gives it a nice medium to full body, while retaining a nice semblance of drinkability. The hops perfectly balance the sweet brown sugar flavors. Excellent beer.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malt and slight Diacetyl. Poured black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of acetic acid, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, slight cream, and more acetic acid. Light to medium body. Tingly texture. Average to lively carbonation. Acetic acid, chocolate, and roasted malt finish. Way too much acetic acid.
angrypirate06 (1388) - Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a black body with a small off white head. Aroma is mocha, fudge, coffee, some sweet aromas as well. Flavor is coffee, malty, slight smoke, hint of bitter, some off metallic flavor. Bubbly mouth.