pootzboy (1568) - Hawgville, Ontario, - NOV 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle – pours a pitch black ale in the glass with a smallish tan cap. Modest carbonation. Aroma is really understated for this style – you get some roast ant burnt cocoa a bit of maltiness and not much more. Flavor starts off as a contemporary Choco-stout but mid palate and through the finish there is an astringence and sourness that should not be there on this style (no I didn’t get a bad bottle because the other 3 were the same). All in all this is not a bad brew per se but the sourness is a hold back in enjoying the drink. Won’t be back to buy another of this one as long as Young’s is on th shelves.
sulawang (497) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Visual: "Winner of the Australian International Beer Award 2011 Champion Stout". Pours super dark brown with barely any head, very thin ringed retention, some activity on the surface.
Nose: Very deep roasted coffee and liquid chocolate. (10)-aromatic strength.
Attack: deep richness, syrupy mouthfeel
Mid-palate: (6)-sweetness, (MAIN) mocha, vanilla, roasted coffee, malts, cola
Finish: light alcohol, malty-roasted bitter finish.
Summary: A very nice balance of bittersweet flavours. Decent body but more creaminess and a bit thicker mouthfeel would’ve made this super awesome. (Note: numbers above are on a 10-point weak-strong scale)
pintbypint (2274) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml brown bottle. Black pour, low sitting creamy tan head. Nose has rich cocoa/chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Taste has vanilla, coffee grounds, chocolate. Finish has roast, and lots of lingering cocoa and bitter coffee. Body is light and carbonation mild. Overall, a good beer, but would have liked a bit more mouthfeel. Coffee and cocoa notes were nice though.
Gerbeer (1233) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. Pours an almost opaque dark brown with moderate head of big tan bubbles that dissipate quickly. Aroma of heavily roasted malts, brownies, and dusty dry cocoa. Flavors of bitter chocolate, black coffee, and roasted malts. Light, acidic, and overly carbonated. Sweet? I don’t think so.
CapFlu (4244) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
500ml bottle purchased from Spinnakers Liquor Store in James Bay. Large brown frothy head with an opaque body. Nose of nutty malt and tonic water. Flavour is thin and metallic, some roastiness but overall lacking complexity. Below average.
DuffMan (5793) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with my wife. Dark brown with a frothy light brown head. Malty aroma, roasty and bready, Chocolate liqueur. Roasty malt and fudgey chocolate palate, nice and full-bodied for a lower ABV stout. Very good.
stantheman (487) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A 500 ml bomber from Central City Liquor Store in Surrey. Black in color with generous tan head. Chocolate on the nose. Flavors of chocolate and coffee, with a bit of hop note on the back end. Quite nice.
gnoff (7030) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Beer DeLuxe, Melbourne, on July 30, 2013.
I’m guessing it was the 2012, it stated 4.9% ABV anyhow.
$10 for a small pour, not cheap.
Black color with hints of dark brown, brown head. Cocoa, chocolate, smooth, a bit sweet taste. Chocolate, cocoa aftertaste. Medium to smooth mouthfeel, medium dry bitterness. Dark chocolate scent.
reebtogi (3709) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle pours dark brown (almost black) in color with a finger and a half of light brown head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by chocolate and roasted grains with some hints of hops. Taste is a bold chocolate malty sweetness with some roasted grain and grassy hop bitterness. Body is a little thin for the style and carbonation is just adequate. Quite a good brew, but there are certainly better opportunities out there in the world of stouts.
ComradeK (859) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a moderate beige head, which lasts well and leaves reasonable lacing. Bittersweet dark chocolate mixes with cappucino, toasty malt and mild herbal, leafy hops to create the aroma. Mild floral and leafy hops notes up front give way to a luscious mix of dark chocolate and milky cappucino, wrapped in oatmeal smoothness. Bittersweet cocoa and roasty malt give it a little kick at the finish. This is a seriously excellent stout. The blend of chocolate and smooth oatmeal gives it a lovely rich, velvety body.
Maris (849) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 500ml bottle (batch 313, BB 7/2014, shared by Butz with thanks). ABV is listed as 6.5% not 4.9%. Pours a very dark brown with a smallish head. Has quite a strong aroma of dark chocolate with a touch of roasted malt. The flavour is lots of dark bitter sweet chocolate, a good dash of cocoa, and a medium roasty bitterness. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Very nice stuff.