DrinkEmUpJones (1055) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Extremely dark brown almost black color with sticky off white lacing. Nice notes of dark chocolate on the aroma. The palate has a nice roasted nut feel and is not too heavy. It is very indicative of an English style stout. I can certainly see myself enjoying a few of these on a dreary rainy day.
KajII (755) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle. The pour was a very dark cola brown with an average (1-2 finger) light tan creamy head that was mostly diminishing, down to a thin puddled film and medium collar with excellent sticky sheets of lacing,
The aroma was of roasted dark bread malts and a bold leathery yeast with notes of bitter dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, dark fruit (prunes and plums) and a hint of smoke.
The taste was very roasty and a bit malty with a slight dark fruit sweetness and a note of bitter chocolate from the start, becoming a tad bitterer with a big coffee presence and a touch of smoke right at the end. The flavor lasted a nice long time preceding the swallow, with a bold creamy, bitter, smoky taste left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a few steps past medium in body with a thin creamy texture and a nice soft carbonation.
Overall this is a very enjoyable brew with a good fruity and chocolaty feel along with a bold bitter roastiness, now add a wisp of smoke and you have a very good tasting and easy to drink brew...
Fatehunter (966) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Two fingers of head, almost black colored body.
Smell is the roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee. Strong and bold.
Big roasted malt flavor with moderate bitterness. Nice balance that maintains a strong "dark" taste.
Medium body with moderate carbonation.
The darkness reigns in this beer.
BillKismet (3164) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown, thick creamy light brown head. The noise is sweet roastyness, with perhaps a tint of molasses and lacto. Chocolate banana flavors. Smooth roastyness and a nice grainy touch with a bitter hop finish. Medium-bodied and seems closer to 6% than 8%ABV, though well into the experience, the palate feels some gentle alcohol warmth.
monk191 (607) - California, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good stout. Pours a slightly thinner red-black for a stout, and very little head. All kinds of smells, fruit, nuts and vanilla. Taste is very smooth and malty, less thick then some stouts. A little bit of a milk stout taste. Finishes great. Overall, very good beer.
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beerbastard (607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark cola like. Tan head disappeared. Mild aromas of plums and other dark fruits. Caramel flavors along with licorice. On the sweet side, with a watered down palate. Nice beer, but a little boring.
mattraven (8) - - DEC 21, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours with a light head, very dark brown, looks good, subtle aroma of chocolatey richness
nice mouthfeel, very pleasant to drink, quite thick and creamy
really nice taste, some vanilla and coffee, leaves chocolate aftertaste. hard to believe it’s 8% very drinkable
really enjoyed this, would buy again definately
Tonkun (447) - New York, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a beige head that left a thin layer on top. Chocolate, dried fruit, nuts, coffee. Pretty good smooth balance of alcohol, body, acidity, and sweetness.
Svesse (5679) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught at Bishop’s Arms Folkungagatan, Stockholm, 7 Dec 2012) Black colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of chocolate, dried fruit, liquorice and a touch of smoke. Malty, roasted taste with dark chocolate, dried fruit, dark rye bread, hints of smoke and a gentle, spicy bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, slightly sweetish. Well balanced and tasty. Nice one.
coolpop (1284) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a thin, light tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, light chocolate, a hint of vanilla, maybe some fruit. Flavor is generically roasty and mildly bitter -- not many specific strong flavors. Hints of chocolate, ash, vanilla, dark stone fruit. The flavor opens up a bit as it warms, producing more chocolate and roast. Light to medium body. Nice, but not noteworthy.