tombyars (1316) - Saltcoats, - JAN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint bottle poured into a chalice glass on the 2nd January 2013. Black mahogany in colour with a tint of dark ruby round the edges and a thick mocha coloured head. Strong note of roast malt and bournville chocolate in the long aroma. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Initial black malt gives a distinct burnt toast flavour which gives way to roasted malt with hints of expresso coffee, bitter plain chocolate and dry almond husk. Slightly bitter, dusty hop resin note to the short aftertaste but this fades fast. Finish is full and creamy with sweet treacle toffee and pontefract cake evident. Tastes like a low ABV Imperial Russian Stout. Enjoyable and worth seeking out.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Dark Brown to Black in colour; Deep Red against light. Very Malty; lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, espresso coffee, hints of smoke and vanilla. Very Fruity; dark fruits, berries. Hoppy; slight hop bitterness. Smooth and full-flavoured. Very chocolatey. Sweet roast chocolate malty throughout with a dry malty finish. Deceptively easy drinking for ABV. Nice sweet stout!
wildbeercat (338) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle into a shaker glass; served cold.
Aroma: Lots of sweet milk chocolate, some caramel. It smells like a Milky Way candy bar.
Appearance: Clear, dark ruby body with a medium-sized, dissipating off-white head. Light lacing.
Taste: Burnt marshmallows and dark-roasted malt over a layer of sweet chocolate. Interesting! Almost like a símore.
Palate: Medium bodied, light carbonation, with a medium+, mildly bittersweet finish.
Overall: Pretty tasty stuff; itís like drinking a candy bar or a símore. Quite nice, quite nice indeed. Iíd look for this if it were year-round and I were in the mood for a treat.
Dal9000 (135) - Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark chocolate with a thick tan 2 finger head. Very mild coffee chocolate flavor that stays on the tongue for minutes. A very light stout but good.
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DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Live rate. Leftover bottle from Xmas. Pours glossy, good as black with ruby tints and a slender beige foam disappearing fast. Mildly enticing plum and blackberry and apple crumble notes on the nose; largely yeast, with a scatter of ash. Mellow and slippery with more dominant apple, blackberry and blackcurrant skin character on the palate; gentle fizz, burnt paper, charcoal, very little malt depth. Alcohol very well concealed. Lacks body considering it purports to be an 8% festive stout. Not terribly exciting but a decent enough dark yeasty English.
rmussman (1688) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Received as a stocking stuffer this year. A really mild stout. The flavor was nicely crafted but not what I come to expect from a stout. More of a dark ale.
Iphonephan (2671) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 50 cl bottle shared at home. Pours a dark cola with a light tan head. Aroma of toasted nuts. Flavors of licorice and coffee. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. Bitter roast finish.
alexsdad06 (4527) - Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle during the holidays (why not?). Pours a clear dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, some chocolate, a mild sweetness with a light earthy bitterness to the finish. Thin and watery, it doesnít drink like 8%. I wonít revisit this.
bshep (108) - - JAN 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted like a lemony Guinness. Good for a beer tasting event, or to share with friends, but not something I would drink a whole pint of.
cwooldridge (17) - - JAN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Out of the bottle after a 30 minute rest. not took much to go on for the pour. Itís a stout. Off white creamy head that slowly dissipates. First smell was of cherries and sweet chocolate. Solid flavor of said Cheetos and chocolate and also got done nutmeg in there as well. Very smooth finish after a short lived alcohol flavor.
stevoj (1701) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
smoky and cocolatey, nice combo. Dry finish, taste of dark malt, dark chocolate, ash. Black with creamy head. Sharp, short and dry on the palate.