tombyars (1348) - 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.
Dodgrblu (589) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Twenty-Five Ounce bottle from Reno, mild chocolate aroma, and roasty, dry palate.
andrewje41 (330) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours dark. Mild, odd cocoa chocolate flavor with some roasted malt flavor. A very bland, plain stout overall in my opinion. Not the worst, but I wasn’t too impressed.
MattiasA (862) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Backlog. On tap at Green Lion Inn December 2010. Slightly sweet with chocolate, coffe, caramel and roasted malts.
VastActiv (2653) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 18, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 26112011. Colour is almost black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, some coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts.
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 (353) - 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 s’more.
Palate: Medium bodied, light carbonation, with a medium+, mildly bittersweet finish.
Overall: Pretty tasty stuff; it’s like drinking a candy bar or a s’more. Quite nice, quite nice indeed. I’d look for this if it were year-round and I were in the mood for a treat.
Dal9000 (168) - 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 (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, 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 (1702) - 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 (3059) - 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.