KajII (799) - 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...
BlindGuardianco (43) - - OCT 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing very exciting but nothing wrong either, perhaps I just don’t find pure stouts as fun amymore, it went ok with chocolate, I will have it any day on a sampler but not so much as a pint
mkel07 (4417) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Queens Plaza Beer & Wine Brisbane City 110515. It may be well past Christmas but this wet winter’s night is the perfect time to crack this beer open. Initially looks copper coloured when poured but it darkens to a deep brown/black colour. Carries a soft head that can’t decide whether to stay or go. Big aromas and big flavours. Plenty of vanilla, roasted malt and bitterness.
pumpmaster (1279) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
1pint-9oz bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $5.99 Very good.
GnarlyGnome (815) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nothing too exciting... it’s a mild stout in my book. Not as much roast as I’d like, however the chocolate does come through pretty nice. Wouldn’t turn this down, but wouldn’t seek it out either.
rdixon77 (1617) - Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Old rating. A gift from the Krampus. Pretty bad, dark brown, ashy, bittersweet chocolate, slight char, bah humbug.
ClubGonzo (4820) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, from trade with Cuso - cheers man! :-) Pours a near-black deep brown body with a large cloudy off-white head. Aroma is nuts, nougat, grains, caramel, chocolate and hints of toffee and vanilla. Taste is chocolate, vanilla, caramel, grains, bread crust and hints of toffee, dark malts, coffee and burnt toast. Medium to full body, soft to medium carbonation. Quite a tasty stout on the sweet side of things; guess the Christmas profile on this one is a good choice.
danielecamo (845) - ITALY - FEB 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottiglia da 50cl. Colore marrone scuro, schiuma beige poco persistente. Aroma di vaniglia, caramello, cioccolato, liquirizia. Corpo abbast leggero nonostante la gradazione, bevuta appagante con sentori dapprima di vaniglia e caramello seguiti da tostato, cioccolato, liquirizia.
Brandon1989 (437) - Euless, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear amber brown color with a thick tan head that left some pretty good lacing around the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and alcohol. The taste is more of the same with some ashy flavor in there as well with quite a bit of bitterness. This beer is reminiscent of coal with the charred burnt flavor of the roasted malts. Not a huge fan but got the beer 50% off so its hard to pass that deal up.
thirstyrabbit (1494) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown body, minimal head. The label says: "This brew is as dark as it gets". Oh, please - even Guinness Draught is way darker than this. I would say that for a stout it has a low darkness. Aroma has medium roast and some buttery hints. Also some coffee. Sweet buttery taste. This may or may not be diacetyl. Finish has berries. Very fruity-sweet and milky. The milky aspects are over the top, otherwise it’s somewhat drinkable. PS: Dear copywriter, I am sorry that Christmas is a sad and lonely time of year for you.
Marduk (4239) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Clear dark mahogany color. Medium size, beige head, stays. Mellow roast, bit of chocolate, sweet in aroma. Sweet, roasted malts, chocolate, ashy taste. Very rough. Medium bitterness. Malty body. It’s a struggle to drink it.