KajII (783) - 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...
tmoreau (2562) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared 16.9 oz. bottle, poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue with ruby highlighting, a modest layer of brownish tan head foam, and spots of lacing. The nose was roasted & cocoa, with a bit of molasses, and dark fruit. Light to medium bodied, with low carbonation, the taste added a moderate, earthy hop bitterness. Seemed a bit washed out and oxidized, but didn’t offend as the other "secret Santa", The Bad Elf.
dliberto (191) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle into a snifter. Pours a dark clear brown with a small white head. Aroma consists of yeast, caramel, nuts, dark fruit, and some bitter chocolate. Taste has all the above flavors with a smoke and tobacco flavor to it. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. It is okay.
Darkmagus82 (1812) - - DEC 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a pitch black color with a big grayish-tan colored head. The big bubbly head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is much lighter in the roasted department then would be anticipated. It is heaviest of a caramel and malty smell with a bit of coffee and roast. Other aromas of toffee and molasses as well as a bit of vanilla and cocoa are there as well, along with a very light earthy hop smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a blend of a roasted malt and caramel sweetened nature. There is a bit of cocoa flavor that is present upfront with this flavor later being joined by flavors of coffee as the taste advances to the end. All while the coffee increases, some flavors of an earthy hop nature come to the tongue as well, and with the coffee, end up bittering the taste quite a bit more. Some sweeter brown sugar and a bit of cream join the tastes more toward the end, and with a little bit of grainy taste, leave a sorta weakly roasted/dark stout flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the style, it is a good feel overall, although for the lack of roast, a little more carbonation may have been slightly better.
Overall – Ah… A decent brew, but really not that special and not what I would consider a dark roastad ”as black as the lump of coal you’ll be getting for Christmas” as proclaimed by the label.
Mr_Pink_152 (1028) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from favourite beers. Dark almost black colour with a fan head. Aroma and taste have roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.
FestDecBeet (227) - - DEC 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Look: pours a dark black. Light brown head.
Smell: chocolate. Bitter sweet chocolate. Alcohol. Sweet makes.
Taste: coffee. Bitter chocolate. Smokey malt. Bitter.
Feel: rather thick mouth feel. Definitely a dryness to it.
Overall: ok beer. Not a big fan of the flavor. Description is slightly misleading. I feel more bitterness than sweetness.
First drank: home 12/6/14
solidfunk (4474) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
An element of sourness ere, almost like berry - the keg has certainly gone bad. Pours maroonish without much head or lacing. Light tang in finish with some sourness. Not a huge fan - this is certainly worth giving to bad kids on Christmas. Cask at Churchkey.
gregwilsonstl (1140) - Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting. A lot going on here. My grandma gave me coal one year. A lot of dark licorice.
superspak (2827) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/5/2012. Pours clear nearly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, toffee, toast, dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, licorice, light smoke/char, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly creamy/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice Foreign stout style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt and moderate fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.
slowrunner77 (6081) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"i can’t imagine this was ever an imperial-it’s an english sweet stout and comes in at 6.8%, not 8. It’s aroma & flavor is on the sweet side. Pleasant enough but not terribly complex. No comparison to Sam Smiths Oatmeal or even St. Peter’s. Ends up being a little thin on the palate whether an imperial or not. Overall, a decent beer but nothing I need to try again."
Bulk_Carrier (2247) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a mug and a sniffer. The head was about the same size, it just lasts longer in the snifter.
The rest of the appearance was a dark brown close to black color. Once the head dies, the lacing was semi-thick and clung nicely.
The smell had a little bit of roasty coffee along with roasted chocolate and just a tad of lingering booze in the background. Was that some light cinnamon too? Maybe, if so, that’s really light.
The taste was basically the same.
On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body. Sessionable? Not exactly, I sipped this one for the most part.
Overall, I say this was a good foreign stout to definitely have again.