yeastforbrains (3) - FRANCE - JAN 17, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dark brown, near black. No head, just spots of white froth on surface
Nose: Intense chocolate, creamy, rich, roasty coffee, and ripe strawberry/raspberry dessert. Sweet and fruity stouty. No hop.
Flavour: Imperial Stout. Softly carbonated. Medium to full body, sweet, malty chocolate, coffee, vanilla and dried fruit, perfectly balanced by neutral hop bitterness.
Final words: Every sip is a delight. "Brune" is an understatement. Nothing "brown ale" about it. This really is a rich, roasty, creamy, full-flavoured, Imperial Stout.
budedou (259) - Villemandeur, FRANCE - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2014 Very good French Brown Ale (what a surprise!)
Not too alcoolized, that’s why there are lot of flavour :)
TBone (11947) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled@HBF. Dark brown color, small vanishing. Chocolate, dark malts in the nose. Medium-bodied. Chocolate, vegetables, dark malts, brown sugar. Homebrewish.
Wischylini (108) - Grimstad, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2013
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
About 1/3rd of the bottle’s contents gushed out as I opened it, poured an almost opaque cocoa brown colour once it had settled. I also noticed that there still was an impressive amount of yeast in the bottle after I had poured the beer. An impressive tan head forms, and remains for quite some time.
The aroma is malty, with notes of mocha and raisins, burnt sugar and burnt rubber, there are some spicy notes as well; unfortunately a powerful yeasty aroma obscures all of these aromas. The taste is very sweet and slightly sour, and there’s an unpleasant bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is oily and sticky, with a fairly soft carbonation.
I’m actually hoping I got a beer from a bad batch, because this beer was a sticky, sweet, yeasty mess. Bottle is marked batch no. L11-42.
espenra (840) - Kurland, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle. Black colour with a faint red hue against the light. Big foamy head and pretty carbonated. Aroma is malty. Lots of yeast. Coffee, cocoa and liqorice. Alcohol is noticeable. Flavour is moderately bitter. Lots of dark bitter cocoa, coffee and liqorice. Some brown sugar and dark caramel. Long lingering aftertaste.
arsol (417) - NORWAY - SEP 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mørk brun farge med mye beige skum. Lukter solbær og sjokolade. Fruktig i smak og smak sitter i lenge.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle from La Cave à Bulles in Paris. Pours a deep brown colored body with a slight ruby hue. Finger-width, fizzy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet, bready caramel malts with some raisin dark fruits, touches of roast, a bit of a yeasty spice, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is similar. Light chocolate notes with some raisin dark fruits up front as well as a slightly sweet and bready caramel malt. A light yeasty note with a solid roastiness comes out towards the end as this finishes dry, lightly bitter, roasty, raisiny, and slightly sweet. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a somewhat active, medium-high carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid beer. Well roasted and pleasantly sweet with a nice, dry finish and raisin dark fruit note. Good one.
Swaroga (1116) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Dark brown with medium, tanned head. Nose : chocolate, dried fruits. Coffee bean. Sip : creamy and sweet. Low carbonation. The chocolate background is well balanced. Beer is really nice to drink thanks to the creamy and smooth texture.
oh6gdx (20003) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled@HBF2013. Brown colour, small beigeish brown head. Aroma is sweet malts, tofgfee and some mnild caramel and sugary notes. Flavour is ripe fruits, raisins, toffee with some slight bitter and tart wooden notes. Quite dry palate.
JEK69 (396) - FRANCE - MAY 13, 2013
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl from Carrefour Cayeux-sur-Mer.
Very dark brown
Quickly diminishing off-white foam head.
Bad burnt rubber-like aromas, cheesy and roasted malt.
Better in mouth than the nose. Dominated by roasted malt with a lively but smooth carbonation.
Not a bad bruin type despite a kind of heat in aftertaste due to alcohol and a hint of off-flavours (burnt rubber again).