Theydon_Bois (17251) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to James, 30/12/15.
Black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is dark fruits, toffee, light menthol, spice, jammy berry fruit, light chocolate.
Taste comprises rich dark fruits, spice, dates, toffee, yeast esters, nana, light chocolate.
Full bodied, prickly carbonation but aids the drinkability, light warming booze in the close.
Ok ... more a Belgian strong for me, an adequate one at that. Low end for an impy.
BeerViking (4212) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, pours black with a tan crema. Tart treacley nose with hints of old wine. Roasty and lambic-tart, with undertones of candy sugar and coffee, light oaky notes and a burnt bitterness. As if you crossed a stout with a black lambic.
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle 12/2/15 (Sam’s Club-Box of 3)-38° in Snifter-Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. Taste of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, oak, and spices. This full bodied brew is a bit light for a stout as I wonder if it should have been a different style.
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
25.4oz bottle, corked and caged. Nose sweet and syrupy. heavy oak, spicy, molasses, maple syrup. Pours dark brown with ruby-brown highlights, but pitch in the glass with a large and fizzy-foamy tan head. Taste lightly tart (!), sweet, medium bitterness, strong wood, cherry gaining, red berry as well; very very light chocolate and coffee, spice and vanillin. Molasses, very classy maltiness with medium depth, very faint but still-fresh citrus. Esters still strong here, plum gains as well, even getting some tropical fruits to blend so nicely with the wood. Roast is subdued. Overall character begs if its been Bretted and back-sweetened or just infected; touch leathery, and with spicy/scratchy cherry character, reminds more of a Flanders Red than a stout (a really pleasant surprise for my personal taste). Medium body, crisp and invigorating, alcohol well-integrated, dry finish with occasional hint of metal, overall a pleasure to drink. Nice surprise for the holiday! [2015.11.26: 3.7]
Aggiebob (797) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a big frothy tan head. Aroma is malty, while the flavor is dark fruit (grapes and plum) caramel and spices. It is a little boosey at the end but very good.
dfearnley (1826) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to pint glass
Soy, molasses, blackberries, lime, light malts, chocolate. Not quite opaque brown with a thin creamy tan head. Taste is chocolate, yeast, sour blackberries, malt, ginger, pepper, and earth.
AWISLguy (2597) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Corked and caged 750ml bottle from Breeze Thru, cellar aged 15 months served a bit colder than cellar temp. Black pour with a bit of a brown head that rapidly dissippated. Surprised so little head in a corked bottle. Aroma has choco-caramel and grapes. Light molasses further down the glass. Taste is of cocoa, sweet caramel and solid grape with a tangy spice presence. Some possible coffee down in the glass. Medium to full bodied with some alcohol. Finishes tangy sweetly fruity, with some length. No clue if the aging was a positive or not. Grapey? The tangy yeast was a net negative. 13.4
teorn88 (6742) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Backlog rating. 75cl bottle at BottleDog, London. It pours a dark brown color with medium beige head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, light tart red berries. Taste has more tart cherries and lactose, vanilla and chocolate. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Overall, tasty and lightly sour
MaBeer1972 (1839) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 18, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Julio’s. Rated from the bottom of the bottle, after it has warmed a bit. Pours jet black into a tulip with a frothy deep tan head. Deep fruity-roasty aromas. Flavor is complex with notes of chocolate and spice, vanilla-oak, and fruity yeast. Body is on the thin side for a stout. Subtle earthy sweetness. Earthy-sweet finish.
AshtonMcCobb (5400) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl.
Appearance - close to opaque black with a thin head.
Nose - coffee bean and earthiness.
Taste - smoke, tar salty liquorice.
Palate - medium bodied with a dry tangy texture and a long dry finish.
Overall - definitely very gnarly. Interesting but a bit too challenging.