jebb12 (47) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque rich walnut with some copper against the bright light, a frothy beige head sticking to the walls of the glass. Smells of faint roasted coffee in the morning and malted grains in the mill. Quite an uncomplicated taste but refined, subdued, that of roasted barley, very, very low acid and bitterness from the English hops, a lactose sweetness pronounced most noticeably in the superb aftertaste that lingers like cane sugar syrup with medium, easy to drink body. As I say always comparing great European beers to most of their U.S. counter parts (see Founders Breakfast Stout for example) a brewer, like a suitor vying for the attention of a woman, shouldn’t go over the top to cheaply try and impress. Stick to a balance of ingredients as Samuel Smith does in all their beers.
Bork (125) - Rockmart, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Simultaneously rich and light. Filled with gentle coffee, cocoa and roasted malt. Mildly bitter short finish.
jh773 (100) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly opaque black-brown with a thick tan head. Smell is dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, oatmeal. Taste is slightly sweet at first, oatmeal and warm grain, becomes slightly dry; well-rounded, good body but surprisingly light. Aftertaste of cocoa, fruity hops. Tasty.
Darkmagus82 (872) - - AUG 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-10-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a big and thick tan colored head. The head has a nice level of retention, fading over ~ 5 min to give a decent level of lacing.
Smell- The aroma is big of oats and chocolate. Mixed with these are some sweeter caramel and a light vanilla aroma. A light roasted malt and coffee aroma round out the remainder of the nose creating a sweet and roasty smell overall.
Taste – The taste starts out with a smooth but dry oatmeal and roasty malt taste. A bitter chocolate flavor, that comes quickly after the initial taste, begins to get sweetened as the taste advances further. Flavors of caramel and some vanilla sweeten the brew quite a bit. The brew remains relatively sweet to the end where a light earthy hop joins the flavor. In the end a pleasant sweet oaty and lightly hopped chocolate flavor are left on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier side for an only 5 % abv with a carbonation level that is just below average. Very nice for the stout style and letting all those great dark and malty flavors to be truly sensed by the tongue.
Overall – A delicious stout that isn’t overwhelming with alcohol. It has a wonderful oat and chocolate flavor with just the right balance of sweet and hop.
dfearnley (920) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to 6 oz taster
Molasses, wheat, light cherry, chocolate, hay, sweetgrass, and malt.
Dark brown with a tinge of red and a long lasting 2 mm creamy and frothy tan head. Taste is malt, molasses, oatmeal, malt with a bit of black pepper.
Danev76 (478) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 8, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very nice malty caramel aroma. Jet black colour with nice head. Very light and hoppy up front with very big malt chocolate finish. Heavy body with medium carbonation.
bartlebier (1634) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottles, 2013 as part of a Smith sampler, again 2014/07@TriState Tasting II, courtesy of bastarda. Very dry and almost coffee-grainy rendition of an oatmeal stout, with mellow powder chocolate notes complementing a great balance of woody liquorice and spicy hops. Solid stuff given its abv.
crlnts (275) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thin beige head. Milky. Caramel, chocolate, smoked, sweet, light bitterness. Enjoyable.
bastarda (62) - Freiburg, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
shared@2nd D/F/CH TriStateTasting. Malty and tart taste, bittersweet finish, surely nicely done, but not one of my favourites.
jaghana (3808) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - JUL 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33cl @2ndTSRG. A dark beer with medium head, nose is on chocolate and biscuits. Aroma is on caramel, chocolate, brown bread, burnt caramel, licorice, long toasted caramel aftertaste. Less creamy than expected.
lamf (57) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle . Pours black, with almost white, nice head. Some chocolate in aroma. Taste reminds of sweet black coffee with caramel sirup, served chill.