BlackHaddock (5387) - Shropshire, - NOV 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
My night-cap on 23rd Oct 2012 in the excellent Cafe De Grendelpoort in Valkenburg, Holland.
33cl bottle poured with its sediment into the correct brewery glass.
The beer poured almost black, very dark brown maybe (the pub is dark to start with): on top a thin tanned foam.
Mixed bag in the nose and tastes: malts first and foremost, mild liquorice front with sweeter molassses taking over, a mini hop, dry finish completes the flavours but there is a lot more going on inbetween. My bottle had a nice, but unexpected and unusual ’semi-sour’ feel (for a Stout) to it throughout the tasting. I also thought the alcohol level isn’t hidden to any great extent. Complexed and different with a variety of fruit notes and malty levels of roasted/toasted chocolate and coffee.
sjorsvdg (284) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deze stout heeft een cola-achtig uiterlijk, met een klein laagje witte schuim. De smaak kenmerkt zich door rozijnen, vanille, cola en alcohol. Op de achtergrond een zilte hint.
Ysok02 (623) - MOns, BELGIUM - JAN 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Robe brune, mousse peu abondante. Nez assez discret, pointe chocolatée sur un fond iodé, presque d’algues. Bouche à l’attaque crémeuse, assez ronde, de la fraîcheur et une finale iodée. Un Oesterstout typé.
jdjuice (489) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JAN 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown, close to a porter color. Aroma is definitely kinda oceanic. Flavors are a weird mix of ocean water and a big sweet beer. Sweetness is similar to a scotch ale or non-bitter barleywine. This is a weird one, and I think it does what it aims to do rather well (maybe a base beer that is closer to a stout)
adasko (1348) - Poznan, POLAND - JAN 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma definitely not reminds me about Imperial Stout. There is no oysters in the aroma as well. First of all it’s a bit sour like a fruit lambic, second it smells like a classic tripel - a bit caramel, wooden and esters typical for belgian yeast. It’s not an imperial stout aroma but still it’s quite pleasant. Dark seal color, clear beer. Big head, unfortunately like on coke so it reduced just to a ring almost immediately. In taste - again - typical tripel. It’s tasty, sweet, fruity and caramel. Not even touch of oysters, not even touch of alcohol too, it’s perfectly covered. The beer is over carbonated but the bubbles ale super small and tiny and it feels like a marshmallow, like a froth in the mouth. It’s super smooth, super silky. It’s a very good, well balanced beer, wasn’t even near imperial Stout.
Moebbels (613) - FINLAND - JAN 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pitch black body with a moderate light brown head. Nose has nice notes of chokolate, coffee, caramel and molasses. Taste is quite sweet with a mildly bitter finish. Medium carbonation and palate. Quite nice stout that is on the sweeter side. Pleasant aromas and well balanced.
BenWesthof (195) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first Oysterstout. Pleasant aroma and a very appealing and particular sweet taste.
sjogro (1572) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fijne verrassing! Gebrand graan, gist en zoet. Stevig koolzuur en stevig ABV. Backlog from 2015/04/27.
Majek (579) - Ząbki, POLAND - DEC 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, almost black colour with medium beige head. Moderate aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate and brown sugar. Taste is medium to heavy sweet, light bitter and slightly sour with short, roasted finish. Soft carbonation. Medium body. Decent stout (IMO without any oyster notes).
Rubin77 (480) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
F: off-white, not long lasting, gone to thin film.
C: dark reddish to brown, opaque.
A: roasted malt, dry fruits, dark fruits, hints of dates, banana, salty chocolate and yeast.
T: 0,33l bottle from De Hopduvel in Gent, some sweet dark fruits, roasted malt, hint of salty tones, some plums, toffee, medium body, quite drinkable for IS, lower carbo, not very complex, a little different but quite enjoyable imperial stout.
hrabren (469) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33 l bottle shared with ?omo, Dinko and Jela. Thanks Dinko. Dark brown, Coca-Cola color, small tan head. Strawberry jam aroma. Wine like at first, light and sweet, strawberry finish. Medium body. Soft and soothing. Nice.