Beese (1099) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Morrisons in Hatch End. Poured a pitch black colour with a dense tan head, which rapidly dissipated. Aroma was quite sweet, with notes of vanilla and cocoa nibs, but with some roasted malt to balance. Mouth feel was pretty full, but the forceful carbonation slightly dulled the smoothness. Initial flavours of black syrup, liquorice and tobacco. Finish was burnt malt, earth and pine needles. Not a bad stout, but the force, soda like carbonation is a bit of a downer.
ianwelby (333) - SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark beer with a thin, beige head. The aroma is toasted malt and a slight fruit edge. The flavour is an initial hit of tangy fruit and coffee-esque malt. The finish is surprisingly hoppy but itís also a touch watery, which is a shame. A pleasant, drinkable beer but not one Iíd rush back to.
two7offsuit (124) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2014 Pours black with a tan head. Subtle roast aromas. Creamy with flavor of milk chocolate. Very solid beer.
SilkTork (5121) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml dark glass bottle. Filtered. Imported from USA by Marstons. Black body. Modest carbonation. Pleasant body - neither too thin nor too thick. Thereís a fresh American oak aroma and taste with hints of vanilla. This is a smooth dark beer with restrained flavours, and a moderate through gently growing final bitterness. Attractive acidity lifts the experience, but on the whole, while pleasant, thereís not a lot here to get excited about.
snowdog140 (23) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Such a dark appearance and golden head, a very visually appealing beer. Strong roasted malt aroma although there are sweeter hints in there too. Slightly bitter but dark and very strong roasted taste as well, almost too strong for my tastes. Very prolific stout, especially if youíre a fan of strong tastes.
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks zvikar. Black with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, a bit of roasted grains, slightly tart fruitiness, sugary notes and a milky hint. Roasty flavor, a bit acidic, with coffee notes and light fruitiness. Medium-bodied.
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Morrisons. Oily pitch capped with tan. Bittersweet, fruity aroma mingling cocoa, dried black grapes, Christmas pudding and molasses. Thinner, more brittle flavour with yeast extract, rust and carbonised wood notes. Good ashy finish with a chocolate, tobacco and grilled pepper linger. Full body at the strength. Faint tang of bramble beneath the chocolate and rust. Surprisingly good- pretty happy I accidentally bought 2 bottles.
Borup (5082) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub in Orlando. Black with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, chocolate, dried fruit, coffee and smoke.
mike_77 (2731) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Faint aroma of roasted malts and liquorice. Bitter roast taste with some fruitiness too, maybe blackcurrant but without the sweetness. Strong bitterness, quick fading finish. A bit watery.
gdubu493 (27) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a bottle into a glass on 12/15/13. Purchased bottle from Quench Beer in Silver Spring, MD (solid, small craft beer selection). Foam head was about 4 inches, piss poor pour, but 4 friggin inches...? Aroma starts with a bitter nose. Light chocolate, coffee tones. Incredible dark brown, almost black appearance. Consistency of the beer as itís poured appears to be thin. Taste is dry, lightly tightens up your mouth like youíre drinking a cheap wine. Palate confirms what the pour predicted, tastes thin and not what one would expect from a stout. Taste continues with light, bittersweet chocolate and weak coffee. Overall, jrodoo5 said it best, " Itís just uninteresting to me. Itís ok and drinkable but I want more than that in a stout!" Agreed.