Westmeister (2096) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Poured a black/brown with tan head. Aroma was roasty, subdued coffee and cocoa and slight vinious notes. Taste was bold roasted malts, minor cocoa, with finishing swirls of dark fruits and tannic/viniousness. Not bad but finished quite thin for me.
Imperial_Scout (363) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with tan head. Aroma is mostly heavy dark malt and fruit...tastes similar and finishes almost like a red wine. Pretty differenent and good.
gyllenbock (5914) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at a tasting at Systembolaget, March 2013.
Black with a tan head. Aroma of fruit, roasted malt, some wood and chocolate. The same in the taste. I liked the creamy mouth feel in this one.
thegreenrooster (3570) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a black with a nice sized tan head. Aroma is a nice roasted malt with some bitter chocolate. Flavor is about the same. A nice roasted malt mouthfeel with a little coffee and chocolate left on the tounge. I don’t really get any of the oak or grape juice but this is still a pleasant stout.
mcrae19 (59) - - MAR 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can. Served in a snifter. Pours almost black, the color of motor oil. Thick, creamy head. Aromas of coffee and roasted malt, and the slight sweetness of the malbec grapes. Flavor of dark chocolate and oak –yet, surprisingly, almost no hint whatsoever of grapes. An enjoyable stout but not one I’d seek out amongst the sea of others.
onceblind (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black with a thin beige head. Deep aroma of sweet roastiness and bittersweet chocolate. Flavor was pretty similar, and delightfully sweet. Initially there is some roasted black malt, with a touch of astringency, but then the sweet creamy chocolaty nougat tones come in, not necessarily cancelling out the roastiness but complimenting it...kinda like grilled chocolate, in a way. Has depth and a lasting finish. Very charming.
UnionBeerCzar (82) - Michigan, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can to pint glass, very dark black pour with a couple fingers worth of tan/mocha head. Really interesting nose, I really get the oak, wine, and heavy roast of a stout. Mouthfeel comes across a little watery but the flavors are also very interesting, the oaking and malbec grape juice give it an almost sour finish but the level of roast balances it out. I really like this, I would like it more if it had a little depth in the body. Still and interesting and nice take on this style.
frank0830 (70) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured very nice in my tulip glass. Very nice lacing throughout the entire beer. I think the body is a little light but nice. Very nice aroma of prunes, dark chocolate and licorice. Finishes very nice. I wish I didn't have to go all the way to Chicago to get this! Very nice!
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arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can purchased for $2 I think, made sure to buy a single because I bought a sixer of the last cocoa stout ska did and was unhappy. Dark black color, nice head, good stout appearance. nice roasted stout smell, sort of rich, nice. Flavor was more rich stout, hints of cocoa, not a trace of grapes that my palate could detect. I could also not detect any oak but I wasn’t let down because it was still a tasty stout.
Serving type: can
jandd1983 (3214) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured a black color with a dark brown head. The aroma was roasty burnt chocolate malts, with mild coffee, light vanilla and a touch of fruit. The taste was creamy, dark chocolate, some wood, vanilla, with a mild dark fruity and roasty aftertaste. This was very good.