Alengrin (2815) - BELGIUM - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet stout of double the average strength, with thinnish but stable, beige, dense head over a very dark chestnut coloured beer, hazy, almost black. Aroma strongly dominated by cured meat, beef broth and smoked bacon, bayleaf, raisins, dried plums, vanilla, baked banana, dried leaves, peat, soy sauce, fondant chocolate, caramel, nutmeg, cappuccino. Soft sweetish onset of candied and dried fruits, subtle sugar presence (candi sugar like, but I guess it’s the lactose speaking), hints of raisin, pear and some banana, very soft carbonation accomplishing a mellow, ’fatty’ mouthfeel, very subtle salty touch, supple maltiness, caramelly, nutty and a bit chocolatey, with a gentle roasted bitterness in the finish (still more than usual for a sweet stout though), leafy and slightly peppery hops and a background presence of gentle, warming alcohol, though it remains very well hidden, lending this beer a remarkable high drinkability in relation to its ABV. Far from the most complex stout I had, but well balanced, elegant and interesting.
Frank (3205) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Something about this strikes me as almost good but it is really not quite there. It has a nice dark color and a small head of fine bubbles. This is maybe just a little too roasty to the point where it comes off as harsh, acrid and ashy. This does have a bit of sweetness but would actually stil be drinkable with a nice creamy texture were it not for a pretty strong medicinal off-note. It does seem to have a nice dried fruit character to go along w/ the heavy handed roast though and it just seems like if the toned it down a notch and took care of the off flavors, this would be a very nice stout.
jackafholmes (516) - - DEC 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from hop hideout, sheffield. Black with a tan head. Coffee and chocolate. Sweet and richly bitter. Thick body with oil. Nice.
AStoutFan (7) - Geneva, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2014 does not count
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Yard House in Coral Gables. Typical tan head. Great mouth-feel aka palate. Starts okay, almost like a Guinness, finishes like a dry wine like a Guinness Extra Stout. Even in the beginning the aftertaste is a bit dry. As an Upstate New Yorker I would somewhat like to be proud of a local or at least regional brewery, and when I found out about this specific ST brew and saw that it was well regarded I was easily inclined to try it, but it was almost difficult to finish the 12 oz "Shorty’s" glass.
tekstr1der (101) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque, near-black mahogany. Perhaps the labeling set my expectation, though I’m sure the aroma hints of sweetness. Flavors of dark roast and sweet milk from the teat of a goddess. Smooth and strong, the drinkability portends to danger.
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nitro... Pours midnight-black with a large, silken, mushroom-colored head. Never-ending retention. Aroma-wise, heaps of earthiness and deeply roasted malts stand front-and-center - possibly rawhide as well, but to a lesser degree. Medium-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and pillow-soft carbonation. The flavor includes bittersweet, malty roastiness with a tongue-numbing, singed caramel and burnt-sugar finish.
Beerkenstock (69) - - NOV 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drink cold (8-10° C)
Eye: pours a deep dark, creamy color with a medium not too quickly dissipating beige head.
Nose: Nuts and dark fruit, can’t figure out which ones exactely though.
Mouth: creamy. dark chocolate and coffee malts. cranberries and and cassis. sweet licorice as well.
Palate: predominantely nuts, iron. Bitter in the finish.
Overall: good stout, nothing special though. creamy texture but other than that there’s nothing which would remind me of the beer’s name...
zizzybalubba (1547) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Very dark brown pour with a short beige head. Aroma of milk chocolate, licorice, and faint floral hops. Bitter charred malts are at the forefront of the flavor of this beer with noticeable sweet lactose, chocolate, and roasted espresso that help this beer from becoming overwhelmingly bitter. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Very good but don’t the 12 oz. bottle fool you; this is a BIG, heavy beer.
dnicolaescu (1054) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - NOV 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2014 BOTTLE 355 ML from CH-303.
Look: almost black with red highlights, creamy mocha head.
Aroma: dried fruit sweetness, light ashy notes, some light alcohols?
Taste: creamy body, you can feel the sugary and fruity sweetness, followed by a sudden bitter kick. Not much roasty malts.
HIGHB4LL (777) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Williston. Appearance: finger light chocolate head, opaque, light-ok lacing. Aroma: coffee, roast, light booze, lighter dark chocolate, Palate: full body, soft carbonation, creamy texture, bitter finish. Taste: sweet milk chocolate into light dark fruit sweet and slight booze, then on into coffee and finishing with dark chocolate bittersweet and lingering milk chocolate sweetness. Overall, super smooth beer, lovely chocolate milk taste, unique, complex, balance, Amazing!