tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Plenty of roasted malt in the aroma with a touch of sweetness and cocoa. Opaque dark brown colour with very thin, fully diminishing tan head. Very bitter roasted malts up front followed by a shy underlying sweetness before the return of the roasted malts and a lasting alcohol flavour in the finish. Alcohol flavour is somewhat more subdued at higher temperature and a bit more cocoa is apparent. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for style with some astringency in the finish. At 7.4% this sure packs a wallop. I disagree with the commercial description - to be port-like it would have to have more body and mouthfeel and be sweeter and more complex. This is a good very roasty and bitter stout. Bottle (bottle-conditioned). Thanks, mutant.
mkel07 (4256) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle. Pours thick and black, like pouring motor oil in your engine. Thick creamy tan head caps off a solid body. Warming roast malt and burnt toffee flavours that hide the high alcohol content well. A good beer from a large brewery.
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2004 2003 Bottle. Pours an opaque dark milk chocolate brown with a small tan head. Aroma is hugely roasted malt, lots of fresh barley, and some lightly sweet caramel notes. Flavor begins with an enormous amount of roasted malt. Tastes very fresh and unrefined, that is to say, VERY bitter. I like bitter stouts but even this was getting to be a bit much. Fortunately, the more it sat out and warmed (approaching room temp) the more sweet cocoa flavors began to emerge. Full body, low carbonation. Good rich, oily mouthfeel. The flavor was definitely oily black malt with some dry cocoa, sweet chocolate, and plenty of alcohol esters, quite vinous. This is about as good as any stout I've ever had. Like a cross between a regular roasty stout and a bigger imperial. Amazing beer if you are in the mood for a little less than an Imperial stout. Thanks, James (Mutant) for the chance to try this gem.
Grovlam (4163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#16 [Blind tasting session @ Papsoe 30-11-2007] Average creamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good lacework. Dark mahogany color. Dried fruit, toasted malt. Over the palate heavy notes of coffee, bitter chocolate and liquorish. Hint of tar. Medium to full bodied with a light dry texture and a lively carbonation. Moderated mix of bitter and sweet flavor. Dry bitter English liquorish that lingers in the mouth and covers it.
gam (3567) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thick brown bubbly head on a dark stout,good carbonation.Aroma chocolate,very nice note,caramel,malty aroma,milk,vanilla note.Flavour superb caramel and chocolate malt tastes lovely,mild bitter roasted tastes,yeasty,great on the palate,moccha like flavour.This is the flavour I,ve been looking for in a stout of this type,one sip after another,great stuff.Finish cream malt tasting chocolate,bitter tang on the buds,a stout to really enjoy.
maneliquor (3463) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle in Adelaide. Very coffee forward stout with a fair bit of a metallic note. Ok quaffed and fairly similar to coopers stout. Ok
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bluevegie (3066) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black in colour with a decent tan head. Standard stout aromas and it was very easy drinking considering the alcohol strength still I was expecting a lot more from this beer.
hawthorne00 (2772) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2013 Black, good beige head. Very little aroma - maybe some malt and alcohol. Slightly syrupy. Deep roasted malts and port sweetness. Finishes with coffee bitterness. Complex dried fruit and cocoa tastes emerge as it warms to room temperature in the glass. Good, but really lacking in aroma. [3.5] 15C. I did wonder whether that one was past its best. It seems it was only further past its best than the others I’ve tried: this is bb 10/10 and quite different. This has port and lemon, some gentle roast malt and licorice. [3.9]
Haven’t seen this in Melbourne for some time, so thanks to the bloke walking out of the Prahran Dan’s with the couple of slabs they get in for him specially for signalling availability. Very smooth well-integrated flavours - firm roast, coffee, molasses, raisins, port. Dries out at the the finish. Welcome reminder that the macro brewers can do very solid stuff if they care to.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a very nice dry stout. Lots of dark chocolate flavors, with some nice espresso coffee roastedness. A nice full mouthfeel, that is sticky and chewy. Very drinkable.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark as they come, the head is light chocolate brown, large, frothy, long lasting, sheets of lace that cling to the vary last drop. Nose caramel, toasted coffee beans, rich bitter sweet chocolate, and of course malts. Front is sweet, the top medium to full, the finish is nicely hopped, dry, lightly acidic, and a decent ’Stout’ by any standards. Ranks a respectable #291 on my current 1000 beer master list.