hawthorne00 (2770) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 14C. Black with a tan head that fades to a coat quickly but never quite disappears. Earthy aroma with dark berries and grapes, roasted barley, some Coke. Taste is much sweeter than expected and while it’s not heavy it is insistently mouthfilling. Roasted and earthy flavours, some chocolate, star anise and pepper, some brine, dark berries/ wine. Lowish carbonation about right where I like. Interesting and good.
jeremyh70 (873) - Missouri, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A nearly opaque black pour with a big tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves good lacing. Aroma is dark fruit forward with figs and plums along with hints of chocolate, coffee and savoriness. Taste has dark fruit and some molasses sweetness. Mid palate there is a grainy roastiness, some dark chocolate, mild coffee and a hint of smoke and earthiness. Finishes with a little sweetness and roasty bitter. Lighter bodied than most stouts with a crisp and higher carbonation also. Big flavorful stout with nicely integrated flavors and mild sweetness that is a compliment to the darker flavors.
Johnsense (982) - - JUN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A fairly sweet stout. Dark brown/black pour, thin head. Aroma of dark chocolate, anise and roast. Fairly sweet, with chocolate and anise in the forefront. a bit smoky, roasted malt, yeast. Medium body.
cbfobes (2678) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at O’Riley & Conways, pours black with a thin tan head, aroma is of roast with a good amount of chocolate as well, flavor has a really sweet front end with the finish being the same, ugh
rondphoto (2772) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque dark brown, thick tan head cover, streaks of lace. Aroma is musty closet and dark malt, somehow appealing. Taste is rich roasted malt with overtones of dark chocolate and coffee. It builds through a solid palate, adding yeast and burnt toast and earth, finally deciding there is enough bitter to balance and letting that linger in a prolonged finish. A really solid stout. Highly recommended.
thewolf (11434) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Fermentoren, Cph. Pours deep opaque black with a small, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has chocolate, licorice, light roasted, soft nuttiness. Medium, prickly carbonation, great dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is elegant, soft chocolate, great licorice, soft astringent roastiness. Great balance with good malty bitterness and some salt to finish. Yum!
Maris (1137) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 355ml bottle on 17/6/2014. Pours black with a smallish head. The aroma is a touch odd, with musty basement and earthy notes most prominent, with a bit of chocolate and caramel in the background. In the mouth, and you get dark chocolate, doughy yeast, some soy, and a moderate but lingering roasty bitterness. The carbonation is a touch above medium and the texture is a little creamy. Described on the bottle as an ’untraditional stout’, it certainly is a little different and quite tasty.
ALLOVATE (2592) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Midnight brown, opaque and muddy with no evident carbonation and a thinning, rocky tan head that manages a generous lace. Pasty, chalky, mineral tinged nose showcasing more than enough burnt grain and damp kelp, brine and rust/blood. Similar on the palate. More rust and blood than burnt grain but it is black patent still that dominates this one. Salty kelp, dust, earth and ash fill out the rest. A tangy, tart, estery malt sweetness tickles the side of the tongue whilst there is an astringency to the swallow which melds with it and gives it some depth. Husky, rusty length with little of that alcohol at all to tease. Body is surprisingly light, almost featherweight and it sits lean in the stomach so wouldn’t cause a problem in bulk. Carbonation a mere prickle to the front of the tongue, vinous and still from then on south. There is enough here to make it interesting, but it’s far from complex. I do like the overall result though. A little rough and rustic, and definitely unique. A nice drop! (12fl.Oz, Bottled on 01/02/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
JHeath99 (1411) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Hop City. Pours an opaque black with a thin ring of toffee colored head. Aroma of coffee and dark chocolates. Taste of roasted coffee and almost Coke-like.
3fourths (8549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small format bottle. Dark brown with a lasting tan head. Salty and burnt black patent malt nose is woody, fruity-estery and somewhat pepper in a phenolic sense rather than from flavorings. Burnt sugar and oily char favor with a small amount of what could be called "cola" flavoring. Medium body, sweet and seemingly under-carbonated leaving it limp and quick in the mouth, finishing with... man it’s almost together enough.. the aroma / flavor profile reminds me of Haandbryggeriet Bestefar, which also had a robust wood / spice character entirely derived from malt, hops and yeast (as I understand it). I can say the same about this, I just wish the carbonation were fuller and the sugar fermented out a bit. I went into this without knowing what it was trying to be, and it seems to sit somewhere between robust winter porter and Belgian stout.