corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass. Two finger pillowy beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving streaks of soapy lacing in it’s path.
Slightly earthy, robust dark malt aroma with a nice balance of roast, spice, grassy hops and sweet malt. Delicate smoke character with hints of charcoal, burnt toast, dark chocolate and deeply roast coffee bean. There’s also some subtle spicy rye in the nose but this is overpowered by the strong malt presence. The earthier/hoppier kolsch notes come through, however, with some grassy saaz character, pine needle and dank resins. Smells more like an American black ale and I probably wouldn’t have been able to guess that this was a kolsch if I didn’t read it on the bottle.
Fuller bodied than expected with a bit more of a kolsch flavor profile but the prominent dark malt bill, resinous hops and subtle spice make it feel more like an experimental ABA. Strong hop presence with sticky hop oils, earthy pine needle, grass and spruce tip flavor that linger throughout into a bone dry finish. Slightly acrid but the roast isn’t as extreme as in the nose. Hints of charcoal, burnt toast, coffee grounds and bittersweet dark chocolate countered by sweeter malt flavors and faint spicy rye. Again, the rye is subtle but it nicely compliments the earthy hop bitterness. Decent balance with low ABV and light mouthfeel make this beer pretty easy to drink. Nothing too out of the ordinary but it’s an interesting take on the style.
voncrease (90) - - OCT 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted from keg at The Hop & Berry, Liverpool Road, Islington, London, United Kingdom.
rouhlas (2614) - GREECE - OCT 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, thanks to Constantin. Dark brown almost black color with beige brown head. Malty aroma, light roasted, chocolate, caramel, light licorice, some smoked notes, light fruity. Sweet and light bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
AgentAle (1466) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is roasted smokey malts. Transitions is tanin I and clove. Still quite complex and the taste is deep roasted malts that settle quickly.some tanin and clove notes in the notes. Some caramel and molasses here too. Appearance is black with a thin pearl head that retains fairly well.
islay (2136) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Approximately 3 oz. pour from a 22 oz. bottle. Consumed on 9-10-15. Pours a dark brown with taupe head. Dark chocolate-covered raisin, plum, and burnt caramel scents. Nice, stout-like taste. Roasted malt and dark fruit flavors. Crisp and lively in the palate, presumably owing to the kolsch yeast. Light to medium body. Good, fluffy, frothy, lager-like palate. Better than I expected. Another winner from Stone.
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Rich aroma. Black body. Huge flavor for only 5.4%. Nice finish. Really impressive.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with beige froth. Nose is caramel, molasses and spicy rye. Medium body with moderate carb. Taste is toffee, coffee and cola with hints of rye. Interesting hybrid.
tcon25 (539) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour at home, nice dark pour, very thin head. Coffee malt aroma, little bitter taste, mostly coffee, kindof a rye malt taste. As expected. Solid beer.
Martinus (4365) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown colour, beige head. Aroma of malts, chocolate, lager, sweet malts and caramel. Sweet, caramel flavour. Finish caramel, chocolate, quite sweet.
(from bottle @ RBESG ’14 London Grand Tasting, Moncada tasting room)
stevoj (3773) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from On the Fly Gasmart. Pours out almost true black, big beige, airy head, subsides quickly. Aroma is more roast grain than rye, but some grain sourness is present. Taste is where the rye comes into its own, funky, sour, musty, backed up with some burnt toast, roast grain bitterness. Finishes fast and clean, body is light like a kolsch. Nicely done.