Bov (10123) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
from crackedkettle.com - black coloured with a firm and persistent beige head; aroma of cold roasted coffee and ashes; light notes of vanilla; medium-bodied and quite harsh palate; effervescent, bitter and dry; long tart bitterness in a roasted and fizzy coffeeish aftertaste
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Monks Café, Wallingatan, Stockholm. Pours out in a dark brown, almost black colur witha rich dense beige head. Rounded and dry aroma of roasted malts, yeast, tobacco, and coffee. Medium-bodied with notes of dark chocolate, nuts, tobacco, mint, and yeast. Smooth yet a bit chewy mouthfeel. Anise, salt, minerals, yeast and coffee in the the long well-rounded finish.
Quack-Duck (8382) - Down South, GERMANY - APR 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle, by courtesy of MoritzF! Dark brown, almost black colour, mid-sized creamy beige head. Malty background with flavours of roasted malts, caramel, coffee and bitter chococlate.
TBone (13539) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 30, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (CK, BB 03/2009).
Dark-brown color, nice cloudy tan head. Aroma of molasses, tobacco, cold coffee and some licorice. Roasted malty, very ashy flavor. FInish is bitterish-roasted. Nice soft and velvety mouthfeel. Just too much ash and tobacco in the flavor for my liking. Otherwise quite ok.
sayravai (4677) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled) Very, very dark brown with a smallish, tanned head with some lace. Aroma of milky sourness, strong licorice, sweet and lightly roasty malt. Roasted-malty, slightly sour flavor with an ashy-burned finish. Medium, reasonably velvety body with soft carbonation. A bit too burned-ashy stout - and not very interesting, either.
pivnizub (9162) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille: Literally black, presumably hazy with a small beige off-white layer; dark roasted malt, a light sweetness, liquorice and a touch of barnyard in the nose; quite solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; dry roasted, but also sweet finish with some liquorice in the aftertaste. All in all a pleasure, but why must a Stout be sweet.........
jgb9348 (4981) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pitch black body with a very thin light-brown head - insanely dark. Aroma of molasses, deep dark roasted malt, oak, cereal and very STRONG vanilla pods. Full-bodied; Strong meaty flavour with molasses, raisins and burnt coffee noticeable. Aftertaste very mild, with malt and burnt sugars in behind. Overall, not very good - perhaps too much dark burnt sugars and not enough other flavours or character to be good. I’m happy to have tried this, just wished it was a bit better. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from the Utobeer Market Stall in Borough (London), England on 29-November-2008, sampled on 01-March-2009 at home in Washington, although I did see this beer also (and two other varieties) at Beer Mania in Bruxelles a few weeks earlier.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cracked Kettle. Black, coarse cappucino head. Dry, burned malty nose with faint solvent, wood, little herbs and coffee beans. Similar to Titanic stout, though a bit messy. Simple burned flavor, grainy malts, woodiness, dry ashy finish. Hardly any coffee/cocoa notes. Hollow, even a tad watery palate. A drinkable, but ashy and thin stout.
DruncanVeasey (7423) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle off Octo’s shelf. Been eyeing this one enviously for a while. Black as yer hat pour spiralling inkily into the snifter. Dense tan head going nowhere. Mouth-watering Lindt Excellence 85% aroma drenched with deep deep raisiny cocoa, fat humming blackcurrant, red apple, musty alpha hoppage, espresso,puff of English sulphur, Marmite, brine,charcoal. Come on, that’s a 9. No disappointments flavour-wise; massive charred high cocoa and full-on alpha bitterness, coffee,yeast extract, splashes of US impy stout intensity. Balanced and dry I’d say, and with the possible exceptions of Black Albert/Ellezelloise Hercule, the best Belgian Stout I’ve had. Above all, COCOA and HOPS. Love it.
Beerdedone (2870) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a very big gushing frothy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, soft caramel and a touch of coffee. flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and some notes of smoke and toffee with a medium body and has a roasted bitter finish.