TBone (12989) - 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 (4673) - 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 (9004) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, 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 (4842) - 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. Iím 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 (7315) - 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 Octoís 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, thatís 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 Iíd say, and with the possible exceptions of Black Albert/Ellezelloise Hercule, the best Belgian Stout Iíve had. Above all, COCOA and HOPS. Love it.
Beerdedone (2730) - 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.
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml swing top poured a clear dark brown nearly black in the glass with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, carmel, vanilla, light roastiness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, roastriness and light vanilla with a smooth lightlydry lingering bitter roasty finish.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dull black color. Nice malt nose, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Nicely carbonated, and very drinkable. Not particularly bitter, but a very appealing flavor.
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Quaffs that Iíve had sitting around for about a year. Pours deep brown, almost black with a beige head thatís tan around the edges. Roasty malt, dark chocolate, coffee, chicory and caramel in the nose. Flavor is much the same with nice roast notes, lots of powdery cocoa and a dry finish. Iíd put off drinking this expecting disappointment but it was a pleasant surprise, I almost gave it 8ís for aroma and flavor. Belgian stouts seem to be coming along nicely.