waiake (287) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle in Singapore aroma is mild yet full of smoky roasty malt the taste is quite carbonated smoky light chocolate coffee malty bitter dry works really well
graham_murphy (366) - - FEB 28, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I like it a lot. Haven;t had much smoked stout before but it’s not too dissimilar to the smokiness sometimes in a porter or black IPA. It’s light in the mouth, very little sweetness in the malt but has a decent citrus aroma of hops with burnt bitterness.
witthatsbier (326) - glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ blackfriars
pours a dark brown with beige head
aroma is sweet malt with a small bit of chocolate
taste is mid bitter with bit of smoke very thin for abv
ok but thats it
daniele (6003) - ITALY - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle scura schiuma media discreta persistenza tostata torrefatto lieve affumicato discreto amaro
Hanoi (509) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nose is is sweet smoke, perfumy-pama violety-flowers, a slight vinous note which is making me nervous. Taste is roasted malts, smoke, very dry hazelnut and oak notes, dry chocolate, ash, raisin, iron (the celery note picked up by another reviewer is on point). The slight vinegar note of a beer about to turn was there...
Moutfeel was over carbonated.
This is a beer with good depth, which I think had not been looked after properly from the shop I acquired it from. Will try again.
AshtonMcCobb (3292) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the Stockbridge Tap.
Appearance - opaque black with very little head. There didn’t seem much of a C02 release on opening.
Nose - very gentle smoke, you have to look for it. Dry chocolate.
Taste - dark chocolate and smoke intermingled. Strangely it now seems over carbonated.
Palate - medium bodied with a creamy yet prickly texture and a dry finish.
Overall - good beer even if it doesn’t knit together as well as it could’ve.
ramboraffe (808) - SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle at bungalows and bears, Sheffield, UK. Dark brown with white head. Smell is malty, roasted, coffee, chocolate and a little peat smoke. Taste is roasted malty with bitter finish. Big body for a 5% beer. Dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.
MrBlueSky93 (259) - Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beermoth.
Pours dark brown, half a finger tan coloured head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Taste of initial roasted malts, then a touch of carbonation, then dark fruits, caramel, toffee, coffee, then light smokiness. Nice.
alex_leit (120) - Minsk, BELARUS - FEB 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black color, tan foam. Slightly smoked aroma, burnt barley and coffee. Textured smoked and cream taste, roasted malts, dry and bitter finish.Good for 5 % abv.
Alengrin (2742) - BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2015 The somewhat rebellious label promises me "all the characteristics of a heavy night out". Being not unfamiliar with this concept, I am curious to find out what this first beer from this Welsh brewery - to me - has in store. Very dark mahonagy colour, practically black, under a creamy, relatively thick, light beige head leaving a thick layer of lacing on the edges of the glass. Aroma is not as strong as I expected: black coffee, celery, charcoal, smoked herring, fondant, hint of raisins, iron but in a good kind of way (like in a draught Guinness), hazelnuts, dried leaves, bacon, leather, cigar ashes. Full, creamy onset, restrained raisin sweetishness but overall dryish from the start, minerally, quite sharp carbo, mouth-lining coffee-like roastedness setting in early, drying effect of smoked malt, some subtle sourishness, caramelly and subduedly chocolatey malt backbone, retronasal coffee powder effect, metallic ’zing’ but not too disturbing, finishing in a coffee-like roasted bitterness aided by leafy hops, establishing a ’joint’ bitterness which lasts for a long time (a half hour after this, I still felt a black coffee-like roasted bitterness in my throat). Smooth, not very thick but satisfying indeed, and less smokey than I had feared (smoked stouts are something I still have to fully master, despite many attempts); this is a pleasurable, relatively gentle yet tasty stout, but not a beer I will remember for a very long time. It will not change the (beer) world, but there is nothing to dislike here. I had heavier nights out, but that’s just me, probably.