highlandlad (1448) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This bottle-conditioned English stout has twice been declared CAMRAís Champion Bottled Beer of Britain, so perhaps Iím missing something. Itís by no means a typical stout, but I canít pretend I really took to it. Served at room temperature, it poured the expected impenetrable dark brown with a tall head that left spackled foam down the glass. Great bitter aroma of espresso coffee grounds, sump oil and forest fire. Very big aroma for the modest 4.5% abv. Ashy flavour profile, very dry and bitter. Very much at the dry end of the stout scale, verging on puckering. Has that espresso íburnt rubberí bitterness, without much in the way of balancing chocolate sweetness. The mouthfeel was thin and a little flat. (500ml botle, Megabeer, bb 17/2/07)
mik82 (34) - ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from sainsburys Lovely black colour and tan head. Typical roasty stout flavours, though without the chocolate often found. Dry and smooth, very good.
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry and Dave B. -- courtesy of Dave B. Pours a murky very dark brown, almost black, with a small off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, some hops and nuts -- quite nice. The flavour is very original for a Stout, itís so different: Thereís smoke along with the usual Stout flavours, some vinegar (in a good way), some pepper and more. Bodyís a little thin. Overall I must say this is a unique Stout and though it didnít knock my socks off I still enjoyed it very much.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with blankboy and Dave B - courtesy of Dave B. Poured deep clear brown-black with an average light brown head. Aroma of yeast, espresso, over-roast malt, some actual hops!, hint of prune ad moss - lovely, complex - roasted coffee beans and nuts. Taste very light but complex, thereís nuttiness, roast malt, gets very sour and acidic as it warms - nice, but a tad light. Mouthfeel is light, acidic, flat. Very interesting, subtle - *great* aroma.
Tobias10 (99) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask : Kings Cross CAMRA beer festival 2005. A jet black stout, good roast malt flavours come through to leave a dry mouth feel. The hops come through at the end. Lovely!
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle 50 cl) Pitch blaque and opaque, pretty much no head - no carbonation either. Dark, malty flavours from the hard roasted malts. Quite a delicate hoppy edge adding a decent bitterness. Unusual. 091200
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate:
Black as night and totally opaque. Decentish head with plenty of lace. Great aroma. Lots of coffee and very roasty. Flavour is kind of sweet and roasted at the same time and there is a very strong hit of something I can only describe as car tyres. Shame about that because otherwise it is excellent. Actually now it has warmed a little and the last bit has gone in the glass its much better. Creamy and very drinkable. Yeah itís good.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from the bottle, a very dark black with a largew rocky head. A rich aroma of roasted caramal. A strong caramal flavour with hoppy undertones. Very smooth on the palate.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colored, big slowly vanishing brown head. Coffee, roastiness, chocolate and thin alcohol in aroma. Thin to medium bodied. Coffee, roasted tones, mild oak and chocolate in flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Mildly dry stoat-ending with some hops. Some lace in glass.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a rich firm brown head. Deep and roasty aroma of coffee, tobacco an chocolate. Roasted coffee, black chocolate with touches of smoke in flavour. Long well-rounded aftertaste of cocoa. Good stout!