bluevegie (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Solid dark body with ruby tinges and a decent looking, light tan head. Aroma wasnít all that pleasant, smelt like engine oil and then christmas pudding. Fortunately the taste doesnít follow the aroma as much, a little bit of burnt rubber, milky coffee and piney hops, was expecting a bit more roasted characters otherwise this is good but not that complex and a little thin.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The round chocolaty, oaty, macchiato, tobacco, grainy dark malt aroma really impressed me and reminded me quite a bit of the W&P stout. Tastes relatively simple, more or less how it smells with some cookies and cream (not cookies-and-cream.) Finishes just a touch weak - with a bit more roast or hop in the back itíd be great. Nice dark tan head, with some clarity. The only other knock is that itís just a little clean and one-dimensional. Itís really just malt, but itís good malt.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a medium head. A roasted, yeasty, black coffee aroma. I thought the taste began well with chocolate and some background sourness, but it faded fast and there wasnít the bitterness I was expecting.
highlandlad (1453) - 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 (6920) - 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 (6372) - 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 (25068) - 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.