tommann (2294) - Dudley, West Midlands, - DEC 8, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
355ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a large tan head. Aroma is piney hops, , little bit of roasted malt. Much more like an Ipa. Grapefruit to start and lots of grapefruit bitterness and piney hops on the finish.
Theydon_Bois (5266) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Victory, Downington, 27/11/13.
Finally caught up with this one to rate as had been saving my rating for the cask version.
Mid black with a good sized dirty tan head that retains well. Full glass lacing ensues.
Nose is big on roast malt, bitter dark chocolate, toffee fudge, light mineral notes, leather, treacle toffee. A good robust nose with light hop tingles in the background.
Taste comprises roast malt, liqourice, dark chocolate, hoppy tang, dark fruits, chocolate dipped raisens, light booze.
Full end of medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, lightly warming alcohol in the finish.
Solid impy, a touch better on cask than keg or bottles, the flavours are there from the start and don’t need to be warmed up.
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best by 10DEC15 - reviewed 19NOV12 (about two years old?)
Black, light tan foam. Spots of lace. Smells of malts, oats, coffee, toasted barley and some char. Tastes like a middle of the road RIS - bitter with malt and toasted flavors with some burnt cracker. Thick body with a dry finish. Carb is tight and sharp. Fine beer for a hardcore night - tend to like my beers a bit smoother these days.
Best by: 12/10/15 - Reviewed 24FEB11 - 3.5/4/4/3/3.5-3.78
A: Pours a deep brown with limited translucency which illustrates at the edges only with tilt. Single finger, dark latte head dissipates quickly and retains a thin sheet of the same. Lacing is limited.
S: Very resinous hop nose cloaks the chocolate malts, coffee, and lightly sweet backbone. This combo allows and convinces me the beer is both ready to be consumed now, or can stand the test of time in the cellar.
T: Again, the hops are immediate in this as they were in the nose. Almost a thickened ABA. Great coffee, cocoa, black charred malts again in the backbone.
M: thicky, sticky, tacky, lip-smacky. Resonates with heavy body and moderate carbonation. Maybe a hare more spritely than I would prefer in the style, but nonetheless, above average.
D: Very good beer, I venture to say I would enjoy it even more with a year or two on it. Good beer, wish it was a little less intense on the hops up front.
Serving type: bottle
graham_murphy (154) - - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love the big bitter citrus taste from the hops. Solid taste from the roasted malts too without too much chocolate or coffee. A very strong stout.
devman171 (506) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery, black pour with low head. Aroma is huge roast and chocolate, taste is similar with a big bitter finish.
HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m not a huge fan of hoppy stouts but the flavors work well,light grapefruity character and roasted malt chocolate coffee. Biggest gripe is with the thin mouthfeel that seems inappropriate.
VastActiv (1597) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0.335l at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 24112011. Colour is black with brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Nice and warm.
ryanscourt (456) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong hop aroma, initially presents like a dipa. However, chocolate and expresso flavors finishes out the palate. Very much an America representation of a stout.
DocJitsu (587) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan-mocha, smooth head. Gorgeous beer. Not much going on with the nose. Some nuttiness, but faint. Coating mouthfeel. A bit of a freezer burn flavor. Nutty, some coffee, but pretty lacking, given the style.
Scrapersnbeer (1246) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big aroma of burnt chocolate, strong coffee and ashy hops. More or less solid black. Strong, unsweetened chocolate taste. Pronounced bitterness, noticeable fortitude. Thick body, stops short of the sludge factory however. Certainly a hop forward stout.
Zer0 (793) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with a great looking brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and some caramel. Moderate to heavy bitter and moderate sweetness. Medium body with soft carbonation. Expected a thicker texture.