cgarvieuk (13935) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 30, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at craigs .... black ... thin tan lacing ... sweet blackcurrant roast ... bitter roast ... little treacle toffee ...quite sweet suggery stout ... burnt suger linger ....
cfrancis (2249) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours black. Aroma is roasted malt. Taste is crisp with dark roasted malt. It went down alright but there really wasnít anything spectacular or memorable about this brew. It really doesnít stand out from the rest.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colored brew. Aroma is a bit roasted. Flavor is roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate. Very flat.
ralphdot (982) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark with a thin but lasting head, no aroma when cold but roasted malt as it warms, bitter roasted malt taste.
Dervock (432) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours jet black with a large tan head. roast malt and molases aroma. big malt flavours roast coffee and bitter chocolate. Palate is a bit thin but not too much.
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - NOV 27, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black as the night, with a brown head. Roasted malts dominating the scene, the roasted flavor lingers on until.....it stops, and thatís a while. Not that hoppy but got some bitterness to it. Too thin watery palate.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving date: 2009-01-09.
Served in snifter.
500 ml bottle. Freshness date on label (Best before 2009-08-26). Artwork on label looks like itís inspired by a Tim Burton movie, and says "Spell binding stout".
A black - almost opaque - and thick brew. Head is small, caramel/tan colored and dissipates quickly. Some lacings clings onto the glass.
The smell is first and foremost of roasted barley and coffee. Some hints of licorice are also present.
The most prominent flavor is definitely strong, almost burnt, coffee. It is really reminiscent of coffee that has been kept heated a little too long, although more pleasant. When disaggregated the characteristics are of course roasted malts and coffee flavors. Some notes of licorice are present as well. Chocolate flavors, that are so often prominent in stouts, are there but not very evident. Slight bitterness in the finish. I think I would have liked a little more complex character and stronger flavors overall.
I would say this is a full-bodied beer, but compared to other stouts (which often has higher ABV-levels) perhaps it should be conceived of as medium-bodied instead.
I really like stouts. This is definitely not the most interesting or complex stout out there, but with 5% ABV this would be an excellent session beer. It goes down really easy, so drinkability is high.
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours pretty much jet black with a large creamy tan head that lasts ages and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Flavour has strong notes of roasted malt and dark chocolate up front with milky caramel at the back. Light to medium body, slightly thin mouthfeel with sweetness coming first and some lingering bitterness on the finish. Overall a nice stout, easy to drink but not particularly special in any way.
Case (212) - GERMANY - NOV 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a black body with medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malt. Light, watery body and mouthfeel. Taste is a lot better than the smell. Roasty, a bit of dark chocolate, a bit of bitterness. Average stout.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
500mL bottle. Black with almost no head. Aroma of chocolate and malt. Taste has more chocolate, roasted chocolate, and licorice.Mild bitterness and clean finish.