jgb9348 (5235) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown coloured body with a very prominent ruby and violet glow near the bottom, with a thin, half centimetre tall light-brown head. Aroma of smoked peat, nuts, earth, raisins, alcohol, a bit of coffee and some milk sugars as well. Medium-bodied; Strong roasted malt and peat flavours with a bit of soy sauce and a little earth, but a very thin finish and a bitterness that is pungent. Aftertaste has a bit of an oaky, earthy finish of malt and peat, but the sugars don’t exist and the complexity isn’t much more than a cup of starbucks (read overroasted) coffee. Overall, not such a great beer and perhaps missing a stride along the way in the flavour profile and finish - this one didn’t have the legs. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 28-May-2012 for US$9.95 sampled at home in Washington on 12-February-2013, the day of the State of the Union Address for the first address of the second term of President Obama’s presidency.
hallinghansen (2469) - Odense S, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Black body with a large light brown head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, smoke, sweet. Flavor is caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, smoke, sweet.
obguthr (4907) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Coffee and soil nose. Cloudy brown, thick head. Char and soil flavor, astringent.
mike_77 (4326) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Very dark brown colour. Flavour is on the whole far too sour. Body is really thin and watery.
mcberko (10578) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Apex, pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma of light smoke and medium roasted malt – not too smoky. Flavour of lightly ashy smoke, roasted malt and some dry cocoa. Full-bodied, with a tasteful amount of smoke. Very solid stuff.
Leighton (15389) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Pours black-brown with a fine, white foam head. Tangy dark malt nose. More tangy dark malts in the flavor, some dusty cocoa. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Dry finish, light roast, mild tang. Seems old, not in top condition. Would be kind of weak to bring an out-of-shape beer to the fest. But this beer was just OK.
BenH (3252) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Near black with a tan head. Nice roasty aroma, some chocolate and burnt toast. Similar taste with a slight charred smokiness. Slightly sweet and a little thin for its abv. Nice
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted dark chocolate malts, dark fruits, smoke, vanilla, molasses, black licorice, and a hint of booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of dark chocolate malts with some raisin and other dark fruits and some black licorice. Through the middle, some vanilla and smoke comes through with some molasses. The finish is a mix of dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla, dark fruits, molasses, and a touch of booze.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and a touch creamy with a sweet and smokey finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced smoked stout with a nice blend of smoke flavor and base stout.
esp0r (2459) - NORWAY - JUN 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home
Pours dark brown, black in glass, 1 cm tanned head. Smells of yeast, roasted malts, peat and hints of diacetyl. Taste is massive roasty malts, medium sweet. Then a wall of tar and smoke takes over. Wow. The taste is better than the aroma promise for sure. Also some liquorice in the back. Nice aggressive finish, quite bitter, medium. Full body, average carbonation, oily texture. Totally this is a bit hit and miss for me. The taste is awsome but the smell is not so good. Some more balance here and the beer will rise
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 21st November 2009
Opaque black beer. Dry dry palate!! Rich malt, quite well toasted. Some bitter hops then comes through. Some creamy malt and a trace of dark fruits in the finish. The combination of over dryness, hard roasted malt and hops that impart nothing but bitterness are about as welcome as a kick in the goolies! 2.3.
3rd May 2013
CBC. Opaque black - brown beer. good tan head. Palate is soft and airy. Minerals. Creamy dark malt, a little roast. Light coffee. Light touch of smoke. Unsweet dark chocolate. Finishes with a little roast bitterness. Well joined up!