GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark chocolate brown, almost black, with a one inch off-white head that recedes to a decent collar and leaves very little lacing.
The aroma is very peaty and smoky, like Scotch, but not nearly as overpowering as some of the Scotch-aged beers I’ve had. There are plenty of roasted malts and a fair amount of citrus hops.
The taste has an initial sweetness from the malts mixed with the peat notes. There is some cocoa powder and black malts in the background though the finish is a duel between the oranges of the hops and the smoke from the malts.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation - dry and smoky in the finish.
This is an excellent stout with the peated malts really adding some complexity. I’ve normally been very disappointed with "Scotch-tasting" stouts but it’s pretty subtle here. Highly recommended.
Yorker (1934) - Herning, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, coffee, liquorice, and chocolate – with a slightly bitter finish.
kingstoni (1902) - FINLAND - SEP 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as Xbeeriment #44. Black color with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, wood, nuts and notes of lemon. Medium bitter taste with some sweetness. Medium bitter finish. Oily feel.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
popery (1879) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBSG09. This was kind of an odd one. It had a relatively mild, dry flavor for a stout (ok, for an impy stout, which it was not as I now see). There was almost an off cardboard note to it, although I assume it wasn’t aged. Perhaps, it was just something funny about the roasted barley. At any rate, there’s a very good roasted chocolate flavor in there with some good dry complexity. It just might have been too dry for the size of the stout and the strongly roasted barley flavor.
zdk (1854) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at #44 shared at the 5000 tasting - a little grassy, chocolately and boozey with a touch of cream. Raisins and a hint of detergent on the nose.
Dazz3 (1797) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at SB & WF 2011. Pours black with a small brown head. Smells soy and smoky. Tastes smoky malty, abit watery, with a similar finish.
kschep (1707) - DENMARK - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose of burnt malt, weak swet licorice, late hazel, mild feel, carb is weak, taste is alcohol, wood, smoke, licorice.
LoFi (1707) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a beige brown head leaving lots of lacing.
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, creamy.
Taste: chocolate, licorice, roasted, ashes, coffee, toffee.
Medium bodied, smooth.
Also GBWF, from my huge backlog. Additional notes: fruity, roasted, creamy milk chocolate, not very smoky.
Foffern (1617) - Bodø, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: dark chocolate, roasty coffee, hint of smoke
Appearance: Dark brown to black, hazy. Small beige head, disapears fast.
Taste: More of the roasty malt with a coffe touch. Dark chocolate.
Palate: Heavy body, feels very thick and creamy (In the beginning I felt I could drink this with a spoon), low carbo. Long medium-heavy bitter in the end.
Overall: A very tasteful and heavy stout. On the edge of becomming too bitter in the end, could be just little bit more balanced, but overall a beer that tastes as good as when you open the bottle as after an hour in the glass.
Linnet (1601) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Ar: smokey, licorice, coffee, burnt pork, alcohol, ashy.
Ap: black colour, medium beige head, lacing.
T: medium bite, mid-sweet, salty, smokey, licorice, smokiness well integrated.
P: medium body, average carbonation, warming, bitter, and salty finish.