Palme (4816) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2013
0.5l bottle. This is a deep dark brown - near black one with a medium sized really bubbly light brown top. On the nose it’s subtle, some faint smoke, roasted malts and fruits. Nothing extraordinary, but not bad in a way not so bad either. It opens up after a while in the glass. It’s lively carbonated and the mouthfeel is quite thin. Soft roasted thin-coffee flavors. Some smoky hints, light sweet with bitter nuts in the finish. Ends with a really mouthdrying biscuit like aftertaste. Easy drinking, and absolutely nice enough for a non-extreme stout. 20.02.2013 visionthing (5496) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 20, 2013
50cl bottle from Meny Løren. Pours black with a beige head. Roasty aroma with some smoky notes and hints of caramel, chocolate and dark fruits. Sweet, malty and roasty with balanced bitterness. Lightly bitter aftertaste with roasty notes. Nice and quite flavourful stout. ration (2261) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2013
080313. Bottle at Pekko, Tampere. Pours black with a medium head. Aroma roasted, malts, but, coffee. Light bodied. A bit more punch to it and would be very nice. Not Bad. olio (10469) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 8, 2013
50 cl bottle @ Oluthuone Pekko, Tampere. BBE 28.06.2013.Imaena (2328) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - MAR 3, 2013
Pours dark brown, almost black color with a small steady head. Aroma of ash, mild milky chocolate, some cocoa powder and mild toasty malts. Flavour of roasted malts, chocolate, some faint fruit notes, cocoa, distant lactic notes and mild caramel. Smooth slightly creamy palate, dry bitter finish. Quite pleasant.
This is a great stout to grab if you find yourself at a Scottish supermarket. not the best in the world but not bad either.
unstablefable (233) - SCOTLAND - FEB 3, 2013
Pours dark almost black with ruby on the fringes, bit of lacing. aroma is of sweet dark malts, hints of chocolate, sweet. taste is sweet still, with more than a hint of chocolate and some earthy cereal grains, surprising bitter finish.
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JAN 22, 2013
Sweet and comforting malts breaking into stronger molasses and then finishing with a hint of chocolate. flying_pig (1627) - SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2013
From Tesco (£1.70 for 500ml):stravale (3088) - Co. Westmeath, IRELAND - DEC 24, 2012
Sweet with a few roasted malts to begin as expected along with some coffee and a nutty aroma too. Not the darkest stout on the nose with some nice fruit notes coming through too.
Dark ruby, almost black and topped with a huge, foamy, dome-shaped head that is light brown and seems to get bigger the longer the beer is sitting.
Sweet with the usual roasted malts and coffee with some chocolate and a few dark fruits as well and even a few hops coming through.
Light medium bodied beer, quite clean and almost watery with mild carbonation and a fair bit of bitterness along with a very slightly dry finish but nothing too severe with a good balance overall.
A little sweeter than I was expecting which was a pleasant surprise. There was a good balance and it was an easy to drink stout, the only real complaint was that it began to feel a little watery towards the tail end but other than that it was an enjoyable drink.
Bottle from Tesco 241212
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
Black, ruby edges, frothy bubbly tan head with some lacing
Aroma - soft roasted malts, dark sweet malts
Taste - Roasted malts, dark sweet malts, getting a touch of milk sugars, touch of chocolate
Palate - Medium carb and body, smooth palate. Finish as main flavour, a little dry with a touch of bitter charcoal in the finish
Overall - I should have rated this ages ago. I’ve had the cask many times and this is pretty good bottled stout but not a patch on the cask beer which is more flavoursome, creamy with a richer body. The pasteurisation knocks some of the magic out of this stout and it becomes plainer. Maybe the bottled version needs to be brewed at a higher abv.
From bottle, dark brown leading to black colour. Treacle aroma with hint of dark chocolate and a strong nuttiness. Prominent malty flavor with molasses and a nice bitter ending. Smooth on the palate, not overly carbonated. Pleasant.