bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Bottled. Pours an opaque inky black with a huge and lacy light brown head. The head lasts a ridiculously long time. Sort of the energizer bunny of heads. Aroma of coffee and molasses. Medium oily body and light carbonation. The first taste somehow reminded me of coffee and bacon.: brobaby the smoke. Nice roasty, nutty, woody, chocolate notes in there as well. Mildly bitter and smoky finish. Also tried it on draft at Collins Pub. I liked it better in the bottle, but it’s not really a fair comparision, I tried it on tap AFTER the Avery Imperial Stout.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really think this is one of the unhearalded stouts that come from Ireland today. If you see be sure and try it, classic in taste!
swiseman (487) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thick creamy head with heavy lacings. rich malt flavour with very little sweetness. strong lasting taste of coffee and dark chocolate. a nice stout for sipping after a meal.
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Totally opaque black. Earthy thick scent with lots of malt. Less spice then expected. Very pleasnat taste, lots of malts a bit herby and a bit flowery. Chives, caramel and dates. Sweeter aftertaste at first then a lingering almost curry like finish in the back of the throat. On of the best stouts I have had in a long time (could also be because it’s the first since I stopped smoking :) )
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Drank in a stout glass. Nice thick sticky Creamy head. Aromas of nice roasted malts, chestnuts, thick butter, toast and a hint of butterscotch. Dry to the palate with flavors of buttered toast, roasted nuts, woody.... Nice bitterness to it... not realy sweet. Not bad.
pootzboy (1694) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a deep, light-defying black into the glass with a mocha colored 3 finger whipped cream cap that lasted and laces...all this without nitorgen!!
Aroma: Dark roasty grains prevail, some nutty tones and light wet hay smells.
Thick real malt spine, chewy buttery mouth feel and a roasty-crisp deportment.
Up front you chew into black astringent malts...this goes to a butter-nutty decernament as it steeps on the tongue then the hops over take it and sent the drink into a sharp, dry finish.
I don’t like dry Irish stouts but this one is about as good as they get...more to the original character of this ale before it was abominated by Guinness and nitrogen.
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
decent stout, wonderful nose lotsa dark malts little hops goes down nice and smooth
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - NOV 2, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap. Another typical nitro stout. Weak aroma (thanks to the nitro) of roasted malts. Flavor very similar to Guinness but with the malts almost tasting burnt rather than just roasted. Overly thin palate for a stout.
probstblueribbon (3790) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50 cL bottle from LCBO. Pours a nice deep brown, opaque. Nose of smokey toffee, treacle, sweet, roasted aromas. A bit of molasses. Thin bodies, low carbonation. Very dry, slightly acidic, bitter finish that fades quickly. Some of the burnt-roasted malt comes through in the mouth. Not a style I’m big on. Given teh nose, I would prefer some sweetness when I drink it.
DerWeg (1612) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice pleasing reasonably deep dark roasry malts. Bright and slightly bitter hops are well integrated. Aroma is very easy-going. Flavorful quencher.