Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - APR 19, 2015
A really Irish dry stout, from a 50 cl bottle. My first beer from this well-known and very Irish brewery. Opaque black colour under a creamy, lacing, yellow beige, fairly stable head. Very pleasant and attractively perfumed aroma of cocoa, milk chocolate, cappuccino, leather, bayleaf, raisins, walnuts, mocha ice cream and even some sweet honey, candied figs, black coffee grounds, pipe tobacco, some faint cloves, coconut, vanilla and liquorice perhaps and a vague hint of balsamic vinegar for balance; no off-flavours whatsoever, even the dreaded iron effect is nowhere to be seen. Dense taste with some candied sweetness but subduedly so, rather sparkling carbo (perhaps a bit much for this style), subtle sourish touch, supple and smooth mouthfeel but less creamy than expected from the style, a bit minerally, with a big, full dark maltiness in the middle, chocolatey, caramelly and nutty without any of these components dominating; finishes in a slightly ashy, coffee-like roasted bitterness, mouth-filling and lining the root of the tongue and the throat, very ’rounded’ and soft, with a leafy, somewhat spicy hop bitterness adding complexity; retronasal spiciness not unlike cloves and vanilla. In all: a very decent, robust and well-crafted dry stout, with a very inviting aroma; if I’d have to find something to pick on, it would be the carbonation, which is a little bit too high for the style and distracts a bit from the creamy maltiness. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this very much, highly recommendable for ’maltheads’. In terms of style: indeed maybe a bit sweet for a dry stout, so I can go along with the classification as a plain ’stout’ without further specification. MarkoNm (2880) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - APR 14, 2015
Pours a deep black color, topped with a decent and lasting beige colored head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate nad coffee can be picked up as well. Taste follows the nose. Some roastiness along with sweet chocolate and some bittery coffee. Creamy and smooth. klm1 (1782) - Bled/SF, - APR 10, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2016 Dark chocolate colour with tiny light brown head, which qickly dissapeared. Aroma of cacao, chocolate, with vanilla-coffee undertones. Similar is flavour with pleasing malty tones in aftertaste. Good brew. Alexi91 (437) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
Origin: Tap. Vessel: Half Pint Glass. Supplier: P. Mac’s (Dublin). Roasted malts with dark coffee undertones. jesperhammer (4874) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2015
27-MAR-2014, bottle @Papsø clear all tasting, @Amager Bryghus with Ulkløbben.
Dark Brown with low tan head. Aroma is weak roast and a touch of smoke. Smooth, thin body, easy drinking.
YantarCoast (1475) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAR 28, 2015
500ml bottle. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma of vanilla and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and light bitterness. CloakedDagger (2711) - - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle 33 cl. Comes as: "Carlow O’Hara’s Christmas Velvet". Pours an opaque black with a dense and lacing beige head. Roasty aroma. Medium body, velvety smooth roast, roasty bitterness. 270315 momordgz (295) - - MAR 25, 2015
Excellent irish stout, coffe and roasted vegetables. Creamy and very tasty. radzik5555 (635) - Gdynia, POLAND - MAR 23, 2015
doradobotella (240) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 20, 2015
Wygląd: Ciemne, brunatne, klarowne z rubinowymi refleksami, średnioobfita, beżowa, drobno i średniopęcherzykowa piana.
Aromat: Orzeszki koli, pieczywo ciemne, wiśnie, melasa, czekolada, kawa zbożowa i lekko estrowe - przy zamieszaniu guma balonowa.
Odczucie: Kremowe, wysycenie średnie, ciało średnie
Smak: Palone, drzewne, wędzone, skórka ziemniaka z ogniska, palona niska goryczka.
Apariencia: Color negro azabache y opaco con una capa de espuma muy cremosa.
Aroma: Agradable a chocolate, vainilla y pan, complejo intenso y lleno de sutiles matices.
Sabor: Se repiten esos toques a vainilla acompañados de cacao y cereal con un leve amargor torrefacto.