john44 (3133) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed 1/15/2013. 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours an ultra-dark brown color. Not perfectly opaque, mind you, but nearly. The head is a two finger heavy cream color with nice texturing, before it settles to one finger. Nice retention, too.
S: There are a ton of roasted malts and coffee. Some chocolate pops up, as well, perhaps even a hint of smoke. It also smells hoppy, even - maybe it IS generously hopped? I mean, that character of grapefruit peel prominent in Cascade hops is unmistakable here.
T: Again, there’s a healthy flavor of grapefruity hops right there in the midtaste. It starts a bit chocolaty before the hops come in full (well, moderate) force. Finish is pure roasted barley. Generally, it’s mild in flavor; while this keeps the competing flavors in check, it makes it a bit dull. Luckily it’s not overly acidic as many well-hopped stouts/porters tend to be.
M: Hits the clean dryness typical of the style well, but the finish goes too far into being astringent. A bit insubstantial and undercarbonated in its feel; par for the course in many dry stouts. Great drinkability nonetheless.
O: And as I finish my glass, I notice the bottle cap somehow fell down in there. How the hell did that happen?! Oh well, this a fine offering. Not great, but fine.
Cask at GBBF 2017, Olympia, London, Aug 2017 - Opaque black in colour. Good creamy tan head. Good lacing. Very malty; roasty/burnt malts, dark chocolate, caramel, some coffee, vanilla. Decent hop bitterness. Dry. Bitter dry roast malty throughout. Good dry stout. (2017-08) puboflyons (3446) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2017
From the 330 ml. bottle with a best before 28 Feb 2018 date. Deep dark brown to near black pour with a long lasting, tan colored and delicate head. Luscious aromas of dark roasted sweet malts, coffee, chocolate, with a low hop profile. The mouthfeel is medium to full. The taste is sweet, roasty, with a warming dry finish. It is only 6% but it almost seems to have a barrel-aged feel to it. This is one of the better stouts I have had in many months. MrTipple (5380) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2017
Cacao, very dark roast filter coffee, dark, charred malts. Very dark, hazy brown, medium, creamy, beige head. Medium bitter. Dry, dark roasted malts, charcoal, cacao, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Very nice Dry Stout, rich and well-balanced. Cask at GBBF17, Kensington Olympia. Beese (2938) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2017
Cask at The Great British Beer Festival 2017, Kensington Olympia. A nice, pretty much black pour. Bready malt aroma. Full, but not altogether perfected flavour. MohaBeer (284) - Lima, PERU - JUL 20, 2017
Color marrón muy oscuro casi negro, con muy buena espuma y retención. Malta maltoso tostado moderado-moderado alto, fenol a vainilla, ácido láctico, lúpulo terroso-floral bajo, ésteres a café, regalis, ciruela, pasas, chocolate, corteza de pan, plátano maduro. En boca malta maltoso tostado moderado, ésteres a café, chocolate bitter, ciruela, cassis, regalis, umami, fenoles a vainilla, pimienta blanca, lúpulo de amargor moderado, lúpulo terroso-floral moderado-moderado bajo. Final maltoso tostado seco con amargor sin astringencia, cuerpo bajo, carbonatación regular.
blackisle (2640) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2017
Bottle 33cl. poured into an English pint. Pitch black, tall macropore creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, heavy lacing; aroma roasted malts, cocoa, licorice; smooth taste, medium sweet and bitter, roasted malts, chocolate, light vanilla, dark bread, coffee; sweetbitter aftertaste, chocolate, roasty and earthy notes; medium body, watery to oily texture, average carbonation; excellent classic dry stout, very rich and tasty indeed. MarcinG (910) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2017
Butelka 500ml. @Gibneys Pub.Malahide. czarny kolor. Piana kremowa ,lekko bezowa opada dosc szybko w aromacie i smaku przewodzi ciemna gorzka czekolada,kawa ,kakao,lukrecja . Slody mocno palone i bardzo wyrazne. Lekka nuta wanilii na finiszu. Niezly stout kajser27 (1872) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUN 18, 2017
Black colored, medium tan creamy head, nice lacing, OK lasting. Aroma is malty, coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate, very inviting. Taste is medium sweet malt, roasted malt and dark chocolate, some toffee, coffee, vanilla, medium roasty bitterness, dry finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, creamy-silky. Excellent!
(bottle, Hollywood, Karlovac) Korcz (3389) - Warsaw, POLAND - MAY 9, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. superspak (5691) - Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2017
330 ml bottle into pint glass, best before 10/28/2017. Pours crystal clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of vanilla, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, nuttiness, pepper, yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of vanilla, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, smoke, char, nuttiness, pepper, yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, smoke, char, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent roast/hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness, increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an incredible dry stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of roast/bready malt and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very rich and complex roasted barley flavors; with complementing/balancing earthy hops and yeast in the background. A highly enjoyable offering, and best I’ve had in the style!