Brewed by Carlsberg Brewery
Style: Sweet Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Criollo Stout is the latest in Carlsbergs Semper Ardens range of exclusive hand-brewed beers. The name comes from the Criollo cocoa beans used in the chocolate that is added during the brewing process. Among the malt types used, chocolate malt and caramel malt deliver the lightly burnt, sweet malt aroma together with the black colour. Rye malt contributes and characteristic acidity and taste nuances. Pilsner malt is also used. Criollo Stout is unfiltered. The remaining yeast adds body and a certain dryness in the finish. A small amount of English liquorice is also added and the stout is hopped with a carefully chosen bitter hop together with a Saaz aroma hop.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonas (7472) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - MAR 18, 2003
Coffee, burned malt and chokolate nose. Black, no head A bit harsh licorice start, yeasty vineous notes, coffee aftertaste slightly fizzy mouthfeel, a bit weakbodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hildigltur (5105) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2003
Dark brown colour with a quickly diminishing and very strange and weak head. Both the dark Valhrona chocolate and the English liquorice are present in the aroma and the flavour. I sense some notes of Danish rye bread as well (presumably from the rye malt). The pleasant finish is quite bitter and rather dry. This is a good brew, but in my opinion it would benefit from being more full bodied and slightly stronger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8565) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2003
Nice try, but the use of lots of different malts, dosn't make the stout real special. Well, a bit of chocolate, but not as good as youngs double. Real weak head, goes of to quickly, and its not soft. Still it has a soft and nice start of the taste and finish with a good bitternes from the chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
japet (38) - DENMARK - FEB 21, 2003
A good strong dark stout. It's dry with a taste of chocolate. The colour is dark brown with a nice head, but the price is much too high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2003
Good choccolate stout. The choccolate is not very obvious, but Carlberg clams that it is Valrhona choccolate. Valrhona or not, the beer is way too expensive and not enough experimenting. It is absolutely not a bad stout, but not worth all the money. Evan Young's choccolate stout is cheaper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madsberg (11761) - Sborg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2003 Bottled: Dark brown coloured with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma of malts, yeast and chocolate. Has a chocolatish flavour with some bitterness. This beer is very mild and round. Slightly roasted. IMHO not as good as Youngs Chocolate Stout, but still a very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2003
IMHO the best "Semper Ardens" so far. Beautyful colour, with a (too) fast disapearing head. Rather well balanced. I would have liked a bit more hops, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (36944) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2004 [The new version] A pitch black beer with a nice foamy head though quite fast disappearing. The aroma is sweet with chocolate and fruit notes. The flavor is really nice, well balanced with a good sweetness to start off with subtle notes of chocolate, licorice, and fruit. Then the flavor turns smoked (a light smoke taste for a stout) and finally it ends on a good bitterness. Really a great beer from start to finish. [The old version from 2000 - tasted 4 years old - different recipe] The aroma is sweet chocolate combined with nuts. The color is brown with an orange-brown head. The flavor is chocolate, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol ending in a nice roasted dry finish. This has really matured well, so I'll definatly but some away rating for this version 6/5/9/4/18=4.2

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2003
Beautiful almost black colour, big bubbled head. Pleasant lightly sweet aroma with malts and cocoa. Flavour is dominated by bitter chocolates; very nice, but more complexity would be desirable. Fairly flat carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johans (36) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2003
Almost perfect aroma of liqorice and chocolate. Nice appereance too. The flavour is a little too dry and bitter for my taste.

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