Brewed by Carlsberg Brewery
Style: Sweet Stout
Copenhagen, Denmark


on tap


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13638) - Randers, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2005
This was taken from deep in my cellar. Last day of sale: 14-01-04. and it was fantastic in taste, I havent tasted it "fresh", but this was sweet, liqourous and lovely. If you can: Store the Stout!!!!!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2005
Bottled. Chocolat and fishy aroma. Black color, bad looking head disappearing completely leaving debris on the glass instead of lace. Very sweet, lots of chocolat, light roasted. Sticky and chalky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16548) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 3, 2005
Bottled 0,7 ltr
Black, almost opaque color, vanishing chocolate/expresso head. Roasted coffee beans in the nose. Slightly roasted, sweetish and medium-bodied. Not very outstanding stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2005
Black body with a light brown head. Malty aroma with chocolate and coffee. Flavor is fairly sweet with chocolate and caramel. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (9713) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 25, 2005
Black beer with just a rim of foxy-amber at the edges; greige thick head. Coffee, dark chocolate, Haagse dropjes nose. Again these Dutch sweets (coffee+caramel+...) Haagse Dropjes. Liquorice is evident as well. The chocolate, however - its there and it isnt. Roasted malts and grains. Every sip ends in a short, slightly hoppy, definitely bitter edge. Rather light MF, fills in gradually, grist slickness. Nice not-too sweet stout. Not really my favourite style, but in this it excells. Carlsberg is seriously changing its image in my eyes, with this Semper Ardens series. Thanks to the Danish hobbits.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - FEB 13, 2005
This is great! Carls Porter is very good indeed, but this is so much better...Its dark and heavy, less "pushing" than Carls Porter, and dryer in the end. And that chocolate! Dark...belgian chocolate...lasts forever in the aftertaste. And....I dont give many beers a top score...maybe 1 out of 100...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle My first in the Semper Ardens line. A slight disappointmend. Quite regular for a cold fermented porter/stout. Alcohol content was quite appearant. In fact, I thought it stronger than it is. Dry and chalky with minimal finnish. (Aged bottle. 2 years?)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2008 [700 ml. bottle] Dark brown/black color with a very thin and quickly dissipating tan head. Slightly fruity and chocolate aroma with a slight malt mix. Flavor is slightly stale malt with a dark fruit taste mixed in and a slight licorice taste at the end. A bit thin bodied. Thanks Dixen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26788) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2004
Brown, almost black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of dried fruit, chocolate with roated notes. Flavor of malt, dried fruit chocolate and liquorice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - SEP 17, 2004
(on bottle)At last, a fine S.A.-product. Violet/black color. Strong chocolate sent, very smooth indeed. Extreemly soft and creamy ale, plesant like he*l.If you wait for it, it has some kaluhatones too. Great carbonation, at last; Carlsberg!

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