ALLOVATE (3002) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 What can you say about a beer that is now recognised as one of the top Foreign Extra Stouts in the world, and it is definitely not due to hard advertising!. This beer pours a typically opaque black with dark brown ends. A head forms, then dies, to lace a sandy trail down the glass. Aroma is very feint, chocolate and fireplace ash, but this beers dominance is all in the taste. Flavour is, to use a cliché now associated with this beer, like roasted coffee and burnt stick, with dry roasted grains, cinnamon and molasses. Becomes very bitter in the back (without becoming astringent) and through to its long smoky, burnt sugar swallow. Light bodied yet quite robust and well rounded. Yeast floats around in the glass, reminding us of good traditional stouts, and helps develop the biscuity smooth feel that balances its bitterly dry edge. Quite nice. mjg74 (3093) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Pours pitch black in color. Aroma seems to be mostly of chocolate with some roasted coffee bitterness. Flavor is mostly roasted coffee up front, then the bitterness comes and finishes off with a nice roasted flavor. Quite a rich stout. omhper (24959) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2004
Bottled. Very dark brown. Chocolatey with tar and coffee. Full bodied with solid, bold mouthfeel, Dryish finish with some hops. Stout! Stew41 (2021) - Phuket, THAILAND - NOV 23, 2004
UPDATED: APR 14, 2012 Vintage: Best After June 2006Hansen (8587) - Assentoft, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2004
Consumed: March 2008
Clearly starting to dry out as a 2yr old but this beer is still in good nick. Some lightening at the rim as dark brown fades towards a tokay-like burnt orange brown. Nose is driven by dry roasted malts that are quite mild although a hint of milk chocolate remains. Palate is lean and dry with mild roast and some milder astringency. Certainly fading when I compare to the previous tasting. Notwithstanding hard to be critical given the age.
Vintage: Best After June 2006
Consumed: July 2007
Poured well again with a big thick coffee coloured head. Didn’t last long but looks good. Soft friendly nose of milk chocolates and just the faintest hint of grainy roasted malts. Once again perhaps the palate doesn’t stack up to the nose. Some fizz, only a fraction on the high side; this may subdue the chocolate and malt. Medium length and strength finish. Not going anywhere but won’t blow your socks off. In good nick for its age (probably 18 months since brewed).
Vintage: Best After June 2006
Consumed: August 2006
Pours very nicely with a thick, light tan head. Breaks up very quickly. Attractive chocolate brown in colour. Aromas are a touch underwhelming; mild chocolate and dry roasted malts. Good length. Fairly fizzy palate for the style and probably subdues the flavours from really hitting their straps. Again what should be obvious stout characters of chocolate and roast is mild. Not really deserved of its top 5 Oz status (as per ratebeer.com) on this tasting. Given this beer was drank relatively young I can only assume in needs a little time to show its best.
Dark and with a ligth-brown head. Aroma is a bit smoked. Flavor is dominated by burnt malt notes.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2005 Dark brown opaque w/ a lasting light brown head, sort of lke a milk chocolate bar. Roasty, caramel, and brown sugar sweetness in the initial nose. Molasses is very apparent as it warms. Some red wine like fruitiness & alcohol, very subtle diacetyl, and bit of tart yeastiness. Well balanced, but to malty; roasty & sweet at first, but turns to bitterness partly from hops, but more from the roasted barley. Wine like dark fruit character that was in the nose is also present in the the flavor along with toffee and alcohol flavors. Finish is semi sweet w/ roasty and toasty malt flavors & a just a hint of sourness from the dark grains. Aftertaste is a little sugary. Lighter body, but not watery, medium carbonation, lightly dry m/f. A very good, underated stout IMHO!!!! turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 bottle poured black with no head. Nice roasty aroma.
Awsome roasty caramel, roasted and malts flavor.
This is a great stout!!
gustytke (8) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 14, 2004 does not count
Black color, pours with rich, thick, milky, brown head that flattens almost immediately. Yeast, alcohol, and caramel smell. Bittersweet flavors (brunt caramel, roasted malts) moves to sweet with the finish. Rich sweet malty finish with a touch of hops to retain some bitterness. Lingering sweetness. Good, but not great. PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2004
Balck, brown creamy lasting head. Good carbonation. Aroma full of licorice and some sweetness. Mild yet firm flavour. More licorice. Roasted malts. Smoke? Some underlying sweetness. Dry finish. overall very well balanced. Watery palate, byt very nice. thehipone (197) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 10, 2004
A good roasty stout. Has a brown head that disappears rather quickly. Has a strong flavor of deeply roasted malt, tastes a bit like burnt sticks. A bit of alcoholic flavor is present, but not extremely noticeable given the complexity of the other flavors. Some slight fruitiness, reminiscent of cooper’s sparkling ale is there if you look for it. Strong bitterness from "the dreaded" pride of ringwood hops. A bit fizzy, but has a full-bodied mouthfeel. A good stout. A great choice when you only want to have one beer.