planky84 (3214) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2012
From the jug at the 2012 Pigs Ear Beer Festival, E London. Jet black pour with a beige head. Dark roast coffee aroma with dark chocolate, tobacco, wood and lots of smoke. Dark roast coffee, smoke and dark chocolate flavour. Full on throat warming action. Lovely stuff. Cunningham (7850) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 25, 2012
Black colour with a big bubbly and creamy beige topp. Peat and bacon aroma. Full body and a dry texture. Flavour was like the aroma. Rich peated and bacon. My mother enjoyed this more than me :-)obguthr (6296) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2012
[Bottle from Slijterij & Wijnhandel Meijer in Egmond Aan Zee, Netherlands]
Smoky charred beef, kidney pie on the nose. Dark brown, murky, thick beige head, some lacing. Smoky peat and meaty flavor, just as the aroma, but now within a prominent prune base. Not terribly sweet and no chocolate detected. Very meaty. Vells (1833) - Rīga, LATVIA - DEC 16, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2013 Very dark brown with thin beige head, that disappears quite fast.Nicely lacing.
Aroma.. a loads of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel, licorice (this time not too pushy). fruits. Quite smoky.
Intense sweet with long medium bitter finish.
Very well balanced quality brew.
WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - DEC 15, 2012
Fluffy cinnamon coloured head, licorice body. Aroma of coffee, anise, and... honey! Wood and honey along with those "stripped-away-base-of-all-beer" imp stout flavours, finish is dry and peaty. Supremely satisfying brew. 1/20th of the way to 10 000, baby!
SimplySike (1490) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2012
Poors black, with beige head.
Aroma chocolate, coffee, alcohol, smokey/roasted malts, licorice.
Taste coffee smokey bitter, some choco sweet, warming alcohol, well ballanced.
I actually like the smoke in this one :).
VastActiv (6938) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle 0.75l from Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Colour is black with large brownish head. Aromas and flavours are hops, smoke and roasted malts. Dazz3 (1798) - Hallsberg, SWEDEN - DEC 8, 2012
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a huge brown head. Smells smoked meat, coffee and roasted malt. Tastes alot of roasted malt, bitter, smoky, smoked meat, creamy, good balance. evergreen0199 (3318) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at Pig’s Ear Beer festival 2012, Hackney, London. A jet black coloured pour with a small beige/tan head on top. Intense roasty, malty, smokey aroma. Tastes very rich and heavy, roasty, malty, smokey, some chocolate, slight bitterness. Complex and well balanced. A quite superb stout. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Aroma of smoked meat, molasses, and anis. Pours black with a small tan head. Taste is very smoky. Wood chips, licorice and tangy mince meat. A little too smokey for me but a real treat.