Alengrin (4892) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2017 The archetypical (even historically first ever) ’foreign stout, tasted many years ago in the original Irish version and revisited last year in its Burkinese version (from a bottle) and Togolese version (from a can), both of them received from Ruben, cheers. Lightly and irregularly lacing, moussy, pale greyish beige head with good ’edge retention’, slowly dissipating in the middle but leaving thin veils of foam; very dark mahogany brown colour but black in general appearance, limiting its maroon hue to the edges. Aroma cannot hide pasteurization - the first thing that springs to my nostrils - in a cooked vegetable-kind of way and also reveals a whole lot of tin can-like iron, overseeing less unpleasant aspects of diluted coffee grounds or even ’green’ coffee beans, pistachio nuts and peanuts, industrial beef stock cubes and even some gravy, haemoglobin, something sulfuric (egg yolk or even further than that), soggy brown bread, old dusty closets. Sourish and sweetish onset, roasted barley sourishness with dried fig sweetishness but both subdued and surrounded by a somewhat beef stock-like umami edge, softish carbonation, smooth oily mouthfeel, gliding effortlessly over the surface of the tongue, leaving behind a trail of malt bittersweetness, nothing too thick or layered here, just a fairly pleasant evolution from sweetish nuttiness towards toasted bitterishness, roasted in the very end but gently so, while at the same time delivering an unmistakable metallic, iron-like flavor, but not more so than in other variations on this theme I had and not more so than in a regular European draught Guinness. Finishes with ongoing ’nuttiness’ and the aforementioned increased roasted bitterness, supported by - as announced on the can - spicy hops but not to the point that they become obvious over the roasted barley; warming, almost rum-like alcohol is there as well producing a sedative glow in the back, nothing astringent or anything like that, but still perhaps a bit too obvious for a 7.5% beer. The metallic edge remains palpable but in a mild, not too obnoxious kind of way. I do not tend to have high expectations from African beers - as long as the international craft beer revolution has not reached it - but this is, all things considered, an enjoyable stout. It has a thicker umami effect and more ’moelleux’ feeling to it (but equally strong iron) than the widespread Guinness Draught you’ll find in any overly commercial Irish - or other - pub in Europe; in fact, I think I like this one, certainly the African versions, better. Feels less industrial than some other of Guinness’ stouts, quite filling and tasty, surely among the best African beers I had so far (which still doesn’t mean a lot, obviously) but lacks some of the ’exoticness’ of the Nigerian version I had ten years ago, which differs from other African (or any) Guinness stouts in using roasted sorghum, whereas this one apparently uses the classic roasted barley.
kamil3ds (44) - POLAND - SEP 8, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma- dark bread, roasty,caramel,
dark brown, nice foam, tall and smooth. Taste- sweet - light, bitter - medium, like Graham bread (personally I don’t like), bitterness from dark malt, body - full, creamy, carbonation flat.
malushky (111) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with beige, lasting head. Sweet aroma of cacao and chocolate. The taste starts very sweet, dried fruits, giving away to coffee and a long, bitter finish. Medium carbonation, a bit oily. Quite good in overall, but too sweet for my taste.
Tjomleif (204) - NORWAY - AUG 29, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl. Bottle. Black body, small lasting brown head. Aroma of molasse, chocolate, liquorice, light roasted malt and coffee. Flavours of roasted malt, coffee, light dried fruit notes, some liquorice, Good bitterness overall. Medium bitter finish.
abirres (109) - Salamanca, SPAIN - AUG 28, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vierte negra opaca con espuma cremosa de color beige de muy buena retención. En nariz destacan granos tostados, malta chocolate, en un fondo con ligeros toques a vainilla y crema de whisky, ligeramente ahumada, tabaco. Sabores de entrada a malta tostada, agrio característico sin ser muy prominente, de final seco y ligeramente amargo con cierto retrogusto a palo de regaliz.
g_georgiou (533) - CYPRUS - AUG 19, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown body with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel. Taste is sweet and light bitter. Light roasted coffee.
CraftBeerNick (2192) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home in Barbados, 17th August 16. Can’t believe I have not rated this before. Pours a thin black ale, some visible carbonation. Aroma is roasty, ashy, slight metallic. Taste is complex from the start, ash, tobacco, cocoa, roasted malts, liquorice. Really nice stuff.
Saeglopur (1926) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - AUG 14, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Meinl am Graben, Vienna, bb 04/02/17.
Black body, with a big, creamy, lacing, brown-beige head.
Aroma of tiramisu, caramel, coffee, cocoa powder, some vanilla, slight dark fruits.
Tastes of coffee, caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla, some wood, some liquorice, slight dark fruits.
Medium, very creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes roasty-bitter, quite dry, with coffee, cocoa powder, liquorice, wood, subtly sweet, a bit alcohol warming.
Tasty. Quite sweet, but well balanced, with enough roastiness and a lovely coffee/caramel combination. Great smooth, creamy palate. Very good style example, fully aromatic, but really quaffable at the same time. Another proof that this is one of the very best macro breweries.
Cajun (459) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - AUG 13, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Pours black, creamy tan head. Curious aroma of coffee, burnt pancakes, chocolate syrup, and funk. The flavor is better, and somewhat typical of stout, maybe a little on the sweet side.
tderoeck (8733) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
17/VII/16 - bottle @ home, preGF tasting - BB: n/a (2016-765) Thanks to Alengrin for sharing this new country tick!
Clear dark brown to black beer, big creamy irregular beige head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving some lacing in the glass. Aroma: very roasted, coffee, mocha, caramel, very malty, grains, wort. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, alcohol, sweet, caramel, bit malty, dark chocolate, little sourish. Aftertaste: bitter hops, metallic, bit sweet, alcohol, grains, malty, more alcohol.