Theydon_Bois (17960) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Patrick in Montreal for an IP trade on this one. Poured into a Meantime goblet (Mar ’12) at room temperature to a rich black colour (dark chestnut brown when held to the light) and a good fingers worth of creamy tan head which soon reduces to a small pond atop the glass.
Smells of sweet chocolate, roasted malts and a pinch of aniseed in the background.
Tastes of milk chocolate, roasted malts, a slight coffee flavour but all about the chocolate for me.
Great mouthfeel to this beer. Medium bodied verging on fuller bodied, surprisingly so for a 5.2% beer with a great creamy feel that really massages the throat as it goes down. Little carbonation - spot on.
An excellent stout full of flavour showcasing that beers don’t need to be 8% plus to carry this level of flavour! Also excellent at room temperature and no need to cool this one!
Bov (12277) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from le Mondial de la Bière 2011, Strasbourg - dark black beer with a modest foam let; solid aroma of cold coffee, dark chocolate and licorice; medium-bodied and with some sweetness; a light tart bitterness and a long chocolatey and coffeeish aftertaste
Minderbinder (3422) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with low brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt, sligth acidity, bitter, chocolate. Overall: Nice roast taste. Well balanced. Pretty decent stout.
rederic (3293) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle, deep black color, with a bubbly tan head, with a mild grainy roasted, black, chocolate, toasted malt, oat cereal, granola chocolate bar, bran muffin nose, with a light espresso coffee, cocoa spicy accent, and some brownie, burnt dried raisin, fig, café latté, and kind of buckwheat pancake note in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, burnt fruitcake, bran muffin, semisweet chocolate baking bar, espresso, cocoa raw powder, grainy roasted, black, chocolate, toasted malt character, with some burnt toast, black coffee, roasted grounded coffee bean, burnt bran muffin flavours, with a brownie, light mochaish, vanilla, chocolate truffle, faint molasses backbone, leading towards a fruity, yeasty, burnt toast, roasted maltiness, dark bitter chocolate, cocoa finish.
lesifflebiere (1747) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stout classique très bien réussie. On y retrouve comme convenu les saveurs typiques de café, de chocolat, et un brin de vanille dans un liquide bien opaque, caché sous une mousse bien brune. La St-Barnabé ne réinvente pas le style, mais elle le définit presqu’à la perfection. Très bonne bière noire, l’une des meilleures sur le marché au Québec.
herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml shared by garthicus. Black pour, frothy cream head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate. Thin body, bitter burnt malts, dark chocolate and coffee flavors. Touch of molasses. Nice balance. Slight bitter finish.
AlainG (2080) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Belle bière noire coiffée d’un généreux col mousseux brun. Au nez, le chocolat se signale tout de suite, pour ensuite laisser la place à des effluves de mélasse. En bouche, c’est un goût de café espresso bien senti qu’on a le plaisir de déguster, accompagné d’une belle amertume en finale. (122-011211)
erickok (5629) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark body with small yet smooth and lasting tan head. Prunes, chocolate coated raisins, smooth malts, earthy, brown sugar. Smooth palate, good stout taste, fairly rich bit never sticky. Low but present carbonation. Light bitterness, fairly roasted. Classic example of a good, well made stout. It?s a little thin compared to the modern, big imperial stouts but tasty and well made and certainly not thin against the vast majority of brews. Good brew, especially at this abv. (50cl bottle from Bière Révolution)
neongolden (1332) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from a friend’s bottle served cool. Pours inky black with a big, foamy cream head. Aroma is a lighter coffee, chocolate, some roasted notes. Flavour is more of the same, not particularly sweet even at the start and fading to a pleasant bitterness with minimal acidity. Finish fairly short. Mouthfeel was moderate, somewhat creamy but not terribly substantial, with very low carbonation. A good example of an Irish dry stout, not my favourite style but this one nails it.
cfrancis (3259) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a dark brown frothy top. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. Taste is dry roasted malt, small smoke and coffee. Bitter dark chocolate lingers.