DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 11, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Black with a nice brown head, a bit creamy. Aroma of dark chocolate, mocha, some liqueur and a bit of dark fruits. Flavor of lots of chocolate with some berries/cherries, some caramel, a nutty note and a drier and slightly burnt finish. Full-bodied. Great stuff. Theis (15151) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle at home - shared with Mette - Thanks to Baron. Pitch black - nice light brown head. Chocolate, high malty, breadish, coffee, nice bitterness, bitter burned, light grainy notes, dark fruits, light peppery, light gunpowder, ok hoppy bitterness, texture is oiley, charcoal. Nice. Tmoney99 (14978) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle from Shigadey. Poured a black color with a moderate rocky brown head that mostly lasted and produced sticky legs and good lacing. Good roasted chocolate, coffee, ginger and alcohol aroma. Full body with a smooth texture. Heavy complex roasted bittersweet stout flavor with a smooth bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout brew. kermis (14553) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2013
Bottle shared thanks to iphonephan. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roast, licorice, soy, tobacco, dark chocolate, light vegetal. Flavour is light heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2007
(12oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Medium brown head with brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, grassy/grapefruit, some roast, light alcohol. Taste is medium sweet, roast/chocolate, easrthy/grapefruit, some alcohol burn, green apple. Medium-full body.
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Bottle... a most excellent bonus from Pailhead. Pours absolutely black with a dark brown head and decent lacing. Aromas of coffee and chocolate. Taste is very intense! Similar notes as in the aroma with a nice bitterness to balance it out. Creamy mouthfeel. This is a damned good stout. crossovert (13909) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
It pours a dense, dark black with a nice foamy tan head. Thehead sticks for a nice while. It has a bit of decent lacing.
The smell is pretty standard for a RIS. It is clean, not superbly fragrant, but consistent with the style. There is some raisin, dark fruits, cocoa, and coffee
The flavor is where you can tell this is a leine’s product. It isn’t bad but it is inferior to the standard of the style. It has a lot of components: a nice bitterness, coffee, caramel, chocolate, dark fruits, a surprising hppiness, and a hint of roastiness, but it doesn’t mesh as well as it could. There is a flavor sticking out that is just unnatural.
The mouthfeel is pretty full-bodied, perhaps a bit excessive carbonation however. The alcohol isn’t completely hidden. It has a bit of a cloying sweetness.
It is a nice attempt by a macro brewery, but there is still room for improvement.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-10-2010 23:21:11 Christian (13823) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2011
Black with a lasting tan head. Big aroma of chocolate, dried fruit, licorice and vineous alcohol. Sweet licorice, sugar and chocolate flavour with a roasted finish. Inviting aroma but too much sugary sweetness in the mouth. BeerandBlues2 (13821) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
12-oz bottle received via trade with tjthresh. Pours opaque with a small, fizzy, light brown head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (molasses, chocolate, coffee), average hops (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of alcohol, prune, smoke, tar, and licorice. Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness and bitterness, light acidity. Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Bottle at Bodega in La Crosse. Pours brownish-black with a medium foamy khaki head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing. Roasted coffee aroma with hops behind it. Medium body with a roasty coffee character and flavors of grainy malt and hops. The finish is black coffee with a lingering roasty flavor left over. Above average overall.