Benzai (16226) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2016
Bottle @ home. Opaque dark brown to black color, medium sized dark brown head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is malts, soft roasted malts, some coffee slightly in the background. Taste malts, light roast, some milk chocolate, mocha. Quite sweet, only a slight bitter touch. Medium body, decent carbonation. Quite nice, I like this a lot! MelvinKalksma (1629) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2016
gunnar (9333) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2016
Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, chocolate, mocha, roasted malts and coffee.
Opaque black beer with slight yeast and with a slight/medium dark brown head.
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, chocolate and mocha; ends slightly dry with roasted malts and coffee.
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. The sweet chocolate and mocha flavour is slightly dominating the dry and roasted finish, but it does not matter that much; it could still have been more roasted and bitter however.
Bottle from Ales By Mail. Pours thick oily black with a big creamy mocca head. Aroma of dark chocolate, weak roast malt and nuts. Taste is light dry roasted malts, weak sour roast, soft carbonated, lingering chocolate, bitter and moreish stout. alex_leit (4809) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 23, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown, close to black color, tan foam. Aroma intense malty, caramel, slightly burnt barley, wine, dried fruits and sweets. Taste: rich malty, light sweetness, caramel, roasted and burtnt malt, dried fruits, prunes, soft and pelasant hop bitterness. Vaiz (4460) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle at home. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, licorice and some coffee. Flavor is quite bitter, dry and a little burnt. Thick body and well balanced. Nice one.
andrepintado (3549) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUN 21, 2016
Bottle from cervezalandia. Dark color. Thin brown head. Taste is light to medium sweet, medium bitter. Aroma is chocolate, roasted, light liquorice, nutty, hops. erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 8, 2016
Extremely think Black body. Deep chocolate. Intense and yet nothing cloying or overwhelming. No big alcohol either, could even use some more. Very rich and satisfying. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bière) tiong (7452) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2016
355ml bottle from Saveur-Biere. Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Aroma of roasty malts, coffee, vanilla, cocoa and chocolate. Taste is smooth, sweetish and slightly earthy with hints of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Finish is slightly roasty and earthy with some chocolate and coffee. Okay, quite smooth. Alengrin (5554) - BELGIUM - MAY 20, 2016
One of Mad River’s beers named after the ’steelhead’, apparently a local name for the rainbow trout. Medium thick, creamy, tan head breaking in the middle but otherwise retaining well, over a jet black beer, not even letting any light through at the edges - clearly a lot of dark malts went in here. Very pleasant ’sniffing’ bouquet of chocolate sauce and ’fondant’ chocolate bars, cocoa powder, cappuccino, vanilla beans, stewed beef, coffee powder, cinnamon, subtle hints of damp pipe tobacco, gingerbread, kahlua, smoldering Cuban cigar ashes, horse steak, English Christmas cake, hazelnut paste, dried banana, black pepper, wet leather. Creamy onset of ’deep’ basic sourishness nicely paired with restrained raisin and fig sweetness as well as meaty umami - the classic onset of any good stout, I’d argue. Carbonation remains very soft, supporting an oily, creamy, thick body, built on a thick layer of immediately toasted bittersweet malts which turn more roasted bitter in the end with black bitter chocolate and even aromatic black coffee flavors, but do not lose a thin trace of caramel sweetness for balance; this malty bittersweetness with more roasted bitterness than caramelly sweetness dominates the finish, where a dash of peppery, spicy hops is thrown in and eventually a faint but noticeable glow of ’non-obnoxious’, soft and rounded, generic alcohol joins forces, while delicious cocoa and vanilla impressions rise up retronasally. After swallowing, the ’dull’, almost metal-like sourishness of roasted barley sticks to the throat as a reminder that it was indeed a stout you just poured down - along with lingering black coffee flavors. Satisfying, aromatic, well-bodied and tasteful stout, rich and filling while technically flawless: this is very accomplished. In terms of substyle: too strong and too creamy for a dry stout, I guess this qualifies as one of those non-historical new American ’double’ stouts. Whatever it is: nothing extreme here, but so well-balanced and that I would still recommend it to any stouthead. Beerhunter111 (21797) - P´Castle, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2016
12 fl.oz. bottle. Pours very dark orange brown colour with a mid-sized tan head. Aroma of sweet mild roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, lacto. Taste of sweet milky roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee and lacto.