Brigadier (3690) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
12 ounce bottle
laiti (8481) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2013
Thanks to leaparsons for giving me this excellent bottle. Another fantastic London brewery, this is the sort of thing that would have me ignoring other countries in favor of just drinking locally. If all English beers were this good I could see more of them moving on the shelves of American shops.
Aroma / Appearance - An oily black base pours like syrup into the glass. Thick creamy head crawls down the side like sheets of melting chocolate. Hazelnut, coffee, and licorice are a rich blend. Smoky chocolate hangs in the air. For the style this is perfect.
Flavor / Palate - Creamy and chewy chocolate sweeps across the tongue in waves. Each sip is a blend of coffee, bitter chocolate, and espresso beans. The thick finish coats the mouth but lacks the massive booziness of a big huge stout. This is a perfect way to finish up travels around Europe.
33 cl bottle @ home. Bottled 12.03.2013, BBE 12.03.2016johndoughty (5452) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2013
Aroma is sweetish with cocoa notes and coffee. Flavour has salty licorice, soy sauce, herbal notes, coffee, tobacco and ash. Finishes with more herbs that turn into lingering bitterness. Rather good for a foreign stout.
Bottle. Black with a small head. Medium body, malty and slightly roasted. Very nice but lacking complexity. Easy to drink and well bottled. KyotoLefty (10265) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2013 Looks like my rating no. 5,000 came under the tracks at the Partizan brewery, with Neil, Mike, and Karim. 17 August 2013. Bottle. Salty, soy, coffee nose. Black with a nice, fine head. Creamy, sweet flavor, cola and soy sauce, nice and full-on, coffee, umami. Meaty. Nice.
shoulderbroken (4255) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle at the brewery. Dark brown, golden colour. Aroma is bit spicy, roasty, bit of ginger. Taste similar lots of roast, quite nice, bit spicy too. Ginger, chocolate, slightly bitter.
ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2013
Tap sample @ Haand Festival 2013. Pitch black body, small light beige head. Aroma is sweet licorice, ashes, filter coffee, hints of cocoa and leather. Taste is dark chocolate, licorice, hints of sweet grains, leather and hints of ashes and herbs. Full body, medium carbonation. Pretty good. SarkyNorthener (4627) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with medium off white head. Aroma of chocolate and a touch of lactose. Taste is burnt ash, chocolate, some dark fruits and some earth. medium bodied and a touch oily. I felt the burnt taste was too overpowering. I was a bit disappointed in this one. It was good but I was expecting a lot more. saxo (18538) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle from AlesByMail.co.uk. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, lactose sugar, chocolate, coffee, licorice and hops. Beersiveknown (5284) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle at home from trafalgar wines, Brighton.imdownthepub (14557) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
Dark russet tinged brown with lacing of offwhite head. Coffee, dark chocolate, touch of tobacco. Full bodied, light carbonation, toasty malt, roast barley, dry, some burnt malt, ash.
Bottled, 330ml from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Black with tan head. What a wonderful aroma on opening, rich dark chocolate and roasty malts. Sleek pour, quite big on the palate with coffee husk and liquorice, very darkly roasted malt. A bobby dazzler.