SP23 (10) - Jurupa Valley, California, USA - OCT 8, 2008BeardedAvenger (736) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2017
Very mild roasted grainaroma with almost no coffee to speak of. Esters low at best and very little hop aroma. Overall this beer really lacks in aroma all together.Closer to medium brown than black and somewhat thick.Started off with a 1.5 inch head that lasted about 3 minutes, then finished to an 1/8 inch. Sweet yes, all be it closer to heavy versus medium. Definite oat with dark roasted grain along with a nutty flavor that compliments well. Diacetyl level closer to medium high with toffee flvor and slickness that does not take away from the beer. Very little hop flavoer if any. Full body, very smooth and creamy. Very sweet upfront, oats and slight toffee taste. It finishes dry and clean with a wonderful aftertaste. I drank this close to room tempature and the carbonation was medium.I feel that for the most part this beer fits its style catagory closely and it makes for a great beer. I will drink it again for sure and foer many reasons.It tastes amazing, low in alchohol for the flavor and very drinkable. This could be a session beer for a regular RIS drinker.
Bottle from Bury Lane Farm Shop, Herts. Coffee with sugar and cream aroma. Some liquorice in the tail. Glossy black. Thick beige head. Medium bitter. Coffee (no sugar), liquorice, roast. Gains sweetness in the finish, tart berries. Underlying creamyness. Medium bodied. Watered down oil. Lively carbonation, potentially overly so. Low key but astringent finish. Decent enough but the amount of carbonation and astringent part mar it for me. Not as good as I remembered. Bacchus66 (182) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2017
12oz bottle. Dark mahogany pour, full head that fades to a thin tan cap. Rich, roasted malt aroma. Roasted flavors, dark chocolate, hints of coffee. Medium bodied. Silky mouthfeel, drying finish. SimonBlok (538) - GRONINGEN, NETHERLANDS - JUN 7, 2017
35,5cl bottle at home. Appearance: dark brown with medium beige head. Aroma: toffee, coffee, soysauce, roasted malts, port and apple. Taste: medium sweetness and medium bitterness. Notes of coffee, soysauce, butterscotch, dark bread, roasted malts, oats and some fruits. Palate: medium bodied, oily texture and medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little weak Demens (424) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 7, 2017
0,355l bottle. Thick black colour with long lasting stiff beige head. Aroma: Caramel, chocolate, slight roasted coffeebeans with nut and dark fruity notes and a little bit cheese tone. Complex. Taste: Sweet, full malty start with lots of toasty and slightly fruity tones in the sip with a decent bitter but soft mouthfeel and a little bit sourish oat side note. Has a sliky texture. Well balanced, complex but in a sophisticated way. Medium body with medium carbonation. Long gently sour/bitter and softly dry finish. Very well made beer. gyhallmanti (470) - Groningen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2017
35.5cl bittle thanks to SimonBlok. Pours a a jetblack colour with a small beige head. Aroma of port, roasted malt, chocolate, liquorice, candy sugar, bit fruity. Taste is medium sweet, soft bitter with a low dry finish. Notes of port, chocolate, liquorice, candy sugar, plums, raisins, roasted malts, dark malts, toffee. Texture oily to watery, light to medium bodied with medium carbonation
Scipio (1041) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2017
Pours black with a big, creamy looking, light tan head. The aroma is big on chocolate and licorice, along with toasted malts, nuts, and caramel. It is a lot like the aroma in a foreign stout. The taste is dry and with some sweetness. Some bitterness comes through late. Toffee and toasted malts are the strongest flavors. Lesser chocolate, nuts, bread, mild herbal hops, and hints of licorice make up the undertones. Licorice and toffee aftertaste. Medium in body, chewy in texture, and softer carbonation. No weaknesses found and quite enjoyable. Hopverdju (1192) - BELGIUM - MAY 24, 2017
Donkerbruin bier met rode gloed en crèmekleurige schuimkraag. Geur: weinig geur, licht fruitig, licht zoetig, en ietwat snoeperig. Smaak: licht zoet, wat zoethout, granen, kandij. Volmondig, romig. Matige koolzuurprikkel. Afdronk: koffie, bitter, wat zoethout. ANZUShophunter (424) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2017
From bottle in Belgian ale glass. Pours black with light tan head and aroma of choc malt. Smooth and tasty with a nicely balanced bittersweet finish. Excellent brew. Beerowl80 (378) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle. Pours black. Aroma of chocolate, light roast malts, nuts and coffee. Moderate sweet taste with light bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel feel. Nice. YantarCoast (1335) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAY 14, 2017
355ml bottle from Bochka in Moscow. Pours dark brown with a large foamy tan head. Aroma is milk chocolate, light roasintess. Taste is light sweet, faint coffee, chocolate and light bitter. Very smooth and enjoyable beer.