vinivini (2392) - Gomel, BELARUS - JUL 14, 2017 jebb12 (47) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque rich walnut with some copper against the bright light, a frothy beige head sticking to the walls of the glass. Smells of faint roasted coffee in the morning and malted grains in the mill. Quite an uncomplicated taste but refined, subdued, that of roasted barley, very, very low acid and bitterness from the English hops, a lactose sweetness pronounced most noticeably in the superb aftertaste that lingers like cane sugar syrup with medium, easy to drink body. As I say always comparing great European beers to most of their U.S. counter parts (see Founders Breakfast Stout for example) a brewer, like a suitor vying for the attention of a woman, shouldn’t go over the top to cheaply try and impress. Stick to a balance of ingredients as Samuel Smith does in all their beers.
Bottle 355ml. Deep brown to black pour with well-formed beige head. The nose is well united esters, roasted malts, cream, dried fruit, coffee beans. Complex. Light body. More roast on tongue. Medium dry. The same complexity. Light bitterness. A perfect session stout. midovark (932) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - JUL 10, 2017
0.355 l bottle from Beerlovers, shared at home. Pours black with no head. Coffee, roasted malts and liquorice in aroma. In taste the same notes appeat accompanied with creamy mouthfeel and surprisngly light body. Not bad at all, but nothing outstanding either. Perpignan73 (42) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2017
Close to beer perfection. Its just delicious from beginning to end. Creamy, chocolate, roasty, milk, fruit, liquorice sweetness but not overly. Another belter from Sam Smiths. BeardedAvenger (789) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2017
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 (347) - 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 (589) - 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 (440) - 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 (510) - 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 (1079) - 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 (1266) - 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.