Mad Dog Martin (149) - - JAN 20, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2018 Bottle from BrewDog bottlebox. Black and Tan. Aroma is chocolate and cereal - Coco Pops! Tastes bitter chocolate and stone fruit. BeardedAvenger (1276) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2017
Cask at PoW, Farnborough. Bunged up nose, not gettng much aroma. Some coffee. Dark and velvety. Half moon of a bubbly beige head. Sweet tinged bitterness with some berry sourness. Coffee. Chocolate. Cream. Medium bodied. Slick, with sticky residue. Soft carbonation. Relatively abrupt finish. Easy drinking. Relaxed. 'Slick' sums it up. panda_brewmaster (129) - Bournemouth, Dorset, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2017 Aroma of chocolate milkshake and roasted malts. Taste is coffee, chocolate milk, roasted malts, slightly acidic. After is mostly coffee. Very balanced overall and quite sessionable. adamnowek (3514) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 17, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2017 Black. Slightly off-white head. Strong aroma of melted milk chocolate. Taste is some chocolate and a lactic sourness. Wildly inconsistent. Alengrin (5893) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2017
Bottle from Gedeelde Vreugde, a Siren classic that apparently had escaped my attention so far: a "breakfast stout" (I guess I'll never see the point in this American idea) flavoured with coffee and with added lactose. Bit irregular, thickly 'membranous' lacing, moussy, warm beige coloured head, completely closed for a long time, over a jet black beer with burgundy-bronze hue, which is only visible at the edges and under bright light. Aroma of a lot of coffee (grounds) indeed, coffee cream and quite a lot of it, strong beef stock cube presence, lightly toasted brown bread, liquorice, molten 'fondant' chocolate, toffee, granola, hints of pipe tobacco, old tea bags, dried elderberries, tiramisu. bayleaf, muesli bars, haemoglobin-like iron, wet cloth. Restrainedly (dried) fruity onset, some low sweetishness but actually less so than expected, underlying sourishness, quite strong umami (beef stock cube - already very present in the nose so this comes as no surprise) but altogether juicy and pleasant enough, softly carbonated with the creamy, slick, velvety mouthfeel as is to be expected from a stout brewed with oats and lactose, but not as thick as I was hoping for. Some natural iron-like notes accompany a still mouthfilling, nutty, toffeeish maltiness, subduedly sweet, adding pleasant, soft toasty bitterness in the end, aided by a dash of herbal, almost tea-ish, gently but explicitly bittering hops. Ends creamy, bittersweet and with very noticeable wet coffee powder flavours left behind on the tongue and in the throat after the beer itself has passed by; a notable liquorice-like flavour appears as well. Less deep and complex than advertized on the label but still interesting and multi-layered, though it could have done better with less of that beef stock-like umami for me (which goes for most other Siren stouts as well, now that I come to think of it). A stout with its own personality, though, glad I tasted it. You'll have to like coffee in order to appreciate it, but its effects are elegant and not needlessly over the top as is sometimes the case in coffee stouts of lesser calibre.
Salian (167) - Sale, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2017
Deep brown almost black beer with a thin, tan coloured head. Quite bitter with cocoa and coffee, almost a cinder toffee taste. Not over sweet which helps keep it balanced. pims (55) - - NOV 11, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2017 Pours pitch black with tiny brown head. Delicate smell of coffee and chocolate, topped with vanilla. Strong taste of coffee and chocolate again, leaves some heat in the mouth. Creamy, outstanding. sharky2kx (32) - Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2017
One word: wow. This is genuinely a fantastic beer. The nose is sweet and chocolaty, the palate is unbelievably rich with chocolate, cream, coffee and sweet cream.
The mouth feel could be heavier but I'm nit picking.
If you haven't tried this, do. Now.
What, you're still reading? Go! ERB92 (810) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2017 Aroma of chocolate, coffee, wood, licorice, caramel and a hint of smoke. Almost black with a tan head. Medium + sweet and medium bitter. Medium to full body with a average carbonation. Overall a very plesant Stout. Nice balance between the flavours and easy drinkable. Benters (142) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 28, 2017
Pours a a very dark brown, almost black with thin tan head which disappears quickly. Aromas of intensely roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some smokiness. Taste is smooth, creamy, a nice blend of chocolate, lactose, coffee with a firm bitterness. Medium-bodied with a refreshing carbonation sparkle which helps make the beer easier drinking. Hides its 6.5% ABV very well!