oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Pours a nice black. Coffee/chocolate and little tobacco aroma. Flavor is awesome, rich and smooth, like roasted espresso loaded with dark bitter chocolate and kinda sweet. The alcohol is well hidden among the massive flavors. wrlangin (237) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 12, 2016
I really enjoyed this bottle. Exceptionally balanced and a pleasure to drink. One of my favorites.
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Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Sweet & roasted aroma with rich coffee, dark fruit, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, dark fruit, and light caramel. Creamy texture, full body, lively carbonation. bluejacket74 (1995) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2015
750 ml bottle, 2012 vintage, lot BDS0042012 with a best by date of 30/09/2018. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a couple inch tan head that stuck around a long time. The bottle was a slow gusher when I opened it, good thing I had the glass ready to pour in! Aroma is nice, the brew smells like dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, oak, coffee, caramel and some tobacco. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some molasses, tart dark fruit and a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel/body is full, it’s creamy with a good amount of carbonation. For a beer that’s 13% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden. I thought this was a pretty good stout, I liked it a lot! sjogro (4840) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 7, 2015
Ik struikel me suf over diepe donkere smaakjes. De enorme grijns is terug. Chocoladeblauwebessenkoffietoestand. Backlog from 2015/03/10.
jinroh (2365) - ESTONIA - NOV 29, 2015
Pours dark brown with a bit of brown foam. Aroma is sourish, not really full, refreshing. Sweetish, even fruity actually. Not getting coffee in the aroma but it’s there in the taste. Some more roast bitterness and dry finish. I really like it, probably even more than some more powerful versions. Shark_Pants (769) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2015
750ml bottle (BB 30 Sep 18) all to myself for my 500th rating. Should?ve been prepared for the massive gushing, having encountered this with other Struise offerings, and lost a fair portion of the beer. Giant mocha head having subsided, the beer left in the glass is inky black and oily looking. The aroma has some wild yeast characteristics, with a hint of sourness, complemented with dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, jamaican rum, leather. Massive flavours of licorice, dark rum, coffee, vanilla, molasses, a little port wine and a gentle tartness and bitterness in the finish, which balances out the sweetness nicely. Full bodied and very oily. Decadent. Warming alcohol. Absolutely sensational, only detracted by the F1 podium champagne-like opening. martin00sr (4454) - Haderslev, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
Thick and black with creamy tan head. Hard roasted malt aroma, strong coffee. Flavour has more roast, almost like burnt malt. Coffee, bitter chocolate, moist tobacco and raw licorice. Sweetness, vanilla and wood. Smooth and very sippable. visionthing (5553) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 29, 2015
33cl bottle from Kihoskh, Copenhagen (bought Easter 2012). Pours used motor oil looking with not much head to speak of, just a tiny, beige ring. Oooh - even the crown cap smells heavenly. Did expect this one to be nice, but damn, this is really something! Complex, roasty aroma with some oaky notes, vanilla, spices, dark chocolate, coffee, ripe, dark fruits and dark dried fruits. Sweet, smooth and complex with a surprisingly high drinkability. Full bodied with carbonation on the soft side. Velvety, vinous and just so delicious! Damn! willisread (3695) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Jon! Pitch black with a light mocha colored head. Prune and currants on the nose with roasted malt, cacao and light coffee. Taste is roasty with good balance and some fruity tartness that comes out as it warms. Hides the ABV very well. More espresso on the finish especially after it warms. Very nice.