Linnet (1935) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Ar: smokey, licorice, coffee, burnt pork, alcohol, ashy.
Ap: black colour, medium beige head, lacing.
T: medium bite, mid-sweet, salty, smokey, licorice, smokiness well integrated.
P: medium body, average carbonation, warming, bitter, and salty finish.
O: enjoyable. santabeer (68) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2013
Pitch black. The look of this is awesome. Like going into a dark mystery. Aroma of dark coffe. Taste of coffe with bitterness. Tiny watery at the end, but overall a great beer. GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2013
Aroma:light smoke,good chocolate nose..
Appearance:Dark black,good beige head...
Flavor:light smoke more chocolate and rosted malt flavor...Not bad at all
LoFi (1763) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 1, 2013
Black with a beige brown head leaving lots of lacing.
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, creamy.
Taste: chocolate, licorice, roasted, ashes, coffee, toffee.
Medium bodied, smooth. gunnar (9922) - Sandnes, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2013
Also GBWF, from my huge backlog. Additional notes: fruity, roasted, creamy milk chocolate, not very smoky.
Botted gift from Abemorsten. Pours pitch black with a small tanned head. Aroma of roastes malts, liquorice, dark chocolate and weak smoke. Taste is more smoky than suggested by the aroma, smooth mouthfeel, well balanced between malty sweetness and roasty/smoked bitterness, good one.
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 20, 2013
The initially generous dense beige foam slowly diminishes to nothingness atop the clear/filtered cola brown pour. Fairly complex aroma with both chocolate and coffee aromas to the foreground and a broad range of more subtle nuances, from jammy blackberries/blackcurrant to trace iodine, leathery, coal smoke. Despite the relatively pale colour for a stout, there is more than a trace of roast in here, mostly in the form of coffee overtones and this brings forth a fair bit of acidity which acts, together with the smoke, as a counterpoint to the healthy dose of residual sugars bathing in here. This brings about a thicker than average mouthfeel which is accompanied by a warmer than expected general presence - I suppose I would have guessed it near 9% if blind-tested. In the end, it’s impactful and bigger than the sum of its parts, with fair complexity. On its own, it feels a bit rough edged to me, playing on many fronts at once and lacking focus, but I imagine its smokey, charry, warming character would do marvels with meats from the grill. TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2013
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de céréale grillée avec une pointe de fumée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un large col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café avec une pointe de céréale grillée et de fumée. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fumée. (Rating #5181) Lilja (3541) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2013
Smak och doft av choklad, ,malt, vanilj, fat, läder, laktris, torkad frukt med toner av en lätt rökighet. Rund och len, välbalanserad, fruktig. Beska med smak av bitter mörkchoklad. olsvammel (7312) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2013
Sample at SBWF 2013. Sweet and malty smell with whisky, oak and vanilla. Similar taste. Not very smoky, more sweet woody vanilla. Very nice. MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
My Bottom Line :
This wealthy Smoked Stout develops molasses, dark chocolate and peat smoke atop juicy fruitiness and resinous hops in a beautifully cohesive whole.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam tops the darkness.
-Mineral angles appear here and there.
-The nose doesn’t share as many intricacies as the flavor profile.
-The peat smoke is well surrounded by chocolate malt flavors and residual sugars.