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Review by tavernjef on 09/30/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2010
Inky black color in the glass. Large and in charge foamy bubbled capping of light tanned foam. Sits a good while before settling to an always present firm collar ring and skimming. Great lacing is caked on in a thin frosting of interwoven particles.

Aroma is quite nice with a smokey/charred dry sense over a bit of dry cocoa, pepper, anise, and dark malt husks. Slight sweetness undrneath, but sticks to the dryness with a well balanced tone.

Taste is just as good as the smell delivers with a well formed display of dark huskyness, charred leafyness/earthyness, deep dark cocoa bean, thin bitterness within the cocoa and char adding tin and ash notes as it developes into a nice placid realm of dryness into the finish with touches of charred pepper spice and espresso chocolate.

Well balanced, even though its overall dry from front to back. It has an ease about it that is encouragably tolerable throughout each sip. Medium bodied to closing in on fullish. Loads up the dryness on the palate, but some how fills up the throat and belly with a roasty warmth and tender little sweetness underneath. Very nice.

The dryness takes a bit of getting use to, but once its flow has started to take place its easy to follow. A nice surprising find and will go back for more.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 05/12/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 2010
33cl Bottle
$3.99
West Lakeview

Stouterik pours garnet with great looking mahogany highlights when backlit. A three finger, creamy ecru head forms on the pour and falls to a thick cap leaving chunky lacing on it's way down.

Aroma is decent but a little too muddled. Roasted grains kick things off follwed by a welcomed, but mild, campfire like smokiness. There's a slight vinous quality in the middle of it all and the end brings a touch of cream. Good but a little sloppy.

Flavor is a little on the sloppy side as well. Not quite as robust as I'd like to see it. Roasted malts show themselves and bring a nice acidity. The other flavors are just compliments to the roastiness. Slight smoke as in the aroma, black coffee, and a couple drops of cream finish it off. Not too shabby.

When this beer first touches my tongue I get a feeling it's going to be light. As it works its way through it becomes incredibly smooth and airy. Acidic bitterness on the swallow.

Good sessionable stout. If this was on tap somewhere I could see myself ordering a few in a sitting.

The bottle says this is a "Brussels Stout". Wasn't sure what to expect. Turns out it's just a good sessionable stout.

Reviewed: 10/21/07

Price: $3.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 01/08/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 11 15 4 8 2008
I risked serving this beer at around 60°F / 15.6°C and paid for it with a bit of a foam over. The beer settles into my 25cl tulip glass with a three finger (including a finger of head that resides above the rim of my glass), frothy, lightly browned, tan colored head. The beer is quite dark, but does have a touch of a burnt amber hue to it, when held up to the light it shows a brilliantly clear, deep, concentrated, ruby red hue. Up front the aroma smells of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans, there is a sort of earthiness to the malt and an almost smoky quality to the beer. The aroma has quite a hearty malt focus to it, but there is an underlying character that peeks through at times; aromas of burnt prunes, light phenolics (which contribute to the smokiness found in the nose), as well as some woody black pepper notes and some striking orange zest aromatics that are quite noticeable once I separate them out. I like how malt focused this beer was initially and how it opens up to reveal another layer that adds to the overall complexity.

This beer is well carbonated as it foams up as it hits my mouth. The first sip is dry, with a black cocoa note and some burnt grain notes that really dry out the finish as well. The dark grain, along with likely other sources (e.g. yeast / fermentation), contributes a light tartness to this beer that also contributes to the drying effect. Releasing some of the excess, peppery carbonation smoothes out the beer quite a bit; this plays up the cocoa notes a bit, but this is still quite spicy. The spice notes make me think of pepper, perhaps a touch of clove and a definite earthy note, perhaps a touch of almost peat like smokiness too. This is definitely quite light bodied, though not watery, it is quite drinkable once you get rid of the excess carbonation.

This is quite a nice beer, the aroma is definitely a bit more interesting / complex than the flavor though. I like that it is dry, and it could almost pass for a ordinary dry stout if not for that hint of fermentation character that makes this a little something extra-ordinary.

Served In: Tulip

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