33cl can. A very dark reddish brown beer with a big tan head. Aroma of sweet and strong dark malt, chocolate, vanilla, some coconut. Taste of sweet chocolate, vanilla, coconut, brownies.
Can @ Belgian Summer Gathering Sept' 21, Evergem. Merci Klaas.
Noire huile de moteur, col fin blanc-cassé.
Arôme aux effluves maltées, chocolat, touche pâtissière, noix de coco, petite note de macaron - douceur sucré résiduelle perdure en rétro. Pas mal de malts - choco/cara, même note de fruits noirs des malts et un léger côté agrumes du houblon Galena.
Palais est de suite marqué par une épaisseur de malts/grains - chocolaté, grillé, avoine, caramel, presque mélasse, douceur apportée par la noix de coco et ce côté avec le douceur du macaron - sucre impalpable - ce qui donne quand même un fini marqué par le sucre résiduel. Amertume plus que discrète sur qcq pointes d'agrumes.
Thick tan head over jet-black beer. Old cookies and macarons kept in granma's cupboard box for half a century. Copra. Coconut, roast, copra, Bounty bar, very sweet. Chewy as a Bounty bar, good carbonation. Ouch! Knew it, but my fellow tasters needed to try it.
Pours black, small tanned head fades fast. Scent is surprisingly sharp, roasty, very mild booze, notes (hidden) of coconut. Taste is medium intense, roasty, sweet, caramel, no real almonds ( macaroon) which is a relief. Coconut is very mild, but it's not chemical, which is something I sometimes get in that. Body is medium thick, carbonation is medium to medium high.
I can't put my finger on it, but I miss some 'smoothness'. It's very 'clinical' and even that sounds chemical, that's not the case here. More than decent Imperial stout for sure, i might not fully be entertained due to the expectations by it's name and it's given result though.
Can from Geers - I thought this was brand-new! Cloudy black, thin and thinning beige head. Aroma of macaroons, Bounty bar, dark toffee, whipped cream, cappuccino, vanilla (ice cream), prune, oats. Taste has sweet prune & date in a thick toffee & chocolate malty profile, creamy undertone with coconut accents sprinkled on top. Very, very slightly earthy-umami, some bitter fondant in the middle too. Earthy hoppy finish, creamy, burnt coco chips somewhat, lingering chocolate candy and rather boozy brown rum-like alcohol. Full body, oily texture, soft carbonation. Sweeter than the Speculoos Stout, way more accessible than the latest Smoked Stout, this is rich and tasty, somewhat in line with BrewDog's style I'd say.
Black, bit of a tan head, some pieces of coconut. Aroma vanilla, trusted makes, loads of coconut. Sweet flavour, makes, vanilla pudding, coconut. Full body. Sweet finish, vanilla, heavy coconut. Great stuff!
(from 33cL can @ home)
Newest Totem beer, a pastry stout with macaroons and coconut flakes, based on earlier experiments from the time when Totem did not yet have their own brewery. Now coming from a sleek can in the same style as the others – but apparently the brewer, Klaas Dellaert, whom I thankfully owe this can to, wasn’t happy with the results and withdrew them, so that this beer for now is only available on tap (if I am correctly informed, that is). Open, loose, off-white bubbles form upon pouring, but no actual head is retained; black robe with mahogany glow – and indeed tiny coconut flakes floating around on top of the liquid, which probably accounts for the lack of head retention as well. Aroma of indeed lots of actual coconut (unsurprisingly) and macaroon to a certain extent (mostly linked to the coconut too), toffee, vanilla, melting ‘fondant’ chocolate, walnut liqueur, cola, white chocolate. Sweet onset, candied dates, soft carb, thick and full body, deeply sweet-chocolatey and toffeeish with a hazelnutty core; the coconut flavouring in this one is very strong, but I love it so I cannot be bothered. Aspects of vanilla, sugared tea and molasses join in towards the end, held together by a soothing glow of brandy-like alcohol, while the coconut and the sweet ‘Chocotoff’ effects linger, barely hindered by bitterness, even if a whiff of roastiness is discernible. Too bad for the lack of head: flavour-wise there is nothing wrong here, on the contrary even, this is a great pastry stout – if you like the aroma of coconut, that is.
11/VII/20 - 33cl can from the brewer, shared @ home, BB: III/2022 (2020-631) Thanks to Klaas and Wim VL for (sharing) the can!
Clear dark brown beer, small creamy beige head, unstable, dissipates quickly, lots of tiny coconut chunks floating on top of the beer. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: very sweet start, sugary, lots and lots of coconut, some sweet chocolate, lovely dessert in a can. Aftertaste: sugary, caramel, sweet, chocolate, lots and lots of bounty, so sugary coconut filling, dark chocolate, bit sweet, very nice, some white chocolate as well, soft oxidation, very nice, lovely beer.