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.
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.