59 / 100
Tried on nitro at the Frog & Rosbif in Paris.
Pours a clear, deep orange hue, quite bright when held to the light—otherwise you could almost believe that it was red. Head is a creamy off-white that forms a good deal of pocked bubbles. Powdery fine nitrogenation. Lacing forms in streaming, creamy puffs down the glass. Looks very good.
Nose is mostly okay, but only okay. Faint toasty, malty basis with some more cereal hints. Sulphur tones come through as well though, giving an unmistakable aroma of farts. The rest isn't good enough to override this.
Taste has a slightly eggy entry, perhaps from the persistent fart smell, but then the smoothness comes through, and we get into the meat of it. Toasty, faint caramel tones and a touch of cinnamon on the back. Feel is quite light, and it lacks true sweetness, but it's fairly smooth nonetheless. Still, it's reasonably well crafted and well-integrated.
It's certainly drinkable enough. It's nothing really that special though, and certainly not my pick of the beers on tap at the Frog.
71 / 100
Tried on nitro-tap at the Frog & Rosbif in Paris.
Pours a deep, but fluid black-brown. Body is fairly lightweight, but the nitro covers that up. Head is a beautiful creamy beige crest that leaves fine, sheeting lace. Pour came with some good reverse cascade. Bubbling is powdery but very light. Looks good.
Nose is a bit light: faint, mild toastyness a slim roasted character with some clean malt at its base. Some slight coppery tones come through as well. It's not bad.
Taste is much better. Thin roasty entry that blossoms into a full chocolate basis. Sweet body, roasty but without any harshness: it works really well with the feel from the nitro. Smooth, brown maltiness towards the back and a little lingering cherry on the finish, which blends nicely.
Feel is quite light and a little thin, but very, very smooth.
Overall, this is a very drinkable English stout. Tasty, and easy and easily taken in pints. Nice stuff, and the best beer I had the the Frog.