ShivanDragon (3109) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fles gedeeld @Benzai’s Carnaval Tasting.
pikzwart met kaki kraag. aroma van koffie, volmoutig, vanille, geroosterde en gebrande mout. smaken van vanille, koffie, smooth-zacht-glad, lactose, suiker, geroosterde en gebrande mout, zwak bitter, glas, koffie wat ingetogen, zacht en volmoutig, erg smaakvol bier, volle body, prima
caesar (6425) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Benzai’s crazy carnaval, small sample. Dark color, short frothy head. Roasty, big coffee. Velvety texture. Coffee bitterness, dark choc, roast. Nice.
Benzai (12596) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared @ Don’t want anything to do with carnaval tasting. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized quite creamy mocha head that lasts for quite a long time. Aroma is malts, huge roast, huge coffee indeed. Taste malts, roasted malts, huge coffee again, firm roast bitter although there’s also a slight sweetish liquorice hint in there. Full body, suitable soft carbonation.
DutchDrebus (5503) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ benzai’s carnaval. Black colour with a nice medium sized brown head. Smells sweet, roasty, chocolate, boozy. Tastes liquorice, roasty, dark malts. Full body, soft carbo.
anstei (977) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - JAN 13, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Coffee in beer form. Strong flavour throughout, with noticeable cacao on the palate. Sweet, smooth and round, not quite as complex as others of this caliber though.
Sammy (10783) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big coffee smell.nice dark appearance with lasting head. Smooth drinking but some astringent coffee makes it not too pleasant.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the Nov. 2015 Monticello Dairy tasting. Dark brown, thin head. Aroma of strong coffee, roasted malts, mild leather and vanilla. The taste is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Medium bodied, low carbonation.
JaBier (6657) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee and molasses. Malty flavor with coffee and green pepper before a sweet maple finish.
dinkle50 (1278) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thin espresso head on top of a jet black pour. Pours like oil. Aroma is a little nutty along with coffee notes. Full mouth. Lots of brewed coffee along with a little roasted coffee. Slight green pepper, maybe an infection? Finishes sweet with some slight roasted coffee notes. Good, but I want more bitter coffee and that green pepper flavor shouldn’t be there. No lace.
Idiosynkrasie (6066) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2015 650ml bottle. Jet black colour with late awakening, small to average, thick, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, brown head. Chocolately dark malty aroma, slightly sweet-ish notes of dark chocolate and milk chocolate, cappuccino, vanilla-flavoured coffee, a touch of toffee and caramel, Storck Riesen. Taste delivers identical flavours at a considerably increased level of intensity and with more forceful sweetness, dividable only for the purpose of analytical deScription; viscous, oily texture, minimally tacky palate. Well balanced, harmonious and holistic, thereby deceptively drinkable. Veeery nice - demands deliberated acoustic accompaniment.