puzzl (3232) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Jimmy’s. Definite coffee hit in the aroma, and I can swear I smell the cardamom too, though it may just be suggestion. Spunky, spicy, raw flavor, some carbonic acid. Smooth and sessionable. I dig it.
Davros (1787) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small head.
Nose shows fresh coffee, roasted barley and cardamon. A faint cardboard notes shows through.
More cardamon as a flavour, the coffee is much less noticeable however. Seems to fall short quickly.
Body feels watery.
vanvenlo (1145) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slowbeer ontap (13-Sep-13) Sweet light coffee malt aroma. Black colour, low head and small suds lacing. Big veggie and cofffle sweet malt flavour. Coffee roasted malt finish and veg roast malt aftertaste.
Lyn_n (8) - Beirut, LEBANON - MAY 11, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite of the 961 collection. It pours a rich dark brown color and smells like coffee and coffee, even though there is no chocolate or coffee in it. It smells much better than it tastes but it does taste awesome. An amazing companion to rich tasting foods. Overall, veeery impressive.
reebtogi (3797) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle pours black in color with a 3 finger light brown head that retains well and leaves some nice thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee with spices and mild herbal hops. Taste is roasted malt and coffee bitterness with enough malty sweetness to balance things out. Medium bodied with enough carbonation to leave a tingle on the palate. This brew was well beyond my expectations and was very enjoyable.
Powertrip (998) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2011
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
Single bottle purchased from Enoteca Wine & Spirits in Calgary, AB on 05/07/2011. Colour: Black with tanned head. Once again, this 961 product produced enormous head, althought not when pouring, but instead it started to rise about a minute after and then for 10 minutes! Nose: Dirt, charred wood, pipe tobacco, middle east spices, burnt caramel. Taste: Light sweet, medium sour, light bitter. A distinct sour presence here and an overwhelming dose of burnt toast. Bad mouth feel, tonnes of foaming. Pleasing aroma then fail....
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Black body with a frothy, beige head.
Roasted malts aroma. Notes of espresso, chocolate, ash. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Taste of burnt malts, coffee. Dry finish and a bit tangy.
Ungstrup (28235) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. A black beer with a huge brown head. The aroma has notes of coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of coffee and roasted malt, leading to a dry roasted finish. The body is a bit light.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hearty, very dark pour with a dense brown head. Aroma of coffee and subtle aniseed. Flavours of dark roast coffee bean, quite rich actually, some bitter chocolate, notes of char and licorice. Not as sweet as I expected, and certainly better than I expected. Quite well done actually.
EskimoDave (2) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2010 does not count
1.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Its like licking a damn ashtray. Seriously. Not sure how anyone could call this a beer.