ineedbeer (1472) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bottle. Aroma has some dark fruit notes and moderate oxidation. Moderate roast notes with some light ash and tobacco notes. Some raisin and dark toffee. Pours black with a small, moderately thick, mocha head that recedes to the edges where it lingers for a bit. Light lacing and moderate legs. Flavor is moderately sweet with balanced dark chocolate and roast notes. Quite a bit of roast notes with some oxidation in the form of cardboard. Medium bitterness with some light alcohol warmth. Hints of soy sauce. Moderate dark fruit notes with some raisin character. Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low, but present astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, a nice beer but it has some oxidation showing through. Nice roast notes with some light oak. Balanced but present dark fruit notes.
gEUS (1615) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown to black with a dark beige and purple hue. Dark marroon small head. Interesting and subtle aroma that combines the smotthness of salted caramel with te freshness of raw coffee beans and paprica. Also dark pure chocolate. Thick and sweet creamy body, loads of roast and a little bitter green side to it. Lovely. Loads of chocolate in the taste. This is sheer balance and master skills. Superb!
MadIndian (2702) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle trade from SJ. Wow really good. Licorice, molasses, dark chocolate, roasted malts, raisin and hop. Finish had a hint of mil chocolate. Really good.
Countbeer (5726) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle@Sad Fish tasting aka Haarlemmestraat tasting aka Elite tasting aka did Dean do something (stupid) today aka Benzais’ endless triangle travel aka Chris’ Birthday tasting:
Bottle: Served in a taster:
Medium sized brown head on top of a black beer.
Aromas of liquorice, roast, hint of soy and some hops.
Flavour is roasty, wood roast, malt roaat, smooth, cream, light liquorice, brown sugars, hops, soap, marzipan and flowers.
Aftertaste is bitter, roasted wood and malts, cream and flowers.
Low carbo, soft creamy close to silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture.
PhillyCraft (4763) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by countbeer at Harlemmerstraat tasting. Pours thick black color. Light carb on heavier body. Notes of licorice, dark malt, chocolate, and barrel. Got more lekker with some air aging as the tasting went on. Pretty nice Vt tick to get in the dam.
JulienHuxley (5205) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 Bottle thanks to Countbeer. Black pour with nice brown head. Aroma is blackstrap molasses, ashy, woody, burnt wood. Taste is bitter, woody, ashy, a bit too aggressive, but still quite tasty. Palate is med full bodied with med carbonation. Tasty stuff.
Benzai (11841) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2014 Bottle shared @ tasting. Opaque pitch black color, average sized brown head. Aroma is malts, a bit medicinal, a hint of smoke, something weird. Taste malts, dark malts, moderately roasty, roasted bitter. Nicely roasty bitter finish. Taste is way better than the aroma, although it gets a lot better after a while. Totally different from what it smelled like initially, way better. Nice.
kermis (8492) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared thanks to Countbeer. Pours near black with a ring beige head. Aroma of roast, dark chocolate, overripe dark fruit, molasses. Flavour is heavy sweet and over moderate bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
Ataraxia (436) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate syrup, roasted malt, smoke, bitter coffee, and dark fruits. Medium sweetness rounded out with strong bitterness. Fairly viscous, creamy, and full bodied. Black color, beige head.
JohnGalt1 (1213) - , Idaho, USA - APR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
mkabull hooked this rarity up in a great trade. Alec is a fantastic trader and you should search him out. This bottle was shared at our annual RIS tasting and didn’t disappoint. Pours a sorta thick looking black, short lived dark brown head... lacing retention. Really standard/no-flaw RIS... big roast with nice balance from the residual sugars... dark cherry essence is present, but light.. bittersweet chocolate with warmth... nice body and bubble. Thanks again Alec, we should stay in touch.