Trappist1 (9) - BELGIUM - MAY 17, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Licht rokerige neus, bitter zoete afdronk, beetje dark chocolade, hint van koffie. Volmondig en zeer lange, aangename volle afdronk. Heel lekker!!
Japalo (732) - DENMARK - MAY 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@home. Black with a huge four finger foam. The nougat brown head just keep pouring out if the bottle. Intense licorice green grass clover and a peppery spicy aromas. Medium bitter sweet. Strong body. Long finish. Highly carbonated. Very nice.
Gerardgathier (64) - - MAY 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice and black, with lots of sediment. Huge brownish frothy head.
Aroma is alcohol, chocolate and coffee with a little bit of roastyness.
Full body beer with lots of carbonation.
Flavour is a little bit off good amounts of chocolate and coffee.
tfredvik (630) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
According to an extensive statistical survey (performed by myself during the last three days), 2/3 of all beers from Alvinne are gushers, and the Mano Negra definitely falls into the gushing category. In the glass the black body looks murky and disgusting, with ridiculous amounts of sediments of all sizes (on my living room table the beer just looks messy). The huge head is frothy and full of sediments, and it therefore has a spotty medium brown colour. The froth is rather long-lived and leaves some lacing, but a dirty looking beer that requires a cloth will never get a generous Appearance score from me. The aroma is strong with noticeable sour elements. The funky notes are in front together with tart berries and in the back there are more usual roasted notes and coffee. The taste is light sweet, light sour and the long-lasting finish is moderate bitter. The wild notes are better integrated in the flavours than in the aroma, in the flavours the sourness acts more like a funky barnyard background with tart berries, while heavily roasted notes and coffee are now in front. The alcohol is completely hidden. It feels a bit too thin for the style, the texture is too dominated by yeasty dryness and the carbonation is moderate to lively and not very fitting. This one would probably have been a lot better if the carbonation was right, but I must say I find the sour hints very pleasing.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 18 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
tmrmwel (510) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A real gusher. Pours pitch black, with an enormous, seemingly ever evolving mocha head. Aroma is quite funky with yeast and coffee, as well as some nice sweet whiffs of chocolate. Not your everyday dark brew. Body is full, with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with roasted malts and chocolate, and as it lingers on nice notes of leather, tobacco and vanilla comes forth. A pleasant surprise!
gEUS (577) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap @ Borefts - taken from notes - pours light black with tiny head. Aroma of roasted and smoked malts, some peat, leather. Medium body.
visionthing (1626) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Vika. Pours black with some sediments and a light brown head. Gusher - didn’t manage to get all of it in glasses, some went in the sink. Roasty aroma with yeast and notes of chocolate, coffee and dark fruits/berries. Surprisingly light body and quite easy to drink too. Well integrated alcohol. Moderate sweet with a roasty and slightly dry finish. Nice lightly bitter aftertaste. (2013-03-30)
Temptation (126) - - MAR 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black with sediments, big and foamy head. Very carbonated, didn’t stop pouring. Aromas to chocolate and lactic yeast. Bitterness like liquorice or instant coffee. Medium development and body. Creamy texture. Not bad, but not among the best stouts.
gunnar (3584) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at Cardinal.Almost automatic pour of this one, escapes slowly out of the bottle, black with a big creamy tanned head. Light roasted malty aroma, yeast and chocolate. Taste is moderate dry roasted malts, creamy filling mouthfeel, overcarbonated,. Roasty finish.
Holmen1 (1073) - NORWAY - FEB 26, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Fra flaske på Cardinaltreff feb-13: denne kom rett etter Alvinne Gaspar, og en belgisk imperial stout på 10% og 59 IBU er heller ikke hverdagskost. Merker et snev av røykmalt som gjør at den ikke faller i smak hos meg. Synes også at munnfylden er for slank for stilen og vitamininnholdet. Interessant, men heller ikke mer.