tiong (5608) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
250ml bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki
Bottle #1029, batch 52
Pours pitch black with a nice beige head. Aroma has hints of oak, wood, vanilla and mild coffee. Taste starts out quite dry but finish is great with notes of oak, whisky and vanilla. Could’ve used a bit more body and roastiness. A bit unbalanced. Alcohol is well hidden.
Rasmus40 (15199) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and bitter finish with burning alcohol. Full bodied. 250511
chrisv10 (13821) - DENMARK - MAY 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with tiny brown head. Flavour is roasted malts, liquorice, bitter, chocolate, coffee and notes of alcohol.
douglas88 (7797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 cl bottle thanks to Jacob. Batch no 52. Pours a pure black color with a small brown head. The aroma is awesome; very rich dark fruits, some whiskey, smoke, ash, roast. The flavor is a dry bourbon-rich ale, some ash and roasted malts, dark chocolates, bitterness, metal, a bite. Very nice. Smooth almost tart fruits in the finish. Quite dry. Awesome. Give me this in a mug, a fire blazing, and a nice rocking chair and I’m in heaven.
humlelala (1188) - DENMARK - APR 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012 Re-rated on May 9th: (25 cl bottle #205, batch 52 from Vinhjørnet) Palate could be thicker for the taste, ABV and colour.
Re-rated on November 12th: (25 cl bottle #941, batch 52 from Vinhjørnet) Pretty much the same as initial rating. Girlfriend says: "It’s very smoky. It’s too strong for me."
Initial rating on April 16th: (25 cl bottle #955, batch 52 from Vinhjørnet) Pours a deep black with light but long-lasting toffee head that laces the glass. Intense aroma of oak, bourbon and toasted malt. Hits the palate as a thick, oily substance, full-bodied with soft carbonation and a long, bitter finish. Taste is dark, toasted, coffee, bitter. Very, very smooth - like drinking a wooden barrel, but well balanced with bitterness.
nickd717 (3860) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to some Swedes for this tick. Pours very dark reddish brown with a few bubbles of light tan head. Big European stout aroma, with roast, anise, coffee, dark fruits, oak, whiskey, and booze. Excellent. Big dry roasty and licorice flavor with vinous notes lending some tannins, dark chocolate, and espresso. -bal aging is well integrated, with subtle oak and whiskey. Medium-full bodied with some tannins and soft carbonation. Smooth and slick on the palate. Overall very very tasty. Thanks Swedish guys.
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 250ml at home. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted, oak. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter. Full body, oily, soft carbonation.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Pasoe. Pours a very dark borwn with only the faintest hint of light coming through. Smallish tan coloured head hangs around for a while leaving very faint lacing. Brilliant aromas of vanilla, whiskey, dark stone fruit and some bitter chocolate. Really nice nose. Roasted bitterness comes through more in the flavours Reasonably bitter finish. Very smooth fully mouthfeel. Excellent beer.
Meilby (10310) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 19, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 250ml (Batch #52 bottle #107) @ home
(Courtesy of fonefan) Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of chocolate, coffee, licorice, oak and vanilla. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter and alcohol. Texture is oily and soft carbonation.
yngwie (16045) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 25cl, from trade with Papsoe. It pours a rather small head, only half a finger thick, and brown in color. Oily pour, and a body with a color that is best described as black. When pouring, a quite evident booze aroma escapes the glass, soon to be followed by a strong cocoa and chocolate aroma, hints of vanilla, some tar and cellar and a faint pleasant note of green apples. Some slightly burnt caramel chimes in as well. In the mouth it is oily, warming and full-bodied, and with the appropriate levels of carbonation. The flavor follows up on what started in the aroma, booze, cocoa and chocolate up front, roasted malts, a burnt touch, caramel, hints of vanilla and tar in the back. Long lasting finish that is a tad too boozy, but with the same lovely cocoa and chocolate found at first. A mostly dry beer, even though there’s certainly large amounts of residual sugars, but it feels nicely balanced, and as mentioned it both tastes and smells really good. Why it is discontinued I really don’t understand. 101207