ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated 4/1/13. My bottle was from the Nov. 2012 vintage, and was 16.2%. Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. It’s not the thickest looking pour I’ve seen, especially taking its gravity into consideration. The head it an amazing 4 finger mocha shade with retention belying its strength. There’s even some lacing left on the glass, as well.
S: My first impression of the aroma is how insanely chocolaty it is. Given a chance to open up, it develops a breadier tone, with plummy sweetness being a constant throughout. I’m really impressed how well concealed the alcohol is, too.
T: Initially, chocolate drapes over the palate heavily, before it gives way to notes of yeast and dark fruits. Where it falters is in the finish - it’s almost obnoxiously alcoholic (certainly nothing like the nose indicated). It certainly feels like it’s every bit of the advertised 16.2%, unlike some massive stouts that do a decent job of hiding the gravity. Actually, it’s the lack of impressive depth that’s the real killer here...still, gotta love the chocolate character.
M: It doesn’t feature the thick sweetness I half-expected given its 16.2%. Naturally, this helps bring the boozy nature to the forefront. Still, the drinkability is quite reasonable considering everything that’s occurring within the flavor profile.
O: Right now, it’s pretty damn harsh and unrefined. But, it has a lot of potential to improve. Given a few years of age, this one could become extremely impressive.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4246) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the brewery shared with my buddy Mick. Nutty ethanol and chocolate chip cookie dough in the aroma on a deep only black with a tan head. Rich full mouthfeel but this is hella boozy over roasty bitter chocolate, oats, toffee and tons of heat. These beasts are good but to me the high ABV detracts rather than enhances.
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice black. Coffee/chocolate and little tobacco aroma. Flavor is awesome, rich and smooth, like roasted espresso loaded with dark bitter chocolate and kinda sweet. The alcohol is well hidden among the massive flavors.
Sigmund (6382) - Tau, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared 355 ml bottle at local tasting. Vintage 2007, ABV is 16%. Black colour, small tan head. Intense aroma of fusel and soy sauce, also roast malts and tar. Sweet flavour, intense malty and roasty notes, also molasses and liquorice.
abemorsten (3503) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Delt 0,33 l flaske på RBHD-treff på Bjørnøy mai 2016.ABV er 16 % og dette er 2007-årgangen. Røbrun til svart kropp med litt lysebrunt skum som blir liggende som en ring. Mye fusel og booze i begynnelsen, men også masse brunt sukker. Etterhvert kommer også noter av lakris, rosiner, honning, mørk sjokolade. Kompleks og meget innbydende, selv om det er fristende å også bare sitte å lukte også.. Smaker godt og søtt av røstet rosin, kaffi, og salt molasse. Flatt og silkemykt, men også alkovarmt. Dette var bra greier.
Holmen2 (2715) - NORWAY - MAY 12, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared bottle at RB/HD at Bjørnøy 12.05.15. 2007-edition. Almost black. Brown head. Aroma and taste of whisky, oak chips, dates, coffee, liquorice and alcohol. Heavy drinking and long aftertaste.
gunnar (7604) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared bottle at local tasting. Batch #3.2007. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of soy sauce, deep caramel and booze. Taste is thick and heavy malty, only weak sweet more treacle and soy
Holmen1 (4624) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaske (2007-årgangen på 16%) delt på RBHD-samling, hjemme, mai-16: kullsort med antydning til skum. Intense saker både mtp aroma og smak. Fusel og soyasaus nevnes rundt bordet, jeg finner også fiken, sviskeplommer og mørk lakris. Stor, varmende munnfylde med bær i tillegg til det jeg llerede har nevnt, og magefølelsen gir stort velvære. Kraftkost for viltre krabater som verdsetter de gode smaker i små slurker.
Thechasm442 (662) - Manhattan, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch 11. 17.1% abv. Black with an average tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, and earth. Taste is full of chocolate, cocoa, anise, oak, vanilla, graham cracker, and booze. Thick and a little hot. Outstanding beer.
MrBeerFanatic (977) - Friona, Texas, USA - APR 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 12oz 2016. My abv read %17.something. Big aromas here with little alcohol detected. Big brownie, chocolate, coffee, yeasty. The flavor is big alcohol in the nose upfront with chocolate, coffee, roast, and smoke in the finish. Not very complex but has a rich character almost like fudge, a little bit at a time. Medium sweet and lightly bitter.
Lukaduke (2923) - Gray, Maine, USA - MAR 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 11. Pours a thick viscous black oil consistency with two fingers of dark khaki foam. Lots of dark cocoa, some licorice, boozy dark fruit... a little volatile overall with some sharpie marker poking through. Not very cohesive but has enough boost to get it down the hatch.