AirForceHops (2561) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle cellared over a year. Believe I purchased this at Julio’s. Pitch black, thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Texture is on the creamy side. The flavor is good but really kind of standard for the style. The flavor begins with notes of chocolate, light espresso bean, molasses and hops that have faded with the age but still a touch of bitterness toward the end. Hints of anise.
ekstedt (5082) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (bomber) from Systembolaget. Black with beige head. Liquorice and tar roasted aroma. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Dry with salty bitterness.
ARH (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber poured into a stemmed stout glass. A combination, in roughly equal parts, of chocolate, grapes, and strawberry greet the nose. There’s also some vanilla and a mellow alcohol scent just beneath that, and, even deeper down, there’s some sprucey/woodsy notes and a bit of lactose too (although I had to do a little digging for those ones). It’s a dark, but not quite opaque, clear cola-brown beer with a bit, creamy and foamy tan head. A decent layer of the head sticks around eventually receding to a cloud-like topping, but it doesn’t really lace. Chocolate and berries dominate the heavily sweet taste, but there are some light and mild bitter notes underneath. In addition to the chocolate and berries, mellow coffee beans and a very light licorice come through on the palate, as well as a faint resin taste. By mid-drink, the fruity sweetness becomes the dominate flavor, but the resin notes begin to transform into something more hop-like. For the most part, it’s a medium bodied beer, kept lighter in part by the abundant, fizzy carbonation. It’s a slick, but relatively thin texture with a slight bit of stickiness. At the finish, there’s a roasted and warm alcohol finish; a bit reminiscent of the way a scotch finishes (maybe that hop-like quality was more peat-like?). Ultimately, while warming the throat, it leaves a milk chocolate and light coffee aftertaste in the mouth with some hints of strawberries and cream. Might have to stow a bottle of this to see what age might do to it.
BeerdedDave (88) - - JAN 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
black with a thick tan head; chocolaty, roasted malt aroma; slightly sweet, smooth, rich, roasted malt flavor with coffee, chocolate, and alcohol notes; fairly easy drinking for 10% abv
RobertDale (2846) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Very enjoyable!
omhper (18753) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Black with minimal beige head. Rich aroma of licorice and salmiac. Mid sweet with full body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Irish coffee and white pepper, milk chocolate and salmiak.Really bitter finish with pungent heat.
cards04 (1422) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A quality stout. Pours black with tan head. Aromas are sweet cream, and lactose. Booze, strawberries, and coffee too. Flavors are nice caramel malts at first... but big bitter chocolate and booze dominate the finish... It could use a bit more balance but still a great drink.
Handypaul (134) - - JAN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a small brown head that is soon nothing more than a thin levee at the edge that leaves no lace. Nose is strong coffee, bitter chocolate, alcohol and dark roasted malts. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter, oily texture, lively carbonation-too much, medium to body and a bitter finish with overtones of port wine.
luttonm (2048) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz in Seattle. Lovely big stout, solid example of the style. Mostly opaque with tinge of brown, solid foam. As it warms a spiced toffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma wafts off. Lovely smooth body, but lots of alcohol coming through. Tasty solid beer, but not totally complex or all there.
NosirIwont (1872) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. 10.0%. Best before 14.02.14. Pours black with a dark tan head. Good lacing. Aroma is roasted with citrus hops, coffee and light vanilla notes, and liquorice deep down; well-balanced. Tart, berry-like note as it warms. Flavour has an, if not very intense, then certainly distinct plastic note at first, but it soon turns to linger in the background, dwindling as the beer warms. A bit tart, and with dark fruit notes. Bitter, liquorice finish, a bit tart with dark fruits, a lingering alcohol burn and a grassy note. A bit too much carbonation. Overall quite good; aroma is a bit better than flavour. 04.01.14.