auerbrau (3166) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 4, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a thin head of nut tan. Highly concentrated aroma of smoke, chocolate cake, rum, cherrries, raisins and brandy. Supple and seductive, yet somewhat reserved. Flavor is extremely sweet, sugary and grainy. Loaded with coffee, kahlua and hint of juniper. Alcohol very notable, but not harsh or detracting, instead warming and rounding. Sugary malt with brown sugar, cane sugar and some Mexican chocolate, swept up in a fresh vanilla bean. Lacks a bite or movement that makes you stand up and take notice. Maintains oilyness and smoothness across the palate, with creaminess that just dissolves into the tounge. Sublime.
JK (4401) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - AUG 18, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Baltic in name only. Light coffee aroma. Black with a very small tan head. The dominant flavor is bitter coffee with lighter chocolate. Tastes like a dry stout as it warms.
Mads Langtved (2245) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black no head. Very sweet and soft. Creamt mouthfeeling. Finish is warming and sweet. The alcohol is well balanced with the flavour. A powerful pleasant stout.
Ungstrup (29223) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
An opaque black beer with a disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of alcohol, over ripe fruits, and prunes. The flavor is sweet with notes of prunes, chocolate, toffee, and grass.
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottled from growler by Footbalm and send to Denmark - thanks a lot!
Pitch black with almost no head. Dark heavy roasted aroma with coffee and liquorice and some alcohol. Very sweet flavor of brown sugar, coffee and roast. Full bodied and tasty but too sweet to be excellent.
madsberg (10144) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand bottled by Footbalm from a growler. Bottle sealed with wax: Pitch black colour. Has a medium sized dense brown head. Alcohol, fruit, grass, toffee, nuts and a light roast in the aroma. Sweets, marcipan, light roast, chocolate and light coffee in the flavour. The alcohol is there, but quite well hidden. Is a little watery IMO. Has a sweetish light cloying end. Some vague roastyness and a good warmth on the lips. Nice one. Thanks again to footbalm for these 3 gigantic brews from Barley John.
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Almost black coloured. Vanilla and chocolate aroma. Extremely sweet flavour. Notes of vanilla. Full bodied.
jazz88 (2551) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ Brewery in March 2005 when I was back in Minnesota. I grew up only a few miles away from this brewery, although I was long gone before it opened for business. Black color with a laced brown head. The aroma had lots of vanilla, alcohol, toffee and some toasted malts. Very sweet finish but at the beginning it had a roasted lingering malty dryness. Fantastic.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet soy components roam amidst the wealthy malt. Roastiness emanates from the mix and ably joins some dates and dark chocolate.
Fat dark chocolate malts lie on roasted cereal flakes. Alcohol flames scorch the back of the palate, but the soothing carbonation and balming malts reconcile it all. Not super-complex, but these guys can really brew high octane beers with aplomb.
A simple giant with a heart of gold.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle soothingly sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, ClarkVV, MartinT, tiggmtl, olivier, Rastacouere and Simon at the Farmhouse Ales and More! tasting in Montreal. Dense molasses body, nearly still with a touch of dark topping...strongly roasty chocolate nose with touches of nuts, could be more expressive...ultra-sweet chocolate liqueur body, raisins and dates drowning in pools of still cocoa with the whole run through an espresso machine at the end...not a patch on Dark Knight, but pretty high quality in its own right. From a growler from Master Footbalm.