sunevdj (2919) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with a light brown head. Smells of liquorish and alcohol. Sweet with aromas of liquorish and fennel. Also aromas of roasted malts and alcohol. Some residual sugars. Hints of port. Full bodied.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with no head, but stained the glass rather well. aroma was dark roast, fudge, dark fruits, and brown sugar?. flavor was same as the nose plus meat, smoke, and minus the brown sugar. body was a little lighter than i preferred for the style.
Geokkjer (5027) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.Pours black with something resembling a head.Aroma is spicy burnt sugar , coffee, roasted malts,alcohol and some licorice salty notes.Flavor is big sweet and salty with a milky body.Soft carbonation.Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden and very warming.Very nice and heavy beer , maybe a little too salty.
bu11zeye (11740) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(28cl bottle) Pours a dark brown body with no head. Aroma of liquor, roasted malt, chocolate, subtle fennel, and soy. Flavor of roasted malt, smoke, soy, and dark chocolate with a dry finish.
gunnfryd (9376) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with no head. Aroma is alcohol, coffee, roasted malt. Flavour is dry, acid, hop, licorice, salt, coffee, alcohol, roasted malt. Full body. Nice beer.
ChainGangGuy (4233) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: A heavy-looking, black liquid slowly leaks out of the bottle and here it sits, without head, without lace.
Smell: Essentia Bina carries with it a ponderous aroma to go with such a hearty appearance. Heavily roasty with notes of coffee and dark chocolate and scent of smokey condensed molasses given a few good shakes of non-brewed soy sauce and dash of spice.
Taste: A taste of well-roasted malts fused with a bitter, nearing acrid taste of burnt sugar and a light background spiciness from the addition of fennel seeds. Hint of charred wood. A hotness and coffee flavor akin to cheap, off-brand Kahlúa. Some dark, dark chocolate. More of the basic soy carrying over from the nose and lasting into the roasty, earthy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Sans carbonation, so it remains a bit weighty on the tongue.
Drinkability: At times reminiscent of WWS, but the noted soy sauce character also reminds me of dear ole Triple Bock. It’s an interesting brew, albeit somewhat tiresome to the tongue -- what a great relief it’s housed in a scant 250mL bottle.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
tasting on 7/30/10. pitch black pour with no head - really like the density of this one. nose is full of roasted malt, licorice, oak and molasses. big body with peat and intriguing spice flavors - especially towards the tip of the tongue. not really liking the overall tone of this one through the mouth. roasted finish with more moss flavors.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich brown color with a almost no head. Aroma is roast, coffee, toast, oak, vanilla, chocolate, and some alcohol. Flavor is caramel, toast, coffee, roast, chocolate, toast, oak, vanilla, and a sweet chocolaty finish.
kramer (4377) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, RBWG weekend. Pours an inky black body, incredibly thick looking, with zero head save for a couple bubbles. The nose is intense roast and chocolate with lots of alcohol and a nice smoke accent. The flavor is very ashy with a heavy bitterness and tons of overpowering alcohol. Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, clingy, and extremely hot. The nose on this was pretty nice, but the flavor was pretty bad. Reminds me of the same type of experience as drinking a World Wide Stout.
sebletitje (6024) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
cheers to tpd975 for the share.
pours pitch black, light tan/mocha head, golden lace.
aroma and flavors, peat, roasted malts, soy like mouthfeel, chocolate and molasses, thick palate, leaving a syrupy finish that at times can be a little too much. No way this is 16%? Leaves an interesting lingering smoke profile.