ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black, thick and viscous. Hardly any head - just a thin layer of cappuccino-colored bubbles that settles quickly. Small lacings at first, but after a while they all disappear.
A very rich smell with a thick layer of roasted malts up front. Burnt wood, lightly smoky aromas, soy sauce and licorice struggle successfully to make their way through the dense malts. Hints of mint. The alcohol is hidden, but a restrained sting in the nose reveals the potency of this one.
Initially, a massive taste of sweet roasted malts fills the mouth. Plenty of burnt wood, charcoal, cold coffee and tannins. The taste is rather sweet but the roasted and burnt flavors balance the sweetness. It never gets cloying. It has a very round and rather heavy character with a cherry-like fruitiness adding yet another layer of complexity. In the finish, the alcohol becomes present, but in a very integrated way - it just gets warming, never boozy. The taste ends with prominent salty flavors, sweet licorice and notes of soy sauce, wood and a rather distinct spiciness. Every now and then a bitterness becomes present, but I don’t know if it’s a result from the hops, the alcohol or the fennel they used in the brewing.
A very full and fat body, basically no carbonation whatsoever. Very smooth. Slightly dry in the finish. Fantastic mouthfeel. Despite the sweetness and the lack of carbonation, it never gets too sticky.
D: I really liked this one. It’s not very sophisticated or elegant. Actually, it’s quite rough and obnoxious, and if you where a beer, I don’t think you’d want your daughter to come home with the arms of this one around here waste. But its rather vulgar character kind of works. It’s very well made, complex and the different parts are well integrated. Perhaps, one would think that a porter with 16% ABV would be too much, but in this case it’s not. (But of course, the small 250 ml bottle is quite handy.)
Serving type: bottle
(Copy of old Beer Advocate review)
asheft (2671) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle @ RBESG 2009, Grand Tasting]
Pumpernickel molasses aroma that is sweet and with some breadiness. Black motor oil appearance with no head. Ever so slightly sour pumpernickel flavour that is bready and with a moderate dark malt bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, tangy bitter finish.
Defreni (2771) - Husum, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaske: Mørkebrun grænsende til det sorte. Intet skumhoved, men et lille pst da flsasken blev åbnet. Duft af sukker, og brændte mandler med en god del alkohol. Mundfylden er tilstede men primært pågrund af alkohol og ikke co2. Imponerende drikbar i forhold til de høje procenter, men mangler det sidste for at balancere helhedsindtrykket.
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s pitch black with no head and a rather oily mouthfeel. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, licorice, soy sauce and it’s slightly vinous. The flavor is slightly vinous and has a light sweetness and notes of roasted malt, salt licorice, soy sauce and the finish has a slightly dry bitterness. It is very interesting and it hides the 16% extremely well.
TBone (13636) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled (Bishops Arms, Vasagatan)
Pitch black color, no head. Aroma has vanilla, Old Rasputin -like notes, licorice, chocolate, toasted malts, some candy sugar. Liquerish palate. Lots of licorice, salted licorice, black coffee. Very roasted flavor. Full-bodied nice sipping beer.
Enjoyit (3566) - Vadum, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with no head. An aroma with liqurice, spice, sweets and weak prunes. A flavor of sweets, liqurice, spice and a weak hint of bitternes. Nice oily flavor.
vyvvy (4540) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to xmarcnolanx for sharing this rarity. Pours dark brown with no head. The aroma has soy, cream, vanilla and dark caramel. It has a thicky chewy smooth body with no carbonation to be found. The flavor starts with soy and warming alcohol along with some vanilla, very roasted malt and a touch of oak. The finish is quite hot and has more soy. The alcohol gets in the way for me. As it warms some spice and fennel start showing up.
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from madmitch76 and his store and cellar in the U.K. Pours jet black with some reddish hue, virtually no head no lace. Aroma of a rich chocolate and spices, maybe coffee. An imperial porter more than a baltic porter. A tad above average mouthfeel. Declicious to the last drop,a very rich porter with chocolate, good coffee, and taste a bit aged. no sign of 16%.
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the Bottle at RBESG Harlequin, Sheffield 19/07/2009 (2006 Vintage)
Rich fruity aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol and malty with a little bitterness in a full coffee roast finish.
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
DØE Valby 09. Pours black with no head. Aroma is roasted malt, vineous, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, liquorish and dried fruit. Flavour is roasted malt, vineous, coffee, liquorish, chocolate, heavy alcohol.