17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful creamy dark shinny brown with a fantastic dense tall foamy light mocha colored head that fades into a nice froth. Aroma is quite complex, at first quite roasty and robust, then some gin like juniper berry, then becomes very sweet and bright, fennel and vanilla, yams, lots of spicy rye, some very smooth creamy chocolate, does a pretty good job of resembling pumpernickel, lots of elements. Flavor follows but is more earthy, flavor is quite close to pumpernickel, spicy and a touch of bright sweetness, rye bread but mixed with sour cream, touch of chocolate, some hop bitterness, some of that buttery vegetable character, slightly dull and muted, touch of hard roast, lots of fennel, a bit metallic in the aftertaste. Medium/full bodied, very creamy with some sharper sizzling carbonation, oily and slick. I’m not sure why this one isn’t in the spice/herb/vegetable category... it clearly belongs there.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
20091219 50cl bottle from State Line. Darkest brown with a thick brown head that lasts, the beer has a thick, viscous appearance and coats the glass. Aroma has a rich, fruity beginning with prune, blueberry, and some dark cocoa, but with a bit of swirling the rye emerges as well as a sour yeastiness and the beer unquestionably does smell like pumpernickel bread. I’ll be damned. Mouthfeel is rich and lush up front and creamy across the middle with an unctuousness that tends toward sticky without ever getting sweet. A fair amount of roasted dark malt flavor that adds an intriguing earthy quality, leather and shoe polish, cigar. Nice beer.
abemorsten (3195) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch # 425.
Black with a huge creamy brown and lasting head. Beautiful! Aroma of roasted barley, soy sauce and coffee. Sweet and acidic taste. Medium bodied and a milky smooth mouth feel. Recommended!
(Bottle, courtesy of tarjei 12.12.2009)
jgb9348 (5096) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black, 100% opaque, with a nice thick luscious light brown head - very nice looking. Deep aroma of nuts, oatmeal, alcohol, smoke, peat and a touch of nutmeg. Full-bodied; Chewy mouthful at first, then leaves a pleasant and odd, unexpected mild malty, oatmeal flavour in the mouth. Followed up by nutty, oaky, vanilla flavours and ending with a light twang of hops. Aftertaste is actually pretty mild considering the feel in the mouth and the large aroma - nice and fresh. Overall, a good beer, definitely respectable for any style, but a very nice beer for this style. Although, I definitely don’t agree with the style of a ’Porter’ here, this is definitely (while not being brewed on the Baltic Sea - just a few hundred kilometres away) a Baltic Porter, probably giving Zywiec a run for its money. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 03-October-2009 sampled at home in Washington on 15-December-2009.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: November 13, 2009
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, drippy bits of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma with lots of sweet licorice
Flavor: sweet chocolate flavor, touch of sweet licorice, dark chocolate bitterness, light spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Score: *** /4
allfreej (553) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Opaque black pour, dense brown head. Nose is dark malt, coffee, baker’s chocolate, spice, smoke. Flavor is malt, pumpernickel bread spiciness, and alcohol. Finish is bittersweet chocolate, alcohol, and a nice level of hop bitterness.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.
Pitch black with a thin light beige head. Excellent liquorice and chocolate all round. Slightly inky, some faint bready notes, a little thinner than I was expecting but it works really well and makes it very drinkable. Good preserve jam type notes and hints of oak too. Very little roast. Tasty and drinkable.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a perfect, Norwegian winter at 3 am black with an aroma of roasted chocolate nuts and roasted nuts and roasted chocolate with a hint of pumpernickel in the background. Flavor is coffee ground chocolate with bits of roasted chocolate in the finish. Coffee finish bigtime. Palate is slightly above average. Not sure where the pumpernickel fits in other than a hint in the nose, but whatever. Good beer.
Guerde (1218) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours an inky jet black color with a medium dark tan head that retains well. This beer just looks thick, and when I hold it up in the light, none shows through this beer. Aroma has hints of raisin, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, espresso, and as it warms it does get bready with an ample amount of rye. The taste isn’t complex, but it doesn’t need to be, with predominant flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and smoke. Everything’s heavily roasted here, but it never passes over the threshold to astringency. The mouthfeel is quite thick and smooth, and is coupled with a very enjoyable finish of baked bread. This flavor is so strong it tastes as if I’ve taken a bite of some fresh pumpernickel. This finish lasts for some time. This is a really good beer, and it reminds me of Dark Horse Special Reserve Black Bier with some bread added. Too bad it isn’t available in six packs, as this would be a great beer to drink throughout the winter.
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The head is on the thinner side, but creamy and long lasting. The aroma is rich with roasty mocha and a little bit of anise, perhaps caraway. The only drawback is a slight harshness in the finish. Good beer, though.