Martinus (3636) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red, almost black beer with firm, lasting, pillowy tan head. Aroma is rather restrained but burned malts, coffee, liquorice, anis and some smoke. Carbonation rather light. Flavour slightly sweet, bitter (burned malts bitter). Coffee, liquorice, some chocolate. Bit of smoke. Bit reminding of a stout too, maybe because of the pillowy head and low carbonation. Finish dry and rather mild, some malty coffee tones linger together with some smoke. Nice one.
(From 33cL bottle)
Benzai (9897) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Color looks like copper a bit, kind of light amber. Don’t like the smell though the taste isn’t really bad. Medium carbo, low to medium body.
altonbrownd (3752) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beer Planet. Dark black body with tan puffy head. Nose of malts, caramel, licorice notes. Taste is malty caramel and quickly turns smoke and hamy. Quite nice. Syrupy smooth texture too.
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottled, BBE 10/2011) Hazy, very dark brown color with a firm, lasting, tanned and lacy head. Strong aroma of licorice, anise, roasted and smoked malt - even whiskey-like notes. Flavor is roasted-malty and smoky-peaty with sweetish dried-fruitiness. Not too burned or ashy. Medium to full body with quite high CO2. Another success from this brewery. If I could change something, I’d give this a bit more body and lower the CO2 level. But at this ABV level, this is excellent work, comparable to Fuller’s London Porter and Old Engine Oil. 5246
jtclockwork (10619) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose of chlorinated soapy water, smoke, roast chocolate malt, hops and caramel. Taste is dry bitter baker’s chocolate, hops and chlorinated soapy water. Maybe some used coffee grounds. Body drops out of this like a stone. Odd concoction.
dEnk (4192) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma is hoppy, stouty, some spices, roasted malt. Very nice and full. Flavour is roasted malt, touch of caramel sweetness, some hop bitterness, long lingering smoky roasty finish. Thinnish but fitting palate. Nice one.
Pinball (11257) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear amber, huge smooth light brown head.
aroma is licorice, rosted grains, dryness, faint sweet dark fruits. aroma is pretty much centered around licorice and roasted malts, much less around caramel and dark fruits. Still distinctly different from a porter or a stout.
flavor is hard roasted malts, charchoal, licorice, dryness. sort of resembling the darkest bock’s i’ve tasted. ends a little bit sweeter than it starts out.
txspartan (980) - Wilrijk, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty, woody, black, medium body, lively, long finish,
mile (3394) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown, average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and lightly sweetish, some roasted malt and coffee, light fruitiness, faint notes of wood. Body is medium, malty a lightly sweetish flavor, light roasted malt and coffee, faint toffee. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, same roasted malt. Nice Belgian old ale – not too sweet/not too much roasted malt and coffee.
mjs (5185) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, 0.75 l as Bellevaux Black Cuvée Spéciale, at the 16th Kerstbierfestival) The beer poured almost black. Its head was quite large and light brown. Aroma had malts, liquorice and chocolate. Palate was full bodied and dryish with medium carbonation. Flavours were malts, roastedness, chocolate, liquorice, mildly sweetness, bit of hops and medium bitterness. Aftertaste was malty. Nice, tasty beer.