TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The alcohol really shines through here, making this a good one to wind down the night. All of the traditional porter flavors are here, although this one goes heavy on the sweetness. Personally, I thought it was delicious, a great way to warm up in the winter perhaps.
legion242 (2322) - Richardson, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2005
1.3 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Deep black color. Decent khaki head. Burnt electrical nose. Syrupy sweet first sip. Too sweet. I don’t know what to do with this one. I am going to let it warm up a bit, but it might be a drain pour.
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aroma from chocolate, wood, molasse and horseblanket. Sweet, thick, smooth madeira and coffee flavour. Somewhat burnt. Pleasant acidity in finish.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this beer smells like alcohol (not that that?s a bad thing). Nice taste. Bit of a sour aftertaste, but not enough to ruin the overall impression.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, BB July -05
Very dark red. Persistent cream coloured head. Chocolate/cola dusty aroma. Burned sugar, perhaps. Quite sweet and rich in chocolate and burned character. Creamy vanilla palate. A bit too sweet, syrup like almost. Will probably develop in the cellar even if it is pasteurised. Nice as a desert after dinner I would guess.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of oatiness in the nose meld well with hints of dark chocolate, charred toffee and smoked peat. The body is heavy, creamy and real enjoyable. Sweet chocolate, vanilla and roasted malts balance each other, making this quite drinkable. No sign of the 10% ABV, which is kind of scary.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown appearance, rich fruity port aroma. Sweet fruity, creamy flavor, strong port comparisons without the showing the alcohol. Smooth and creamy. Sweet finish.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The beer upon its evacuating the 500ml brown bottle takes up but temporary residence in my glass a deep brown to almost black color with a smallish light chocolate head that vanishes rather quickly leaving a dangerously thin skirt of lace to encircle the glass. Nose has a splendid burnt grain aroma with a sweet malt backing, caramel, and a somewhat earthy tone present; start is sweet with a nice grain profile, the top middling in its feel. Finish has a vigorous acidity and the hops delightfully spicy, and the 9.4 percent ABV leaves a nice warm feeling in the belly, a darn tasty brew this “Black Beauty”!
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Lots of toffee and sweet caramel, sweet/sticky/syruppy mouthfeel, some brown sugar flavours, not that bad, but it could with less sweetness and less alcohol in the finish.
oh6gdx (22073) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Bottled. Black opaque colour, brown foamy head. Chocolate and toffee in aroma along with roasted malt. Flavour is very roasted and bitter with hints of dark chocolate. Smoothens up a lot as it gets warmer. Some weird sweet flavour is also present.