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Black Death Beer

Brewed by Viking Ölgerd
Style: Baltic Porter
Akureyri, Iceland


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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Black Death Beer has a pitch black colour and light brown creamy head. Aroma is roasted malt with strong notes of coffee and chocolate. Sweet spicy flavour with smoky aftertaste. It was launched in Iceland in 2011 and has been very well received, especially among younger beer drinkers (20-30 year old). Black Death is a brand owned by Valgeir Sigurðsson, an Icelandic native who launched vodka and snaps lines under this brand in the eighties with great success in many markets. The brand became famous when Slash, the famous guitar player of Guns ‘n’ Roses became an aficionado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (8402) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2015
330mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown / near-black with a small tan head. Nose brings out cocoa, a little vanilla and a touch of roast. Flavour is quite full-bodied, with a good balance of cocoa, vanilla and roast. Finishes on notes of cocoa and vanilla. Surprisingly complex and full. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (1448) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 2, 2015
@ Havregatan 150402. Bottle (330 ml) from Skjold Burne, Helsingör. Roasted malty with notes of chocolate, sweet, medium body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and roasted.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NosirIwont (2056) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle. 5.8%. No ’best before’ date. Pours almost pitch black, with a tan head. Aroma is smoked, a bit watery, with a hint of cooked vegetables. Flavour is sweet and smoked, a bit watery. Dry, roasted finish, a bit smoked, with a lingering grassy note. Overall okay, but the watery and smoked notes clash; lacks body. 28.02.15.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fdomig (507) - München, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2015
330ml bottle in Iceland. Aroma is malty, light coffee. Appearance is dark black with a light brown-ish head. Taste is sweet and light bitter. A bit dry with a soft carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14698) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at K Bar. Clear brown color. Aroma of chocolate. Taste is soft brownies.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10515) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle at K-Bar. Pours dark brown with a medium, frothy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast malt, bready notes, dates and figs with light earthy hops. Flavor is sweet dark malt and fruits with light earthy hops, medium bitterness, and a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pentaz (1254) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a lasting and lacing beige medium head. Aroma is smoky, meat, licorice, dark bread, roasted malt. Taste is light+ sweet and bitter. Body is light+, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft+. Finishes light sweet and roasted malty with smoke.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (1072) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2015
Poured a nearly opaque brown black colour with a one-finger tan foamy head that diminished quickly and produced virtually no lacing. Carbonation low. Aroma subtly of dark chocolate and coffee with some sweetness. Taste initially of roasted coffee then sweet chicory with no real bitterness. Light body, a bit thin. Dry with a nice sweetness and a mild coffee bitterness on the finish. Quite nice to sip. Unusually thin for a porter, more like a schwarzbier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlackerMads (1938) - DENMARK - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle thanks to pentaz. Black with a medium sized diminishing light brown head. Mild smoke and ash in the nose. Spegepølse, light ash, dry flowers, wood, light caramel. Medium body, soft carbonation, filling mouthfeel. Mild sweet with a bitter finish that has some lingering smoke. Pretty solid beer for the price, I guess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jado (618) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 13, 2015
From 330 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with some reddish highlights and a thin but lasting tan head. Aromas are quite light but there’s some roast and dark fruit come through. Taste is more robust with some chocolate and fruit at the front before a nice roasted coffee note emerges along with a bit of liquorice. Slips away a little at the end with some minerality as well. Not bad but could use a little more body.

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