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Brewed by Viking Ölgerd
Style: Baltic Porter
Akureyri, Iceland

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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Dashimus' rating

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dashimus (226) - London, Greater London, - JUN 12, 2013
Bottle from Vinbud, Reykjavik. Pours black with a thick tan head that fades extremely quickly. Aroma is toasted coffee, liquorice and malt. Taste is moderately bitter with a small amount of sweetness and a short dry finish.


4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nonshaugen (44) - Fetsund, NORWAY - JUL 26, 2015
Black, they promise at the label, and black it is. Just as black as Slash’s hair and hat. Baltic porter, smells amazing with coffee and chocolate up front. Tastes very nice, and for once it’s not that sweet as porters tend to be. Produced at the same brewery as the Einstök Icelandic Porter, but in my opinion a better beer. A moderate ABV of 5,8 makes this a very easy drinkable porter. Enjoyed it, ended up with a top 5 score of 4,2.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirstyrabbit (1433) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2015
Bottle. Dark body, small beige head. Aroma has cocoa powder and some licorice. Maybe a bit of chocolate cake. Taste has faint smoked prunes and more cocoa. Quite watery mouthfeel for the style. And too low ABV - proper Baltic Porters have at least 6,5% ABV, preferably up to 9%. This one is alright, but it doesn’t give you that chewy warming kick I expect to receive when drinking a Baltic Porter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vili (146) - FINLAND - JUL 16, 2015
33cl bottle. Pitch black pour with small, light brow head. Little to no lacing. Aromas of burned rye bread, coffee and raisins. Taste is sweet, malty, dark coffee. Little to no carbonation and surprisingly fresh palate. Aftertaste is short, sweetish, and balanced. Decent porter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suurjuust (1797) - ESTONIA - JUL 5, 2015
Black beer, medium to small head. Nose is roasty, some chocolate and ashy notes. Flavor is roasty, coffee, chocolate. Finish has a nice and hoppy overtone to it, some roast, coffee and chocolate. Lingering hops and roast. All the flavors are there, but it lacks something, maybe it would be better a bit sweeter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3986) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 6, 2015
330ml bottle. Very dark brown color. Huge size, brownish beige head, stays.Sweet, malty, touch of minerals, roast, very faint cocoa in aroma. Sweetish, stale coffee, roasted malts, smooth chocolate in taste. Mild hops mixed with roasted malts in aftertaste. Soft carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
martjoobolut (1561) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 5, 2015
0,33L bottle (from Drink Shop). Pours dark brown-black with light brown head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is malts, sweetness, breadiness. Flavor is sweet, malt, some smoke, chocolate, roast, breadiness. Feels somewhat dead. Overall: ok, but a little bit too bland.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djoeye (2461) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 3, 2015
Beige head, black body, tiny dots down the glassware. Mild scents of dark fruits, dark malts, cocoa, almond, cappucino. Tastes dark caramel, malts, cocoa, creamy coffee, dark chocolate with dusty prunes. Good body, semidry, and a juicy tale. Good. [33cl btl 5.8%abv B@Vinmonopolet]

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
k92488 (346) - NORWAY - MAY 9, 2015
0.33 flaske fra polet. Svart med off white skum som forsvant fort. Aroma brent malt litt sjokolade. Smak av malt. Flat og lite spennende.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle at VBC. Black with a red hue. Roasty aroma with notes of especially coffee and chocolate. Sweet and a bit boring. With a Bit higher alcohol percent and more bitterness it could be fine.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Enjoyit (3600) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2015
Almost black of color with a small beige head. An aroma of cold coffee, dark chocolate, wet dog and weak sweets. A flavor of dark chocolate, weak sweets, coffee and no smoke.


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