5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep brown, nearly black, large foamy beige head, sticky lacing.   Has a slight Bourbony
vanilla nose.   Not what I expected.   Soft hop bite, a little black malt, softer Bourbon and Vanilla.
Hmmm... interesting.   Hop bite that lingers, with a little bit of a Black malt flavor.   Nose and start of
this beer suggests Bourbon and Vanilla, but doesn’t translate much onto the tongue.   If this is indeed a 10%
beer, it hides its ABV very well.   As it warms it gets a little hot, or should I say shows some heat.   Comes
across as a Black Bier with a minor hop bite, aged on Oak.   Interesting take on a Pilsner/Black Bier.   Not
have bad, better than I expected.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Oak lingers well after the finish.
Vignale (2539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
En flaska som blivit stående lite för länge. Mörk med stort brunt skum. Närmast en svart IPA i doft och smak. Mycket humle och mycket beska, men det märks, framförallt i eftersmaken att den blivit lite för gammal. Humlen känns trött och lite unken.
DrSilverworm (8548) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pitch-black color, minimal brown head. Very little lace. Looks like a stout, pretty much. Black is right. But this is not a stout. There’s no chocolate / coffee stoutness found here. The first thing is the bitterness -- this is bitter. Probably from the huge resiny hop flavor, with a licorice note. There is a bit of alcohol heat here, too. It’s a big brew for sure, really big body, but a nice light and crisp carbonation, and a good, long aftertaste. No complaints about the texture, it’s great. The flavor is powerful and assertive, but I’m not sure how much I can say that this brew is enjoyable and tasty. I mean, it’s great... but not something I would care to get on a regular basis, especially considering the $7 paid. It’s unique, certainly a good novelty and an interesting departure. Extra point for that. [Note: Found this bottle at Dutch’s last week -- had a white residue near the cap, definitely looks like it has been sitting in their walk-in cooler for quite a while.]
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - AUG 13, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle. dark brown color. amazing aroma of dark chocolate, mint, roasted malts, dark fruits and herbs. complex flavors of coffee, chocolate, spicy hops and tropical fruits. medium body and extremely long finish.
DSG (8448) - Tel Aviv, - AUG 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Ariel. Very dark brown to black-colored. Roasted aroma with some licorice hints, a bit of chocolate hints, herbal notes and some fruitiness. Roasty flavor with licorice, chocolate, faint coffee notes and some bitter hoppiness in the finish. Medium to full-bodied.
pastradul (43) - California, USA - JUL 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found this still in the fridge of a local bottle shop! Have one sitting in the fridge from a six pack I bought when it was first released. I was really excited to see how this newy acquired bottle would be with more then a year on it and from a random store!
Poured in my duvel tulip. Nice inch of brown coffee head with lots of bubbles on the side.
The scent is sweet yeasty goodness. A bit on the sweet side.
The taste is amazing. A strong dark/sweet malt flavor upfront. Then goes into a buttery creamy bitter finish...if that even makes sense. Then finishes with a strong bitter hop bite! WOW the hops have really held up over the past year!
Think I am going back to get some more bottles!
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted on 5/31/11 from a 12oz bottle purchased at Sun Devil back in the day. Pours an opaque very dark brown with a massive taupe (I’m told that is a color) head that slowly recedes to rocky and uneven lace, leaving a ton of sticky residue along the inside of the glass. The nose has an interesting herbal, soapy aroma with lemon basil along with a dark chocolate malt aroma as well. The flavor is herbal sage, and lemon basil, both bitter and earthy, along with lightly sweet dark chocolate, bittersweet orange peel, and over-steeped tannic and bitter coffee. The body is full and very oily with average, but very smooth carbonation and a long herbal and coffee bitter finish.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer pours light black with a light tan head that only rises about 1 finger, if that, is gone quickly. The lacing is very light.
The aroma is medium and very malty. A ton of bitter chocolate shines through with a touch of vanilla and alcohol.
The taste is nice and complex. It starts light with a little alcohol then finishes with a huge bitter chocolate taste. Its very bitter but dark chocolate, not hops bitter, there is a huge difference between the two and its very nice. Very similar to chocolate truffle.
The feel is great and very drinkable.
I had no expecations for this beer and came away very impressed. It has a unique feel I have yet to come across and very intriguing
zvikar (4014) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - AUG 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
At a tasting, thanks Ariel, pours black with some red taints and light brown creamy head, aroma of chocolate, mint and nuts, flavor of smoke, mint, coffee, wood and liqurice, medium to full bodied, nice
Atom (1777) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours dark brown/black with red highlights and a small tan head. Aroma has a roasted malt sweetness, molasses, floral, hops, and caramel. Taste has strong flavors of juniper and pine with a bitter hoppy finish. Interesting but not very into this one.