DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from Bottle into Snifter glass.
Pours a smooth black/brown with a thin tan colored head that remains atop the glass and leaves nice lacing down the glass. Aroma has some grapefruit bitter-sweetness, mild roastiness, bitter chocolate but I would say the hops definitely pop out at you. The flavor is sweet with hop flavor and chocolate. As it warms there are more citrus, roast, chocolate and it has a stronger alcohol presence. Its medium-full bodied and has a very slightly dry finish. Its a pretty tasty beer although I would have hope the body was a little more crisp and the chocolate flavor was a little more bitter.
kerenmk (1568) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at tom’s place. Thanks ariel. Old bottle, at least from 2009. Dark brown-black with tan ring. Sweet aroma - some nuts, raisins, raspberry and marmite. Sweet, very faint coffee taste. No carbonation, full body, long finish. Interesting.
Nische (442) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated from backlog. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Very dark brown, almost black. Smells of anise and licorice. Strong licorice taste. Thick. Alcohol on the finish.
Beergeek23322 (1709) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
7/17/2010. From bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of alcohol, roasted malt, dark fruit and hops. Not bad at all.
JStax (2344) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle thanks to a generous trader. Pours dark brown to black with a hkgaki colored head of foam. Aroma is burnt grain and a tint of sourness. Taste is grainy and sort of spicy. A hot alcohol aroma comes through strongly. A little rough of a palate.
Lilja (1222) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Måste ha fått ett måndagsexemplar. Smaken lyfte kraftigt komplext men var väldigt spretig och visste inte var den skulle landa. Lite avslagen och unken i eftersmaken.
laiti (4550) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2013 35,5 cl bottle @ HBF. Rated on 20.08.2010
Aroma is rather hoppy with exotic fruits, some nettles and hints of gooseberry bush. Flavour is slightly sweet with rather aggressive American hops, exotic fruits, nettles and an ashy feeling. No signs of pils here, but good stuff anyway.
shamansurf (2) - California, USA - AUG 7, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Off the charts. My favorite beer ever. Still looking for it on shelves but I’ve cleaned out my local shops. Solid brew, heavy but hopped heavy for some lilt in the mouth feel. Blackberry, blueberry, oaky malt, an almost medicinal feel on the palate and it seems to have restorative properties for the body.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Windy City. Roasty nose. Quite hoppy. Seems to have a strong woody character. Strong roasty/malty flavor. Very full and tasty. Very solid.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Ibrew2or3! Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of wood, vanilla, whisky. Taste is sweet with some alcohol burn. Medium bodied. A little harsh, but good. Thanks Dave!
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a dark brown-black color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of roasted chocolate and dark malts with some earthy and citrus hops, some licorice, and a bit of coffee, dark fruits, and booze.
T - Starts off with some roasted chocolate malts with some orange and citrus hops with a bit of black licorice and coffee. Through the middle, some earthy hops and bitterness comes through with some dark fruit sweetness, nuttiness, and some dark caramel malts. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate and coffee with some dark fruit and a bit of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly thick with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice mix of dark roasted malt character and lager smoothness. Good overall balance and body.