FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to DarkGuardian for this beer; Sampled at Redlight Redlight January 2011
The beer sits in my glass with an inky brown / black color. It doesn’t have much carbonation to it, but does pour with a thin, brown colored head. There is a big not of chile in the nose, or rather it is definitely noticeable. Rich, umami laden dark malt savoriness is found in the nose too (a mix of dark malt and sweet malt character that is quite concentrated). Chile aromatics mix with a fruitiness to form an interesting mix and the alcohol is surprisingly well hidden in the aroma. The biggest aroma here though is an espresso / black-coffee like roasted character that I almost forgot to mention because it was so expected.
The beer tastes sweet as it first hits my tongue and it is quite viscous but still somehow light bodied. The finish has a lingering, huge black-coffee / espresso character to it. There is a hint of chile spiciness to the finish that grows in presence as you linger in contemplation after a sip. There is a lot of big, dark chocolate like flavors in this beer and it is quite surprising how “light” this beer is; for something of this alcohol level I was expecting a much heavier brew, though this is still most definitely a sipping brew.
I found this beer quite interesting in the end; I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy it that much, but I really like the good use of subtle chile notes. If I had to describe this beer I would say that it is first a coffee like beer, supported by chocolate notes that are supported by the chile notes.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thick black pour with a short, foamy tan head that quickly disappears. Lots of chocolate and cocoa on the nose as well as caramel, liquorice and coffee. Flavour is very similar to the aroma but less sweet and with hints of smoke and chilli. Medium bodied with an oily mouthfeel, low carbonation and a lingering roasty, smoky finish. Great stout, perfectly balanced and with very well hidden alcohol.
Thomas007 (8) - BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cette bière a énormement de caractère , un arome a la fois fruité mais aussi subtile , avec un petit coté les premiers sont les derniers , je ne peux plus m’en passer ... Une bière de caractère à déguster avec sagesse ..
bobinlondon (1288) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Keg and possibly bottle at the launch night at the White Horse, Parsons Green. By far the best beer in the Abstrackt series so far (in my view). Black with a tan head. Wonderfully complex and hugely drinkable for it’s high strength. Couldn’t really detect the chilli but the warming alcohol, woody chocolate roast and dried fruits danced on my tong. The finish was still surprisingly hoppy. World class!
finol (3066) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin and instantly disapering head.
Taste of licqour filled chocolate with some chili. Well balanced for the abv and chili.
hirigalzkar (2910) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Im really impressed with how the chillies are used in this beer. A good complement to a beer that otherwise is on the sweet side. Notes of chocolate, caramel and licorice. Smooth.
Ungstrup (34333) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Botteld. A pitch black beer with a huge very dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, soy sauce, coffee, and chilis. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of chilis leaving a light burn on the palate, combined with medium notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and alcohol, leading to a dry, roasted, and chili like finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
37.5 cL bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy, dark chocolate brown and short lived head - leaving a bit of lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malty and distinct coffee to chili aroma. Lingering coffee and chili note. Dark chocolate to coffee roasted malty. Sweet dark roasted malty. Light fruity too. Very smooth and mellow integrated.
pilsnerrogge (2816) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, no head. Aroma is chocolate, smoked meat, liquorice and nettles. Flavour is chocolate, coffee and sweet liquorice with late chilli heat. A really interesting beer and the best of the Abstrakt beers so far.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smallish tan head very dark stout mild carbonation aroma cigar dryness vanilla cocoa chocolate coffee bean flavour coffee smooth bean taste cigar dry cocoa vanilla fizz vanilla hop fruit resinous note on the palate barley malt sweetness aftertaste rich malt hop fruit strong bitter dry finish very nice