zacgillbanks (2088) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York. This inky black beer has red ruby highlights and pours without any sort of head. It has an initial blackberry, raspberry and red-fruity flavour with spicy warming liquorice, tartness, vanilla and leather notes and an extremely powerful alcoholic fruity finish. Very good, but a bit too strong in the alcohol department for my liking.
jookos (1907) - FINLAND - SEP 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #1802. Black. Dark fruity, rubbery burnt ashy nose. Quite intensive, but not as salty licorice- like as many hefty RISes. Thick bodied, but not unpalatable. Rather smooth actually without being overly sweet, even if thereís virtually no carbonation. Oak, alcohol, smoke, some tar, and dark, dark, berries flavour-wise. Ok, but not mind shattering. Long finish, but easily forgot.
tmrmwel (847) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, # 4677. Pours a dark translucent red with a small creamy mocha coloured head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, prunes, raisins and dark fruits, as well as spicy whiffs of alcohol and oak. Full creamy body with no carbonation at all. Flavour is sweet with burned malts, kandi, molasses and pepper, as well as fitting notes of oaky alcohol, liquorice, prunes and figs. Massive and quite burned finish.
Countbeer (4302) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Many thanks to Madmitch: Served in a Chouffe glass: BottleNo#1434/5754:
Small lively brown head-lacing-gone... A completely black colored beer.
The aroma is quite withheld, thereís some vinous tones, some red fruit, port, liquorice, tar, liquor, alcohol and oatmeal.
Flavours of port, roast, spicy, bitters, tar, liquorice, warmth, some red fruit, wood, spices, hay, hint of raisin, liquor, barley malt roast, brown sugars and peppers.
Aftertaste is a mix of spices, roast, oatmeal, barley malt roast, some liquor, raisin, hay and some liquorice... Complex...
Low carbo, soft creamy yet spicy mouthfeel, full body and a texture between watery and creamy closer to creamy and close to a bit oily...
Very strange, complex, but good beer... Somewhat reminds me a bit of the Mikkeller Black beer. Though itís a while ago...
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. My toast for the International Beer Day (which I though was today but turned out to be last Friday... :-P) goes in this one, chin chin beer nerds world wide! ;-) Pours a pitch black body with a somewhat too-rapidly-disappearing miniscule beige head, making the beer look flat within seconds. Weird. Nose is sweet, rich chocolate and cocoa tones, honey, dark malts, nuts, licorice and hints of leather, whisky and wood. Taste is stinging alcohol right off the bat, with loads of dark chocolate and cocoa bursting the palate seconds later. When the initial assault fades in intensity, I get salty licorice, charcoal, whisky and hints of burnt toast and charred caramel. Warming alcohol and leather in the aftertaste. Full body, medium to high carbonation which should have been reduced a bit IMO. Pretty harsh and feisty stuff, I think this one is over the top and would have been more enjoyable at 12-14 or maybe 15 % - alcohol levels at which one most certainly would have been able to appreciate the ingredients more. Or maybe in 5-10 years or so. :-P
jonnyguns (875) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a black/very dark ruby with a very small dark coloured head. Aromas of heavy dark chocolate, slight tartness from the berries, some sweetness and the whiskey lingers in your nose. Smells a little bit like an alcoholic redskin! Taste more focuses on the sweetness from the honey than the berries and lingers on your palate. Pretty good actually.
Boris4Life (27) - SWEDEN - JUL 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a beautiful creation... I can not find the right words to describe this beer... It looks Ok, the aroma is enticing, the taste is superb and the palste overall is a very handsome mix between the oak whisky casks and the sweetness from the single grain really shines through more than I expected it to. I would stop doing anythig else in my spare time if I could brew beer this good! This is my All Time Favourite so far!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
maneliquor (2989) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a thick and sticky, small dark tan head which has great lacing and retention. Nose shows heavy dark chocolate, light berries, sweet honey, liquorice and whisky notes. The dark chocolate notes really work well throughout this beer. Light notes reminiscent of red skins. Tarty berries but not over the top, heavy sweetness from the honey which the booze helps carry forward. Still works well despite how sweet it is. Actually a really enjoyable beer. One of the better Abstrakts Iíve had
tfredvik (1031) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not surprisingly, both because of the high alcohol content and the fact that this is an Abstrakt, the head is tiny and consists of nothing but a few, big, brown bubbles that doesnít lace the glass. The beer has a very dark brown, close to black colour and includes some sediments. The aroma is very strong, malty and sweet with roasted notes, dark caramel, chocolate, coffee and liquorice, but also some obvious berries and vinous alcohol. In the back there are also hints of leather, whiskey, honey and dairy products. Lovely! The taste is very, very sweet while the long-lasting finish is moderate bitter. The strong roasted malty flavours follow the aroma, with a bit more peat and whisky (but itís still verily lightly peated) and port wine, also some muscovado sugar. The liquorice feels quite salty. The alcohol is clean and incredibly well integrated, but of course itís not exactly hidden. With such an amount of alcohol the close to flat carbonation is fitting. The body is full and the texture is oily. A wonderful beer.
[37.5 cl bottle, bottle 4754/5754, enjoyed 15 months after bottling, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]
ghendrix (92) - Cardiff, WALES - JUN 5, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2013 Bottles in Brewdog Glasgow & Edinburgh. I love me a cranachan, so was desperate to try this out. Itís glorious. Dark in the glass with raspberries, blackberries, caramel all bursting out. Very sweet in the mouth, warm honey and oak there, and then come the oats... it honestly tastes like cranachan. Itís quite special.