ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml (I think?) bottle into a tulip glass.
A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a nice looking two finger mocha shade with a good texture. Rock-solid retention and attractive lacing are also present.
S: There is a lot of chocolate, along side some cola, honey, and a very subtle herbal component. All the sweetness comes across enjoyably.
T: The flavors presented are far more caramel-forward in general than the nose suggested. Despite that, there’s a strong suggestion of sweet cola and faint chocolate to start, before it gradually dries out near the finish. The honey qualities come across both dryly and sweetly.
M: At first, it’s a very clean, dry brew, but after a while sweetness will accumulate on the front of the palate (the sides and back remain dry, however). Carbonation is low, which fits its somewhat syrupy nature - but the thinner texture doesn’t, really.
O: For about 4 oz, this one truly kicks ass in terms of both drinkability and enjoyment factor. But as soon as the sweetness accumulates, it becomes a little less likable for my tastes. Killing an entire bottle would be difficult, but not unbearable; this is one to share with others. Between this and taking heroin, I’d pick drinking this 11 times out of 10.
dnicolaescu (782) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - SEP 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
BOTTLE 33 CL.
Look: clear and deep dark mahogany, beige frothy to creamy head.
Aroma: really rich dark bread notes, rich malts, some red wine notes, fruity.
Taste: it is certainly on the sweet side but far from being cloying. The dominant character is dar toasted bread, balanced by light spicy hops, Creamy silky smooth body, just a touch of alcohol.
adodo (64) - Riga, LATVIA - SEP 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Intense, brown bread aroma. Dark brown cloudy, white head. Medium sweetness, little bitter, umani taste. Something unpleasent about palate but can’t really think what.
themightyjag (187) - - SEP 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh.
Small off white head, good lacing. Very dark body, hints of ruby brown at the edges. Nose is sweet and nutty, honey. Flavour is roasted nuts, malty sweetness, nice honey finish. Earthy aftertaste. Good thick mouthfeel, a bit syrupy, very little carbonation. Good scotch ale.
Modularman (128) - - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smell of toffee and raisin, appearance is black with thin brown head, taste is coffee, chocolate, malt. Good beer that’s not too sweet.
Calisky (712) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Couleur noire, reflets ambrés, mousse beige qui disparait. Nez caramalt, sucré miel, notes grillées et chocolat. Gout malté doux typé scotch, café doux type scotch, note fruits noirs, chocolat, vanille, miel, très légère et buvable, ronde et douce en bouche, pas mal!
edsspoon (414) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh man this is a good beer. Keg. Pours deep ruby red with a brown head. Good retention and good lacing. Aroma is immediately floods of coffee with cocoa and some more subtle hints of vanilla. Taste is sweet malt, chocolate, cocoa and coffee. The coffee flavours linger at the end and is joined by some roasted malt and a medium bitterness. The body becomes quite tarry towards the end. Medium body, low carbonation and a little bit sticky.
Bontus (634) - Flanders, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Geers, 33cl. Pours dark brown to black, nearly no head. Sizzling a bit. Toffee & coffee nose, malt. Some wood/roast. Don’t taste any honey in it. Roasted bitter finish, lingering. Not bad
Bozo_skeleton (501) - Grenoble, FRANCE - SEP 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ruby sombre,petit collet de fines bulles.
Arômes complexes de caramel, miel, chocolat, pain.
Corps bien charpenté, ronde, belle amertume sur le final avec des flaveurs de pruneau.
HIGHB4LL (529) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber; batch #120. Appearance: Finger dark brown head, brown copper color, clear. Aroma: molasses, poppy, honey, fruit (prune), licorice, nutty. Palate: full body, soft carbonation, sweet finish, cloying sweetness. Taste: prune sweetness, into cloying molasses sweetness with hints of licorice and chocolate, finishes is light nutty. Overall, very different, but the balance is a little too sweet for me, but maybe this is mostly due to the vintage. Good in small amounts.
motelpogo (6699) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from pivni galerie. black with a mocha heead; aroma of shortbread and cocoa powder; some burnt bitterness and mint chocolate flavours. clean and drinkable