badnewsbeers (2313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours reddish black. thinner than expected. minimal to no head, yet the body isnt lacking needed carbonation. aroma of big raisin, fig, spice, oak, and lactose. flavor of alcohol, raisin, licorice, tobacco and bourbon. moderate heat (perhaps less than expected with a 18% abv)..nonetheless, it becomes difficult to drink and has a cloying finish. not bad, but it isnt easy being a beer at this abv
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown - not the expected pitch black. Big burning alcohol on the nose, hurts to inhale. However the beer is insanely drinkable. A light toasty malt is well balanced with port like sweetness. The vanilla oakiness and herbal flavours only act to increase the driinkability. A very impressive brewing feat.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 33cl. Pours a clear and dark reddish/brown beer with a weak beige head. The aroma is malt, roasted, alcohol and fruit. The flavor is malt, licorice, fruit and alcohol. The palate is alcoholwarmth and sweetness. Overall a good beer with a great body.
pootzboy (1591) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at the Chancey Smithís Brewdog Dinner:
Decants a viscous opaque rusty red- black liquid with a small bit of a cap. Lacing is washed from the walls of the glass by the high alcohol content. Very little carbonation.
Aroma is really off the hook! Layered, complex, roasty, burnt trecle, vinoud, berries, cocoa, citrus zest, musty oaky...un-frikkiní common!
Rich oily mouth feel... rounded, smooth but complex character, hides the massive alcohol fairly well.
Bombastic flavor gets right in your face but is not harsh or overbearing. Very vinous in overall flavor profile punctuated with an ale complexity which has roasty maltiness and hop elements that give impressions of red berries, burnt treacle, licorice, oak, cocoa, smoke...all with a massive herbal-medicinal hop bite.
Truly a brewing mile stone and an instant legend. THIS is the rich black ale Oba Dubh 30 yr. can only wish it could be.
nearbeer (3776) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to lithy for this 330 ml. Batch #3, bb 16/02/20. Deep black with a lasting film of cream and a touch of lace. Nose of oat, cookie dough, figs, vanilla, oak and light whiskey. Flavor is at first the same, then the figs, whiskey, oak and vanilla nearly overpower me. Medium-heavy body is smooth, and well-dried and warmed by the alcohol. Some saltiness in the aftertaste. Not a big fan of 15% abv-plus beers, but this one ainít as alcoholic as most.
theSlipperyPen (238) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is head, about a fingerís worth - which is surprising at this alcohol level - but like all really big beers, the bottle needs to stand open for a while so that it can breathe before given up that foam and fizzle. The colour is cola brown with ruby or cherry highlights; not the squid ink Iíd expected. The aroma shares more in common with a port or a spirit than a beer, being quite openly boozy and very sweet. There are fruits on the nose; honeyed dates and preserved figs, but nothing fresh. There is another port aroma here, a corked tannin woodiness reminiscent of nut husks. As for the nose, itís interesting indeed, but not really typical of a stout. In the mouth itís alcohol all the way. The heat sears the tongue then burns down your chest on its way to light a belly explosion. The cranberries and jasmine are only to be found as traces, hidden behind an overbearingly malty body. I keep glimpsing something special here, only to have the alcohol shut me out again and again. But maybe that this beerís maxim: itís an extreme experience, albeit an expensive and dangerous one. The finish opens up the malt and the fruits and develops that corked character. But ultimately itís just booze and sugar. So, a stout? Iím not sure. It shares more with beers like Schloss Eggenberg Samichlaus. But then again trying to define a beer that pushes at the boundaries of what can be considered a beer is probably just an exercise in concession. Buy one. See what you think. As for my tastes, itís a step too far.
tommann (2767) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Pours pitch black with no head. Aroma is massive, chocolate, alcohol, wood and berries. Chocolate and berries. Loads of smoke. Berries and smoke on the finish. Alcohol burn on the aftertaste.
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Platinum Liquor in Nth Strathfield. Wow! Quite extreme. Very thick, quite heavy. Strong alcohol burn, as iíd expected with it being 18%. probably wouldnt get it again, but well worth experiencing.
sfhodense (4791) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, heavy alcohol, fruity notes, chocolate and coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, sweet, heavy burning alcohol, chocolate, coffee and liquorish.
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles at Chancey Smithís- Deep opaque black pour with a dark mocha cap that is mountainous. Intense nose of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and alcohol. Sweet with dark chocolate and warming alcohol with lasting bitterness. Long, sweet and boozey finish with dark chocolate and dark rum like finish. Oily, full bodied, a beast!