kschep (1707) - DENMARK - DEC 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is plum, some alcohol, raisin, coffee, feel is creamy, carb is mediumweak, taste is caramel, super mellow malt, rotten fruit.
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
LR! Bottle from Fred at Beverages 4 Less consumed by myself, which was probably not the best of ideas. Pours a thin mahogany color with a fizzy cola colored head of foam. Smells like Bells 9000 -- loaded with molasses and brewers licorice. Tastes of both with added notes of green foliage (spruce?), alcohol, coffee grounds, and oak. This is a hell of a beer. I would gladly have another -- just not tonight.
rosenbergh (10360) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle. Finland.
Black colour with no head.
Port wine, oat, bread and butter in aroma.
Flavour is sugar, roasted malt, oat, dark fruits red berries, butter and port wine. This kicks ass.
bluejacket74 (1830) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
11.2 ounce bottle, best before 03/03/20. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head that went away quickly. Thereís a small amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is booze (brandy-like), dark fruit, molasses, oak and roasted malt. Itís a sweet and boozy smelling brew. The brew tastes like dark fruit, molasses, smoke, licorice, roasted malt and booze. The first sip was very boozy, but the booziness eased up after that and the sweet flavors became more noticable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís a bit thin but itís also slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. For a beer as strong as this one is, I think the drinkability is good. Itís smooth and goes down easy enough. I think this is a good overall brew, Iíll have to age my other bottle for a while and see how it turns out after a few years.
janubio (705) - SPAIN - NOV 29, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Bottle, 330 ml. Wow, this is a great one. Brown-black colour, pours a dark red head, that doesnít hold much. Smell of coffee, figs, pepper, vanilla, licorice, with toasted notes, maybe wood... and pure alcohol, maybe too much ethanol. Thick body, it seems to "weight" in your tongue, and dumb it. Taste is the same of smell, plus oranges and definitely wood. Maybe too agressive, even more when it warms, but a pleasure to your senses. It may be hard to drink for most people, even for beer lovers, but itís really great.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Deep rich brown w/ a superheady nose of thick sweet booze. hints of fruits, candy, & other nuances of greatness abound. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin syrup considering the heavy booze & malt profile it carries. Slight tongue burn. The heat in the snifter is crazy: ether/modeling glue lol . Jasmine sweet & tart (thou not obv. cran.) lends well to the style: Champagne yeast, high ABV stout w/ great drinkability considering whats going on.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Been excited to try this one for some time. The color is actually more brown then black, which was somewhat surprising to me. It wasnít super thick, but had a nice bubbly head to it. In the aroma I got alcohol, cherries, wood chips, and chocolate. It was very smooth tasting and a lot easier to drink than I was expecting. As it warmed up a bit the fruit/cherries came out a lot more, which made for a very pleasant drink.
Oakes (15617) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Very dark brown. Big nose, some coffee, plum, toast...very sweet with spicy alcohol and a nice smokey character. A strange beer, itís ok but itís not very refined or cohesive. Or exciting. The good elements are enjoyable however.
gyllenbock (7697) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle a Beer Temple in Amsterdam, November 2010.
Black with a small head. Too boozy for my liking. Heavy mouth feel with a long aftertaste. Chocalate, dark fruit, roasted malt and a lot of alcohol.
badnewsbeers (2312) - 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