hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours a dark caramel color and sits mostly black in my glass with a small, swirling bit of retention. The aroma is “slap-it-to-ya” ethanol with undertones of cocoa nibs, charcoal, cranberries and jasmine. Full-bodied and oily with stinging carbonation. The flavor is sweet and tart. More fruity than chocolaty and a bit nutty. Alcohol is not fully evident. Very low bitterness. The finish is lengthy, sweet, then bitter and warming. Kudos to darkguardian for sharing the bottle!
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Hamiltons: pours dark with thin tan head. Sweet cookie dough nose with molassis. Super sweet molassis, cookie, vanilla, and boozy apricot flavors. Severly sweet...somewhat syrupy though could be worse...too sweet to fully enjoy much of it. Alcohol is well hidden underneath the sweetness and is warming but not hot.
darkguardian (725) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. This is a freaking amazing beer. Nose is crazy with tons of chocolate, caramel and sugar. Some light roast on the nose and a bit of smoke. Flavor is lightly tart, maybe from the cranberries? But just a huge thick body that is of course sweet but not hot at all. Scary as this beer drinks like about 10% or so. So balanced for beer of this size. Perfectly attenuated to, probably one of the best attenuated high ABV beers I’ve had. This is really really well done.
fonefan (35220) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33cl. @ Chriso’s pre GBBF Shindig ’09.
Clear dark black brown color with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, dark chocolate, wood - smoke notes, alcohol. Flavor is light heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic and warming. 
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, at Stockholm Beer and Whisky Fest. Pours deep brown with a very thin off-white head. Aroma of chocolate in the forefront, along with vanilla, herbs, and some dark fruit. Flavor is on the sweet side, with vanilla, chocolate, grapefruit, orange, herbs, earth, berries and wood. Medium bodied, with a somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Hops persist on the palate. Alcohol becomes very evident in the finish. Interesting, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as batch 1.
Fin (7538) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this in the camper at campsite, Great Gransden, Cambridgeshire 01-10-09 Big thanks to Craig for this beer. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is copper coins (Loz) touch of blackcurrants. Fruitier than I expected and whilst there is some coffee its is not quite what I imagined. Wonderful length, drinking far easier than it has any right to. Gradual burn at the end. A pretty good beer but not great. A7 A4 F7 P3 Ov13 3.4
harrisoni (13828) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Chriso pre-GBBF tasting 09. Plus on tap at The Rake. Very deep ruby, dark beige head. Very alcoholic yet very fruity. Lots of spicy bite. Gripping beer. Better on tap I thought. Fuller more rounded. Flavours are anything from spice through some deep malts. Very very good and my senses aren’t up to rating it, there is stuff going on that I just can’t get.
Joakgust (915) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at SB&WF. Brown beer with almost no head. Aroma is malty sweet with notes of chocolate, licorice, white flowers and alcohol. Flavor is malty with notes of port, raisins, alcohol, dark berries and some vanilla. Full-bodied (though not for style) and really an experience. Looking forward to the first batch...
omhper (19638) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Nut brown, minimal head. Concentrated aroma of licorice and port. Dry (despite 18.2%!) and grainy. Not even full bodied. There is vanilla and port, warming but mildly so. Manages to be remian balanced. Port with licorice is the lasting impression.
FatPhil (9405) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2012 330ml bottle (Kaisla, Helsinki)
Black and flat, head hard to achieve, as the bubbles pop immediately. Thin sharp aroma. Some nettles as it becomes less cold. Sharp carbonation, quite a tingle on the tongue, but of course that’s alcohol too. Retronasals are sweet and chocolatey, with some currants and berries too. Alcohol very well hidden considering. There’s just a little dry burn, but not the booziness one often gets. Beestings in the retronasals as time warms. Finish a little sweet and sticky, but good roast too. A touch gimicky, but perfectly drinkable.
Rerate: 330ml bottle (drink baar, tallinn)
Did have a nice tight head this time. Again, it’s a bit stinky, there’s some nail varnish remover and alcohol. Similar retronasals, some cidery, some winey sharpness. Very sweet sugary body, but a nice burtness too. Smooth sweet sticky sweet body. The best things from the taste are in the finish, and not the bad parts. Probably wouldn’t give this quite as much this time, but it’s not so much worse that I feel compelled. Maybe 1 off taste and overall, but I’d add 1 to look too.