veceo (733) - CROATIA - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color, average sized brown head. Aroma of dark fruits and chocolate. Full body, soft carbonation. Medium to high sweetness, solid amount of bitterness also. Dark fruits, chocolate and alcohol in taste. Also, there’s a nice woody cognac feel. Smooth texture, very complex character and usual alcohol warmth. Intense as hell, pure force.
androman (733) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - APR 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle at home from Only Good Beer, Budapest. Body is pitch black, head is very small, brownish, creamy, fully diminishing, fair lacing. Nose is sweetish liqueurish, flavor is molasses, coffee liqueur, light smoke, chocolate. Heavy sweet, heavy bitter. Finish is long lasting roasty liqueurish mostly heavy bitter, light sweet, alcohol is present but 18% ABV is not recognized. Full body, sticky texture, soft carbonation. Excellent heavy but drinkable tasty dessert beer, great one.
bmerz (728) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Birch & Barley with a mexican chocolate tart w/tamarind ice cream. Worked well for that. Perhaps my rating would be lower if not influenced by that. The menu also used the old description mentioning brewed with cranberries and jasmine. but I may have got the former but not the later. Beer color of raisins with good shading, a little soapy head that dissipated very quickly. Aroma of cranberries and strong with raisins and booze. Taste of oak, raisins, sharply bitter, spicy, rust. Thin mouthfeel with a gritty texture and little carbonation. Surprisingly well put together. Despite the dominance of the booze it was not too much.
darkguardian (726) - 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.
zimbo (719) - SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at BrewDog Edinburgh.
Thickish glossy slick and syrupy. Black shine. More of a (tough still slight) liquorice quality to it. Alcohol is well hidden until you attempt to stand. Almost like a liqueur.
kapusil (715) - HUNGARY - AUG 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap@Beer Bier. Black body, brown head. Aroma of sour fruits and coffee with a reasonable alcohol presence. Very heavy alcohol taste with some dark fruityness, coffee and some sourness. Interesting beer but a bit too strong for my taste.
Mad_Ferret (715) - SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black (clear red) with a short and thick, but short-lived, brown head that didn’t lace too much.
Aroma is roasted and sweet boozy with licorice, cold coffee with lots of sugar, caramel, berries, sauna, some vanilla.
Taste is very sweet with a big boozy warmth. Cold coffee with loads of sugar, dark chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, vanilla. Yes Per, it’s quite port like.
Medium to bigger body with very smooth carbonation.
Its very tasty but way too sweet for me.
dnas2 (705) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Bottled). Slight red tinge, otherwise black. Poured with no head. In the nose there’s lots of strong berries and sugars. Quite highly carbonated and rather thick. Quite a complex set of aromas in the mouth: raisins and blueberry, possibly some cheese too, also honey and marzipan later. Slightly ’silky’ mouthfeel. Well balanced. Lovely - and the strength certainly doesn’t come across.
HammerTroll (704) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Completely dark, small but brown head. Full bodied, thick texture and flat carbonation. Sweet nose, some alcohol and caramel. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, dark fruit, caramel, hops, herbs. You can taste the alcohol, but I would never say it has 18.2% ABV. Noticeable but well hidden for that big amount. Long sweet finish. Maybe a little bit too sweet for my taste, but still, great beer. (Magic Beer Room 0,33l bottle)
neongolden (704) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(330ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours pitch black with a small dark tan head that fades to a ring with a little lace. Aroma has a sweet core of chocolate-dipped strawberry, molasses, there some roast but is fairly light and not overwhelming. A bit of oaky leather, a bit earthy, and slight char too. On the palate, quite sweet with a strong core of strawberry and raspberry and currants, with just a bit of a tart edge that might betray the cranberry. Dark malts too, a little chocolaty with a moderate but present burnt edge, an earthy tobacco leaf note. Gets a bit more bitter in the finish, mostly roast I think and a bit of hops. Slight floral character and more sweet red fruit/berries, ruby port style. Obviously lots of alcohol in the finish, matching the super high ABV. Aftertaste has booze heat, slightly tart berries, light burnt notes. Mouthfeel is quite oily and a touch syrupy lingering on the tongue, but not as thick as expected, very soft carb. Such a rich beer in most aspects that I kind of wish I was splitting the bottle, but it is quite sippable and not overly aggressive. Quite like a port meets a stout, which I wasn’t really expecting. Did not get much oak, but am not too bothered!