oh6gdx (18576) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (from AbM). Deep brown colour, small brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, some liquorice, ashes and caramel with some some floral notes as well. Flavour is liquorice, roasted malts, chocolate, ashes and some mild floral and fruity notes.
VastActiv (805) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 0.33l at home (via alesbymail). Colour is black with medium brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Smoke, grain, chocolate, sweetness, hops and roasted malts.
olio (4080) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours pitch black color with a huge, frothy beige head. Aroma has some dark berries, smoke notes, roasted malts, faint hops and chocolate. Velvety and creamy palate with lots of roasted malts, nice salty licorice and salmiac notes, dark milky chocolate and vanilla on the flavor, subtle dark berry notes and burnt cocoa on the background. Surprisingly complex and yet quite balanced brew. Very nice.
Habanero (1671) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a large, beige head, leaving a fair lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate, lemon zest, a hint of smoke and piney notes. Sweet flavor that ends up dry and slightly bitter. Medium to full bodied, oily to creamy texture and soft CO2. A delicious porter. ★★★★
jackl (2587) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split w/ a friend. The pourís deep brown with a slight tan head. The aromaís ash, leather, some fruit by the foot, charcoal, woody pacific hops. The taste is inky bitterness, roasted malts, a bit of resin and lemon peel. Hints of forest fire. Medium body, aggressive, full flavors. Overall, a very solid effort!
shoulderbroken (1144) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at William IV. Dark brown/black colour, gold creamy head. Aroma is subtle smoky, bit creamy, some vanilla, milk chocolate, really nice. Taste is more creamy, very nice, fudge almost. Touch of spice but subtle. Nice sweetness. Havenít had a beer like this. Very smooth. Really nice.
sheep (93) - FINLAND - JAN 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle, best before date is blurred, 01/04/20-something. Pours pitch black with a lasting sand-colored head. The nose is quite hop-forward. Fruity and piney hops, light caramel and some spicy rye. Taste follows with resinous, piney hops on the forefront. Some roasty malt in the background. Slightest hint of smoke in the bitter finish. Palate is sparkly and a bit light with medium carbonation. A little all over the place but still enjoyable.
BenH (1335) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a huge beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, spicy, chocolate, slightly resinous. Taste of slightly smokey chocolate, rich roastiness, dark fruits. Full bodied with a dry slightly bitter finish. Very nice
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at William IV (Magic Rock takeover) 10/12/12.
Mid black, mahooosive frothy tan head.
Nose is roast malt, light chocolate, touch of minerals, rye evident.
Taste follows, roast malt backbone, dark sugars, touch of hops and pine, subtle smokiness, light soap.
Medium bodied, light spritzy carbonation - a bit overcooked in this department for my liking, roast finish.
johndoughty (3286) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a medium head.Bitter and quite sharp with a powerful body. A tad too bitter for my palate but still very drinkable.