EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Oddbins. Pours dark brown with beige head that quickly dissipates. Roasted malt predominates in the nose but reveals nice hop characteristics (Saaz) on closer inspection. The initial hit is of roast malts eventually being balanced by a hint of sweetness. Long hoppy finish. Despite its appearance and the use of stout-type malts the end result is surprisingly light. Fantastic stuff and, if you can find it, the cask version is even better.
SHIG (3868) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a black color with a thin light brown head. Aroma is thick coffee bean and roasted malts. Taste is coffee thick black with a bitter finish that keeps the tongue lively.
iammarc (385) - Inverness, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 50cl, Oddbins. Dark dark dark appearance. Thin lacing - short lasting head. Sweetish aroma. Roasted taste, a bit nutty. A little chocolaty. Would have preferred it to be stronger to give it a bit of more character, but nonetheless a good decent beer.
mjs (5112) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 12, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Draught on 2008-08-08) Deep dark brown. Clear. Tan-coloured medium-sized head. Malts and metallic aromas in nosw. Medium-bodied dry palate with lot of carbonation. Malts, bitterness, roasty flavours and sweetness. Harsh and bitter aftertaste.
as (168) - Belgrade / Hamburg, - AUG 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,5 l bottle. Reddish black colored. Very big, nice and foamy head. Very easy going, smooth Dunkel, with the usual set of aromas included : nuts, roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel. Bitter aftertaste. Like the others have said, a bit boring but then again quite good dark beer.
gunnfryd (12067) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 3, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Red dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malt, caramel. Flavour is sweet, roasted, coffe, caramel. A little bit boring beer.
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - AUG 2, 2008
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle green, 500 ml
Appearance: Pours reddish, dark, deep and perfectly clear body texture, carbonation of the body is rather mild, head is off white, cappuccino like in colour, there is decent lacing, head is frothy in texture, initially medium, slowly decreasing to small but still lasting as a small beige - brown cloud on the body surface.
Aroma: Very mild and gentle aroma of dark slightly toasted malt notes of chockolate, caramel, coffee, nice dark character, cappuccino, a note of Plzen malty touch at the background manifesting itself in grainy accents.
Flavour: Very pleasant roasted barley grains, strong bitterness binding your tongue of hoppy origin is that what creates an adventurous experience of dark chockolate and cacao. Very clean, focused and well rounded ingredients. When it comes to maltyness: Plzen malt, Munich malt, caramel malt, burned, roasted malt is balanced with herbal hoppy nose of Saaz hops. Some minerality. Finish duration is long. Very nice coffee and dark chockolate finish with gentle warmth on palate. Alcohol is perfectly hidden.
Palate: Body is light to medium, texture is wattery to dry, finish feel is chalky, medium astringent with nice herbal Saaz hoppy and a bit smoked nose and long bitterness on palate, no alcohol in taste but slight warmth is felt on palate, great brewmaster job.
yngwie (14904) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. A clear, dark brown beer with a beige head. Slightly oxidizied aroma with a little touch of smoke. Sure on the malty side, could use a little more balance, but quite good. The flavor is on the other hand a bit boring, roasted and malty, lacking on the hops and bitterness. Coffee-like finish. Medium body with a decent carbonation level. Except for the "dark" part, the beer is quite boring. Easy to drink though. (080620)
Finn (4681) - Tromsř, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0,5l. Dark ruby red colored - almost black. A large creamy tanned head. Pleasant aroma of nuts and malt. Modest flavor of biscuit and malt - like bread. An evolving nutty and fruity dry aftertaste with hints of coffee and chocolate. Refreshing and quite good. KI=6.
punainen6 (93) - FINLAND - JUL 22, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Big brown head with roasted malts and chocolate. Easy to drink and not too sweet to have a few in one sitting. Carbonation is light and taste is yet one-dimensional but good.