rlgk (11532) - Göteborg, - FEB 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. Pitch black beer with a beautiful lasting beige/brownish head. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, prunes, licorice, vanilla notes, earthy notes, caramel, salmiak, citrus notes, espresso, cocoa powder. Cocoa flavor, roasted, mint pastilles, creamy, salmiak, citrus, chocolate, licorice, some vanilla. Fullbodied and with a quite mild chocolate finish, bringing prunes, vanilla and cocoa powder.
SarkyNorthener (2397) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 4 of my Buxton mini tasting night. Christmas present Thanks to s_hartshorne for this big want. Black beer with large tan head and good lacing. Aroma of cocoa, dark fruits and roast coffee. Taste is bitter coffee, roasted malts, smoke, dark fruits and some chocolate. Medium bodied. Excellent beer, solid.
beleggor (81) - Wrocław, POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Black, with huge brown lead, that stays for a long time. Amazing, how thgis beer looks in the glass.
Aroma: some hoppy notes - herbal, grass, pine, citrus - and after that there is a lot of dark chocolate and coffee.
Taste: absolutely fantastic mixture of dark chocolate, roasted coffee and nice dark fruits. After this there is very pleasent, long bitterness. Oily texture.
Additional notes: If only it was a little bit much more intensive, it would be a perfect RIS, but is it absolutely wonderful!
rouhlas (339) - GREECE - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle at the Local Pub, Athens. Black color with big beige brown frothy head. Aroma is roasted malty, coffee, light chocolate, very hoppy, pine, grassy, floral notes. Sweet and bitter like the aroma, lot of hoppy bitterness. Medium oily body with soft carbonation and bitter hoppy finish. It’s like a black IPA.
fugitive (1409) - Athens, GREECE - DEC 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Color dark brown with huge brown head. Aroma malt, raosted, chocolate, hoppy, coffee. Taste sweet, chocolate, coffee, hoppy.
s_hartshorne (1774) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle tall boys beer market Leeds. Black good mocha head. Aroma is lots of coffee dark choc red fruits taste same great dark malt roastiness some smoke pine good long hoppy bitter finish. Nice oily mouthfeel. Very good well rounded.
solidfunk (4493) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great stuff. Thick dark pour with great head and carpet lacing. Lots of roast and chocolate and well-balanced overall. Bitter finish. Pungent roast - gets into your sinuses. Creamy texture. Wonderful. Tap at Churchkey.
Travlr (13458) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Birch & Barley courtesy of solidfunk, thank you. Dark brown color, thin tan head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee. Taste has espresso and smooth milk chocolate. Nice.
kokos666 (10) - Gliwice, POLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Butelka 0,33. Piana na poczatku spora szybko opada i ladnie oblepia szklo. Aromat ciemne slody, kawa wisnia i czekolada pomieszane z angielskim chmielem ( fuggles?) i alkoholem. W smaku dosyc wytrawne nie ulozone palonosc alko+ chmiel. Pilem dosyc swieze butelkowane 3 miesiace temu zdecydowanie powinno polezec. Druga butelka laduje w piwnicy.
nimbleprop (5212) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle I picked up a while back pours a translucent, nearly opaque black with brown edges and a ringing of beige head. Nose has a mix of roasted malt and molasses along with with lots of dark and dried fruit, prunes, raisins, mission figs, licorice too, a little bit of rubber, some booze too. Flavor has some candlewax, molasses, very heavy licorice, prunes, raisins, cherry cola, chocolate. Full bodied, sweet finish. A bit of roasty bitterness on the end.
BrewGoblin (465) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The first words out of my mouth were "Ooooohhhh...richness!" so that sums it up. Opaque, dense and unfathomably onyx with an almost impossibly creamy dark-tan head. Potent notes of licorice, chocolate, oak, smoke, leather, burnt toffee and booze. Taste, quite luckily for me, is the same. The body is nice and thick and oily, could be a tad chewier for me though. This is a very complex beer with a dry, bitter finish that leaves lingering notes of smoke, licorice and booze. Not for the faint of heart!