Travlr (20337) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 11, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from the brewery tap. Black, second darkest brown head I have ever seen. Aroma of grapes and chili peppers. Taste is thick, chewy chocolate and cocoa nibs, bacobits and ribs. Interesting and complex, lots of flavors going on.
fiulijn (18445) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 6, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Beershine
Black color; medium sized dark brown head. Light aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, cacao, light alcohol, very light vanilla. Thick and quite viscous mouthfeel; very strong chocolate flavor, lightly smokey, salty; light chili pepper too; tobacco; more liquorice in the end, with warming alcohol. Peculiar, very good, not easy, but bold.
Leighton (17802) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2013 Bottle at Chriso’s Pre-GBBF Shindig, 2012, London. Thanks to Ed - and Paul (if I recall correctly)! Pours deep brown-black with a thick, brown cream head. Aroma holds some lightly tangy dark malts, booze, heavy roast, some spice. Big sweet flavor, lots of dark malts, stinging alcohol, some dark fruits, raisins, tar, burnt wood. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish with dark baking cocoa, acidic coffee, booze, charred wood. It has a dry, vinous quality to it. It’s quite hot. Not overly sweet, which is nice. Very, very good. (4.2)
Bottle at The Stouts Tasting, London - thanks to Jack. Pours black-brown with a creamy, brown head. Rich dark malt nose, spices, dark chocolate. Big sweet flavor with oily chocolate, cinnamon and chili, dark char. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Hot finish with more oily, dark chocolate, light chili spice coconut, cinnamon, earthy bitterness, dark malts. Great stuff. (4.3)
rlgk (17152) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at CCB Day, Sätila 2012-07-07. Pitch black beer with a nice dark brown head. Mint aroma, chocolate, roasted, milky, cocoa, tar, dark chocolate, vanilla, nutty notes, some hops, soot, figs, raisins, dades. Mint and chocolate flavor, roasted, cocoa, figs, raisins, tar notes, full bodied, with hops balancing. Finish is mint, chocolate, cocoa, figs and milk notes.
harrisoni (16863) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chris’ Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia tasting. I’ve had this twice now, so thanks to both Puzzl and Ken for allowing me the chance to drink this. Oily coconut. Very decent, but lacks a lot of character. Decent, hides alcohol well. Smooth creamy dark choc and I did have quite a bit of this so I must have liked it, but still doesn’t hit the heights, plus I scored it 3.5 the first time and 3.6 this time so pretty consistant.
Rasmus40 (16743) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
CBC. Vintage 2012. Black with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla and alcohol. Flavor is is quite sweet and rather biter.Dry and rather bitter finish. Smooth. 030513
Koelschtrinker (16330) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Schokoladig malziger Antrunk mit an Weihnachten erinnernde Aromen. Leicht dunkel fruchtig, minimale Schärfe. Vollmundig, auch im Nachgeschmack weiterhin sehr malzig. 11/13/12/13/12/13
Theydon_Bois (16262) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Endo’s house, 25/05/13, thanks to Jason for securing this from the source.
Mid black with a big billowing dirty tan head - this looks the bollocks!
Nose is dark malt, chocolate, leather, demerara sugars, vanilla, pinch of spice.
Taste comprises chocolate, dark malt, vanilla, spice, hint of chilli pepper, sugars.
Full body, slightly viscous, smooth on the palate.
Great stuff, ticks all the impy boxes, alcohol kept in check and not overly sweet.
saxo (16189) - Hřjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample @ CBC 2012 version. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and hops. Nice and dry.
TBone (15714) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@CBC2013. Vintage 2013.
Opaque black color, small firm brown head. Tobacco, sweet cigar aroma, light black peppery notes. Full-bodied. Cocoa, pepper, cigar-tobacco, perhaps hints of vanilla. Very complex and enjoyable