ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Momar42 for the bottle! 12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a very dark red color. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with poor retention.
S: Iím sure a fresher bottle would provide a better hop profile, but in its current state, it offers light notes of citrus and herbal pine. The malt itself provides light chocolate, hazelnut, toffee, and roasted malt.
T: The hops are evident at the onset - and even in their faded state, still offer notes of grapefruit peel and evergreen. After a while the hops fade to reveal more of the dark, chocolaty malts. Like many robust porters, itís ultimately too acidic, especially near the finish. The hop profile picks back up after the midtaste. Not bad, but thereís something here holding back (maybe the catty Simcoe-esque tone on the aftertaste? Thatís what ruined Night Stalker for me) its potential.
M: It features a strangely chalky dryness to it - for some reason, it makes this very hard to drink. Or maybe thatís because of how heavy it feels. At least the carbonation fits its resiny, heavy texture.
O: Donít hate it, donít love it. Iím finding it hard to drink, if not completely unpalatable. These robust porters never fully work for me. Still, Iíd like to try this fresh - we canít look a gift horse in the mouth, can we?
FatPhil (12737) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 29, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap (TCBW2016) (6:3:6-:3:11=2.9-)
Dirty roast aroma, some messy herbal aspects to the hops. Taste also dirty. Roasty, but rough.
tarmok (1004) - Tartu, ESTONIA - APR 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap@tcbw16 almost black liquid with beige head.. aroma of caramel, roasted malts. tastes same, med sweet, med bitter, light sour. med body, astringent, long fin, av carb
Kauge (1273) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap sample at Tallinn Craft Beer Festival. Dark brown with persistent dark tan head. Sweetish roasty aroma, very pleasant, chocolate-cocoa, black rye bread and red berries, brandy and vanillaish notes even. Strong bitterness, but just enough to make all the rest livelier. Somewhat ashy dry. Excellent brew.
Marduk (5345) - Reval, ESTONIA - APR 11, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @TCBW 2016. Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Alcohol, dark chocolate, coffee, roast, sweet and woody in aroma. Dark chocolate, raisins, coffee, roast, woody and sweet in taste. Nice roasted chocolate malts in aftertaste. Drink is bit too cold at first, but as it warms up itís getting even more tastier. Excellent brew. More!
Rask0lnikov (435) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 10, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at TCBW 2016. Dark browne, almost black colour. Slight layer of beige froth on top. Very refreshing and fruity aroma - hints of apricots, citrusses and other tropical fruits. Juicy, apricoty and fruity beginning. Hints of coffee in the middle. Maltiness. Some caramel and slight sweetness in the end. Hoppes in the aftertaste. Slightly citrussy.
VastActiv (5000) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 7, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Tallinn Craft Beer Weeken 2016, Tallinn. Colour is black with small brownish head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, citrus, coffee, some chocolate, dryness and malts.
Arve_Christian (4551) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 7, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at TCBW 2016. Pitch black color, good foam. High aroma intensity, hops, leather, slight red berries, some roastiness and vanilla. Medium/full body and complexity. Good bitterness and balance. Very enjoyable
martjoobolut (2527) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at TCBW. Aroma is malt, roast, sweetness, slight vanilla. Flavor is sweet and bitter, roast, malt, coffee. Finish is roast bitter. Overall: very good.
c0fein (471) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ TCBW 16
Black colour, cold coffee, sweetness, expected better, okay.
Unde (767) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
@TCBW Dark brown colour with small head going to the sides of the glass. Aroma has roasted malts, espresso coffee, grass and pines hops. Taste has lots of roasted malts but still really strong hop flavours. Almost like Black IPA. Dark chocolate blends in with the grassy hops quite nicely. Full body and medium carbonation.