kermis (5090) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at CBC 2013. Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, molasses, roasted malt and caramel. Flavor is heavy sweet and light bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation.
kryon (1376) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours d w l b head
Aromas of dark chocolate, alcohol,
Nice creamy full bodied taste of dark malts, chocolate hints of coffee. Dades figs as well
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Ktwse (2002) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with low dark tan oily head. Aroma of raisins, muscovado, corinthians, figs and dates, sweet ad hell. Taste is sweet and port-like, well controlled and lightly boozy. Body is full and creamy with flat carbonation.
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dmac (4016) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle via trade. Poured an oily pitch black body with a smaller cocoa brown head. Aroma is vert similar to World Wide Stout, dark cherries, sweet dark chocolate, barrel, dank wood, raisin and fig, dates, hint of dark rum, sugary....not loving the aroma. Flavor is way better then the aroma and more roasty and less sweet. Notes of honey, burnt toast, dark coffee, dark chocolate, dark cherries, spiced rum, dark fruits, burnt molasses, dark burnt raisins. Good stuff here.
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by badnewsbeers. Deep opaque brown/black body, thin ring of light brown carbonation. Big nose with rum pudding and lots of chocolate and coffee, with buttery oak, bourbon, and alcohol a tad later. Thick, inky body, big oak, with chocolate, coffee bean, and molasses; roasty and tannic, forward and a tad bitter. Rough syrupy finish with some soy. Very good.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours an opaque black color with a dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin film that some splotches of lace down the glass.
S: Lots of dark fruit flavors, mainly the raisin, with a little bit of rum sweetness. Some oak barrel with a little milk chocolate and roasted malts.
T: Same as the nose, but much more oak and it’s tough to pick out the rum flavors. Light bready malts mix with roasted malt notes. Slight spice.
M: Medium to heavy bodied. Lower carbonation than I would have liked.
O: I’m just not a fan of beers aged in rum barrels. I feel like it doesn’t pick up enough of the spirit flavors and the actually barrel itself takes over the flavor. Definitely solid, but nothing worth going out of your way for.
Serving type: bottle
bookman10 (642) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick, dark black, almost like used motor oil. Small, tannish-purple head. Complex aroma: there’s some fruit, some smoke, almost a touch of wood (cedar?). Flavor is very sweet, a bit on the boozy side, with some coffee, some chocolate, some dark fruit (prune? plum?), just a hint of the cinnamon, and the raisins detectable in the finish. Slightly oily on the tongue, with just a slight bitterness to the finish.
BBB63 (6045) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS snifter (and yes a bottle I did NOT get from Eric Starnes) : Pours basically opaque with a small creamy tan head, oily viscous legs and some lacework. The aroma has extremely heavy vapours of dark fruits (prune, plum , black cherry, fig) with luscious rum barrel character. What I like is I still get lots of the base beer character of milk chocolate, roast, char, tobacco, leather, tar and herbal hops. The taste is not quite the level of the nose with the heavy fruit, earthiness and barrel fighting off some oncoming sour’d twang. Sweet but never cloy, boozy but never over the top, woody but not tannic. Mikey Likey this a lot... Hopscotch why didn’t I get this from you ;-)
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
#2500. Bottle from Jason, thanks! Black with a tiny, fading brown top. Scent is wood, dark fruit and soy. Taste is dark chocolate, dark fruit, wood and rum. Very good!
Atom (1346) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by mattyb83, pours a very dark brown/black with an amber hue and a thin reddish tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, spicy booze, and roasted malts. Taste of chocolate, raisin, bitter coffee, tobaccoo, and rum. A nice Imperial Stout!