ClubGonzo (4025) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, shared with BBGTC. Oily black body, small off-white head. Aroma is licorice, piney tones of grass and dark malts. Hints of salmiac, milk chocolate and heather flowers. Wonderful. Taste is licorice, leather, cocoa, pine, grass and hints of dark chocolate and deep malts. Very nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. This one is almost up there with it’s "brother" Either, but lacks the little X-factor (the cedar, which is not as present?) to take it all the way to the Olympian heights. Close, though. :-)
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 fl. oz bottle, kindly shared by GrOve. Jet black. Low tanned head. Resinous and citrus fruity hop aroma. Tarry, wooden and heavily roasted malt aroma. Big malt body. Well roasted, lots of coffee/cocoa. Tones of ash/smoke. Nice fruity hop flavor. Bold resiny bitterness. Thick in the mouth. Linger bitterness and well roasted malts in a lasting finish. Very tasty, very powerfull.
oh6gdx (20333) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@Craft Beer Co, London, during my July-August visit. Black colour, brown mediumsized head that leaves some lace. Aroma is spices, some honeylike sweetness, mild liquorice as well as some slight berrylike notes. Flavour is rather similar with mild coffee and chocolate as well. Long honeyish sweet dark malty finish. This one was really pleasant.
maneliquor (3110) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 Bottle opened at Mane Liquor. Big thanks to Jason for this. Poured viscous black with a very dense, semi-dark tan head. Head hung around for ages and left some nice spider legs down the glass. Nose is full of molasses and whiskey undertones at the forefront. As it warms, loads of mocha tones and piney hops come out with a touch of semi-sweet honey. The taste is liquorice and powdered cocoa to begin with. Nice, subtle touches of whiskey with a touch of warmth from the alcohol. Cocoa powder is very prominant and the hops linger for a fantastic amount of time. Heavy and almost milky in the mouth. Not much heat at all considering the abv, just a slight warmth at the back of the throat which is perfect. Fantastic beer and one of my favourite black ipa’s to date
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Entering old rates. 12oz bottle. Couleur brune foncée, col beige. Quasi la même version que la ‘Either’. L’ajout de malt pils donne un profile plus sec et amer qui ressort plus que dans l’autre version. Le profile malté grillé reste bien présent avec un chocolat assez épais et un alcool réchauffant. Houblon est toujours bien en balance avec des notes fruitées ; agrumes et pamplemousse et peut être un peu plus sec. Encore une fois, le prix est me semble-t-il excessif. Reste une bière solide, mais qui est un peu trop alcoolisée. Les deux sont bonnes avec assez de différence pour en justifier de les gouter ensemble. Là aussi, le miel se fait discret et se perd un peu dans un océan d’alcool et de houblon. Le cèdre confère toujours cette pointe d’épice boisée assez agréable et qui se combine bien avec le houblon. Au final, cette version semble mettre les houblons plus à l’honneur.
garthicus (2670) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 13, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: Thick black body, thick brown head. Aroma: good spicy nose, blackcurrant, alcohol, malt, chocolate, mint and an almost cranberry. Flavour: Thick mouthfeel, malty, cranberry, mint, lots of chocolate and coffee. Lovely long malty chocolate
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HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle shared by blankboy with me and garthicus. Fairly deep ruby with a large lasting tan/light brown frothy/creamy head. Decent roasty and dry aroma, slightly lactic, dry floral bitterness, not much alcohol. Taste - a bit more alcohol, raisin, slightly oaky, weak treacle, quite herbal, but low-level. Slick, light mouthfeel, a bit astringent, modest carbonation, quickish slighlty boozy finish --- dry; actually pretty solid.
pushkinwow (2014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Black with a brown head that disappears very quickly, much thinner then its "either" cousin. Somewhat sweet malt, bit of smoke, pine resin and anise, bit of coffee and molasses as well. Fairly full bodied, moderately low carbonation, prickly from the booze, thick and somewhat tar like, sweet yet hot, even keeled throughout, stays very sweey, becomes dry with some smoke and pine at the end.
peteinSD (1377) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a frothy tan head and solid lacing down the glass. Aroma is pine, sweet malt, and a fragrant spice I cannot quite pin down. Smooth feel in the mouth with pine, caramel, slight roast, a bit of wood character, and some lingering bitterness. I preferred the overt cedar character of the "either" beer but this is still a very nice beer.
KnutAlbert (6100) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
More piney than the Either, nice coffee bitterness. There is a pineapple sweetness creeping in here, too, which acutally works quite well.