WhoU (120) - Cape Town, - JAN 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 550 ml. Missing something in the middle aftor the initial savoury taste. Sting in the end. redbrown colours as previously mentioned. Not bad but not good. The search continues :)
jmgreenuk (4990) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of Kermis. Poured a hazy medium brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is light malt, caramel. The flavour is moderate bitter with a creamy malt, red berry fruit palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
kermis (5752) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, raisin, brown sugar and light fudge. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis.
Thin creamy tan head. Clear deep amber pour. Doesn’t taste much like a porter.
Wim (2882) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
on holiday in cape town 550 ml bottle of dark brown colored body with a creamy off white head and with a fruity sweet malt chocolat aroma a fruity sweet little chocolate malt bitter taste with a bitter finish
DesertDevil (555) - Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
550-ml bottle. The nose resembles that of a barley wine/brown ale with heavy date sugar, old toffee, semi-oxidized caramel malt, a hint of nutmeg and a slight nuttiness to finish. Pours nothing like the "blacker than black" description in the label; it looks like a standard brown ale with a clear caramel brown pour and no head. The taste is quite sweet with hazelnuts, mild brown sugar, roasted dates, and a hint of stale peanut butter. Middle of the road palate, with a slightly slick mouthfeel. It’s much closer in style to a brown ale than a porter. It wasn’t terribly good, but I don’t consider as horrible as some of these recent ratings.
Beezzting (21) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 11, 2014
2.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from liquor city. No excitement here. Slight liquorish, nut and oak flavours....
capetownbrew (19) - SOUTH AFRICA - APR 12, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
550ml bottle, 5% ABV. Pours dark with an off white head that fades. Medicinal flavours that make it a tough drink.
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 30, 2014
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
500ml bottle. Red-brown colour with a thin head that did not last. Surprisingly watery, without any of the rich body or toastiness expected for a black beer. Disappointing.
egg (100) - USA - NOV 11, 2013
1.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle on 11/10/13 from Loco Liquor. Pours a dark brown, not quite black. Small quickly dissipating head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is lacking, almost that of a pale lager, metallic. Taste is pleasant at first then gets a bit sour, metallic. Not much in the way of roasted flavors you might expect from a black ale. Might not be able to tell this from a Black Label outside of the sourness. Seems a lot of the darker beers I’ve had from South Africa are plagued by this sourness. Body is very thin. As I continue drinking the metallic taste becomes more prominent. All in all not very good.
aleksander9 (533) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 Black appearance with brown head. Aroma is light hops, roasted and some citrus. Aftertaste is floral with some sourness. Overall: boring. Very bland. No personality.