omhper (19225) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Opaque very dark brown, no head. Chocolatey and richly malty Notes of port and salty licorice. Soft and medium sweet with balanced bitter finish. An excellent smooth warming stout.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown opaque beer. No head.
Chocolate, madeira, molasses aroma.
Chocolaty flavor with big bitterness and sweet finish.
leaparsons (7988) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate and sweet black coffee notes as expected. Sweet and sour with a long bitter finish on the palate. A good example of the style.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Classy. Deep brown, almost black. Slightly vinous nose, a little bit smoky/roasty. Medium bodied, but shows a good length of flavour. Palate is smoky/roasty and dry, with some slight acidity and bitterness in the finish. Subtle hint of grapes, and i will agree that there is a slight chalkyness. Some aniseed in there aswell. Really well balanced. This IS really classy.
harrisoni (13278) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Reading Beer Festival. Black in colour, malty, coffee nose. Bit thin in mouth, but oily coating of the gums. Really good coffee malts on the aftertaste. Oily dry finish
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Deep red brown, almost black. Good beige head and moderate condition. Raisin, roast barley and woody port aromas followed by some caramel and hops. Full bodied and chewy dark malts in the mouth with a hoppiness developing along with a lingering fruitiness. Aftertaste is a little syrupy and chalky.
NEBS (7) - Sunderland, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at High Force Hotel. A very, dark - almost black ale. Very heavy and obviously designed for cold winter nights up in teesdale. Rich dark malts give this old ale a smokey liquorice flavour that is well balanced with the deceptively strong alcohol.
imdownthepub (10019) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned at Harbury Beer Fest ’07. Dark brown, ruby with bubbly white head. Deep roasted flavours of coffee husk and chocolate malt in a sweetish and winey base. Sticky and full flavoured with a late alcohol kick. Nicely set up Ale.
Svesse (6044) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 29 Sep 2007) Black colour with ruby notes, brief brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of black coffee, some smoke and tar. Roasted, malty taste with coffee, liquorice and hints of smoke. Lots of taste, medium body, smooth mouthfeel. Very nice beer leaning in the stout direction.
oh6gdx (20247) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@SBWF2007. Very dark reddish brown murky colour, small brown head. Aroma is leathery, roasted malts and some slight earthy notes. Flavour is winous, a bit roasted and some coffeeish notes. Some slight spicyness also noteable once it warms up a bit.