kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a quite foreboding pitch black body with a one finger frothy dark brown head that retained as a thin covering. The nose pretty damn thick and intense with loads of roasted malt, heavy chocolate, some charred wood, noticeable alcohol, cocoa powder, and even some dark fruit notes. Not sure it’s an amazing collection of components, but it sure is intense. The flavor is equally intense and big. Lots of heavily roasted malt, moderate sweetness (which is pretty surprising, thought it would be super sweet), noticeable alcohol, and some nice coffee notes. Not as hot as I was expecting either for 13% abv. The mouthfeel is among the thickest and chewiest that I have ever encountered. It’s almost as thick as a milkshake. Nice light and soft carbonation enhances the thickness. Pretty decent, not something I’d drink with regularity, but an enjoyable experience for one time.
MotherBrother (728) - Aalborg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Been wanting to try this SOB for quite some time now.
Pour almost pitch black, with a huge frothy light tan head. Aroma is packed with coffee (Even after these couple of years (2010 vintage)), slight bitter chocolate, dark fruits, slight earth and leather? Vanilla, toffee, roasted malts. The taste is rather sweet upfront, with a nice dose of bitterness towards the finish. Semi-full bodied with an semi-oily texture and a semi-flat carbonation. A huge thanks to my man Jeff for tracking down this bad boy to me!!!
olio (6273) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20090808.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head. Aroma of licorice, dark roasted malts, chocolate and dark ripe fruits. Flavor of ash dry chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, licorice and mild salmiac. Very good.
Tmoney99 (10804) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy complex toasted dark chocolate flavor with a medium to heavy toasted sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good (not great) complex brew.
alexsdad06 (5554) - Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Pours black with a large foamy tan head. The foam actually started to come out as soon as I opened the cap which had me nervous. There were also large clumps of yeast that came out with the pour. The aroma had some roasted malt, dark chocolate and sweet Belgian character that was expected, but included a big sour/wild and vinous character that supported the earlier observations that this had some infection issues. The initial taste had some infection issues, but subsequent tastes and warming offered more of what I would have expected with this beer. Roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, wood with tart fruits and vinous notes. This was not as good as I expected, but tasted better than my early observations would have predicted.
Huhzubendah (2615) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!
The beer is black with a tan head that leaves a nice coat of lacing on the snifter. The aroma is quite nice, with heavy roast, coffee, espresso beans, and chocolate. The flavor is very tasty, though not quite at the level of the aroma. The finish brings some bitterness and charred malt. Overall, a very good beer. I would definitely have it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-23-2011
deanso (5461) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle shared with Kermis from my beer cellar. 2 or 3 years old.
Thick tan head. Clear dark pour. Lots of chocolate. A great beer
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A slightly chaotic big mean black beer that is surprisingly easy to drink
How: Bottle 330ml. 2010 vintage (13% abv). Consumed when over 1 year of age
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head that quickly dissipates to persisten very small tan head
In long: Nose is roasted, a bag of coffee beans, burnt wood,
Taste is surprisingly smooth, roasted woody maltiness, good coffee beans presence, mild tickling spiciness, liquorice, some soy sauce, the sweet creamy stuff in the middle of chocolate sandwich cookies, blackberries, black liquorice, more... There is lots of sweetness here but somehow there is enough hops to partially clean off the finish, I wouldn’t call it a well balanced beer but it sure isn’t just a sweet bomb. Alcohol is very well hidden but there is of course a little warmth, it is a 13% beer after all. Body doesn’t feel heavy at all and the carbonation is very lively, that helps to make this monster 13% beer too easy to drink. Not bad at all for a 13% monster, but this is definitely a step down from the excellent and simpler Black Albert. To me it felt like the beer was trying to throw too much stuff at once at my taste buds, entertaining but lacked focus a bit. And you know that if you stand in front of the mirror and scream out loud “Black Damnation” exactly 666 times, you can make appear concerned family members and health professionals.
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A deep dark stout with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, herbaceous and complex bitter chocolate, celery salts, and light alcohol warmth. In mouth, a dark bitter chocolate, dark roasted coffee, intense and kick ass, burned molasses, warming alcohol. Tasted with GRM on August 28, 2012. Merci Sylvain.
Theydon_Bois (9089) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home, thanks to Wim for an IP trade, 08/07/12.
Pours inky black with a dirty mocha brown head.
Roasted malt nose backed up by chocolate, mocha, licquorice and brown sugar.
Taste as nose with a little oaky wood and very subtle smoke and spice.
Medium to full body with great carbonation.
Very well made and balanced RIS - top notch!