Travlr (12951) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear maroon color, thick beige head with good retention. Aroma of cocoa, licorice, burnt brownies. Taste is Italian espresso and chocolate soda. Very nice.
Leighton (11612) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bruce’s - London. Many thanks to Bruce! Pours oily black with a thick, frothy mocha head. Lots of ashy roast in the nose, some espresso, dark chocolate. Medium to big sweet flavor, some burnt cocoa, burnt marshmallows, dark wood, good roast, raisins and other dark fruits, mild burnt earth bitterness. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Fairly warming to finish, lots of rich dark chocolate, some chocolate cake, modest earth, some ash, dark bread, figs and raisins. Really nice. Well balanced, deep, quite drinkable.
rlgk (11344) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Bottle at Mikkeller & Friends, Copenhagen. Bottle no 330. Pitch black beer with a small beige head. Malty peat aroma, whisky, caramel, figs, raisins, dark chocolate, hay, licorice, vanilla, roasted, plums, soot, some cocoa powder. Roasted chocolate flavor, whiskey, woody, plums, raisins, peat, vanilla, hay, caramel, prunes, tar, licorice, cocoa powder, warming alcohol, some raisins. Roasted finish with whiskey, wood, raisins and alcohol. Yes, I have had better 666-versions. Yes, this beer will improve with time. But still its a great beer.
New rating, on tap at Mikkeller Bar in december 2013. Same flavors, but more mature. This beer has gained on being on keg for 8-10 months.
thewolf (11206) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, bought @ Mikkeller Bar, Cph. Pours deep clear dark red to black with a small, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has coffee, cocoa, toffee, light vinious, some raisins. Mild dusty. Medium to low carbonation, fine dry and very creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of coffee, cocoa nibs, vinious, roasted malts. Light dusty and dry. The alcohol does take over a bit.
gunnfryd (11037) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is alcohol, coffee, licorice, roasted malt. Flavour is alcohol, coffee, licorice, roasted malt, sugar. Very nice world class beer.
bierkoning (10484) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #94. Almost black, opague. Chocolate, oak ad whisky in the aroma. Full bodied. Thick mouthfeel. Initial dried fruit, plums and chocolate overpowered by streams of whisky. Hints of licorice and oak. vanilla. Layers of flavors and aroma with a whisky varnish. I love it!
Theydon_Bois (9613) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bruce’s pad, cheers to our host, 31/07/13. #0079.
Very dark mahogony brown with a medium sized tan head.
Nose is chocolate, big roast malt blast, earthy, dark toffee.
Taste comprises earthy cocoa beans, roast malts, sugars, dark treacle, leather, ash, light booze.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming alcohol in the finale.
Benzai (8745) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to and @ dEnk. Opaque pitch black color, full sized dense light brown head. Smell and taste malts, roasted malts, coffee, some hops. Taste malts, roasted malts, coffee, bitter, slightly hops, alcohol. Full body, perfect carbonation. Great beer.
GT2 (8671) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
> An umami/salt/smoke and fresh orange version of our beloved H&V behemoth
[ Bottle ][ bytemesis ][ 330mL ][ Pizza Boy Snifter ][ Trade ][ 1/31/14 ]
>> Pours deep sepia with lower coffee foam. Nose totally insane- rich fudge, vanilla ice cream, sweet smoke, powerful black miso umami, black rock salt. Taste is a bit ashy with decent lemon, finishing true with bitter chocolate, moderate smoke, salt, miso. Palate gets richer, silkier as it warms with bright orange dark chocolate. Fantastic version of this classic.
Scopey (7180) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce - cheers! It pours near black with a small light tan head. The nose is earth, roasty, toast, milk chocolate, vanilla, toasted coconut, rocky road, fudge and treacle. The taste is rich-roasted malt, coffee, toast, earth, light spice, bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, warming, cola, burnt caramel and dark fruit with a dry, roasty finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good depth of flavour. Nice balance and rather drinkable.