Benzai (8752) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home, bought at De Molen. Unclear pitch black color. The big thick light brown head consists out of very small bubbles leaving a very nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is very roasty, coffee, caramel, lightly hints of smoke and wood. Taste roasted malts, coffee, earth, dark chocolate, a hint of vanilla sneaking through. Soft carbonation, creamy / oily texture, full body.
SimplySike (947) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2013 2013-06-06
Pours black with tan head.
Aroma booze, roasted malts, chocolate, some wood, cognac, sugar
Taste bitter chocolate, thick sweet, cognac.
Mouthfeel oily, sticky.
Awesome beer, complex.
Aroma: chocolate, woody
Appearance: black, creme like head
Taste: Bitter Sweet both heavy
Palate: full body, creamy, bitter long finish
Overall: Really great beer. Full complex taste. Choclate, cognac.
bogus (97) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at borefts 2011. Black with a small coffe-coloured head. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Flavour: chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, cognac hints. Very very nice beer.
Baran (5) - BELGIUM - JAN 4, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black with a tan head.
Lots of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate
Tastes like it smells, lots of coffee, roasted malts, a nice bitterness.
Really big beer. Just glorious.
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - DEC 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
great beer, tons of vanilla, caramel and chocolate show up over a solid rosty background. typical h&v body and mouthfeel, top notch. a very fantastic beer.
Koelschtrinker (10962) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Intensiv cremiger Malzantrunk mit hoher Süße, Kaffee. Intensiv, harmonisch, wie bei vielen starken De Molen Bieren tief malzif und harmonisch bis ins Detail. /13/12/13//13
ads135 (3071) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark as night pour. Thick head. Tastes of licorice, chocolate, and a touch of vanilla. Tried at BBF, 2011.
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 563 of 666. Undoubtedly, the best balanced and visually stunning with a thin and whispy latte head. Aroma of molasses, dark chocolate, oak, char, vanilla, and raisin. Even a little rauch quality. Rich fudge, brownie, and pure vanilla extract in addition to cognac, brown sugar, and wood. Chewy mouthfeel. Really good.
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nip bottle, #348. Poured deep brown, but not nearly black, with a short-lived yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up burnt black patent, dark chocolate, and what I suppose Blake would say creosote maltage, with rich, deep vinous and black peppery accents.. warm with a lovely deep vein of sweetness.. I love the underlying brew, and the cognac treatment did nothing but help. The flavor opened with warm, syrupy chocolate and black patent maltage again, accented by vanilla, deep vinous notes, black pepper, and a touch of clove.. dry and oaky with some malty tartness on the finish.. excellent! Heavier-bodied and syrupy on the palate with lower carbonation.. warm, but never too hot.. balance was near-perfect. This was a fantastic brew!
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small bottle shared by Kan. Thanks! Pours a pitchblack opaque pour, thick with legs, showing some brown ruby edges that show some light. A small frothy brownish head dies to tiny ring, no lacing, just legs. Aromas are rich coffee and mocha, lots of rich flavors showing some oak, gentle whiskey, coconut and vanilla. Rich mocha, roast and sweeter malts beneath. Touches of spirit, some rich roast, coffee, and dark fruit dances in with oak. Initial is fuller bodied, offering toasty malts and roast, mocha and coffee. Espresso, cocoa, and some vanilla dancing into oak, gentle coconut essence, some dark fruit plum, black cherry. Moving back into oak, some spirit heat lingers into the backend. Leaving a healthy roast, toast, and deep dark malt presence. Cocoa, roast, mocha, espresso, vanilla into the finish becomes more visible. Really nice lingering flavors, a full but not overbearing body and flavor. Lingering elements dance in a complex series, jabbing in and out. Finish leaves lingering roast, toast, cocoa, coffee, gentle oak feels. Top notch beer, leaving more base than the Wild Turkey and less barrel.. Though the barrel has it’s own gentle touch. Very nice..