rlgk (14381) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen. Pitch black beer with a beige head. Malty roasted aroma, vinous, woody, raisins, figs, hops, ash, chocolate, licorice, cocoa powder, tar, berries, dry woody, caramel, soot, very nice malty notes bringing biscuits, bread, red wine, acidic, grapes, some dades, some alcohol. Malty woody flavor, roasted of course, caramel, ash, soot, dry hoppy, floral, licorice, notes from berries and grapes, tar, pine, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, toast, fruity notes, figs, raisins, red wine. Roasted vinous finish with caramel, raisins, licorice, chocolate. Oh yes!
Vignale (2576) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 12, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
En riktigt kraftig IS. Väldigt aromatisk, massor av mörka bär, mest svart vinbär, en bouquet som ett bärigt, rökigt och kraftigt rött vin. Kropppen är massiv, kärv, men ändå len. Massor av syrlig mörk choklad, fruktig espresso och kraftigt portvin.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
In short: A very juicy and very fruity big black beer. Decent sipper
How: Bottle (small, 180ml?) at Cardinal, Stavanger Norway
The look: Black body topped by a few big beige bubbles acting as a head
In long: The big malty nose is full of sweet roasted cereals, burnt raisins and some alcohol fumes bordering nail polish remover. Taste is a crusty raisin pie, juicy sweet prunes, roasted cookies, vanilla, blackcurrants, fresh dates, light notes of soy sauce, alcohol warmth. Overall very juicy-fruity and the ultra-soft carbonation made it feel even more like a thick juicy-fruity cocktail in mouth. I can’t say I tasted Bordeaux wine in this beer or even wood barrels, the beer was very fruity for sure but I wouldn’t call it vinous. Not my favorite Hel & Verdoemenis treatment, this was just an ok beer and it is probably a good thing it is sold in such small bottles. Certainly not worth the price I paid for this tiny bottle, sad to see this is a sought-after beer, and you know what’s worst than seeing someone buying an overpriced small beer bottle? Being that person.
MotherBrother (817) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh boy, this takes me back to when I started getting into craft beer. Pour almost pitch black, with a small and creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, wood, some barrel notes, vanilla, slight leather, slight booze. The taste is sweet upfront, with a semi-long, slightly dry and nicely bitter aftertaste. Quite watery and oily (does that make any sense?) body, with a rather flat carbonation. A little heat in the throat. - Thanks to Chris for taking me down this memory lane.
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle from Dave for my 50th
Pours dark black frothy off white head
Oak vanilla chocolate aromas and taste
Very very good
50belair (2968) - Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle imbibed at Mikkeller Bar. Jet black pour with a mocha head. Vinous aromas. The body is a little thinner in this version. Rich dark malts, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and generous amounts of red wine notes....
PhillyCraft (4072) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle #126 split with Pat, Joe Beck, and Mr. Fannon. Brownish black pour, not much head at all, small lace, aromas of chocolate, almonds, cabernet, and bourdeaux. Taste is toffee, caramel, coffee beans, dark chocolatem apples, roasty sugars, merlot or another sweet red wine. Flavor was as complex as you can get and constantly change on each sip especially as it warmed slightly. Warming as can be. Another gem from the best brewer in Europe.
Scopey (9382) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks to Benzai. It pours very brown-black, with a thin, bubbly beige head. The nose is spiced fruit cake, cocoa, medicinal, fig, currant, prune and a touch of red wine. The taste is roasted malt, medicinal aspect, herb, pepper, burnt cake, spice, treacle, cola, vinous, date, fig, currant and alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Good, but doesn’t stand up against the Misto/666/Wild Turkey versions.
Leighton (14389) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home in London with Paul. Pours oily, red-brown-black with a small, off-white bubble head. Dark malt aroma, some booze, dark fruits, dark cocoa. Medium to big sweet flavor, some dry wood, burnt sugar, burnt wood, baking cocoa. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, fairly dry wood, oily chocolate, some dark bread. Very good. Quite big. The only real red wine characteristic would be the woody dryness. Very nice overall, though.
nickd717 (3671) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tiny-ass bottle thanks to largadeer. Darkest brown in color with no head really. Dark chocolate, anise, coffee, and vinous aromas. Dark chocolate flavor, slightly tannic, with roast, coffee, and Bordeaux. Full-bodied And syrupy as a mofo with low carbonation. Tasty beer but a bit too much to drink a lot of it.