abemorsten (2767) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with creamy light brown head and a fair lacing. Aromas of coffee, roasted malts and dry yeast. Flavors are acidic and light bitter with coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. Full bodied and smooth.
(Waxed and corked bottle no.302, Cardinal, Onsdag^2. 3.3.2010)
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. I know this is going to be a cracking beer when it’s aromas are floating around the room as I type! Jet black pour with no head, barely any carbonation. Roasted aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, caramel. smoke, tobacco. Lovely! Flavours of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, caramel. roasted malts. Sweet, smoky, meaty alcohol laden mouthfeel. Finishes dry, sweet with a very pleasing alcohol burn. Absolute classic of this style. Marvelous!
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly pitch black body with ample light brown head. Dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, and some hops in the aroma and body. A smooth, sweet body. Well integrated flavors; nothing dominated my palate.
SudsMcDuff (5825) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle- - brewed Aug 28 2008 - bottled Sept 27 2008 - drank 5:43pm Dec 11th 2009 ::: lots of dark fruit, old grape juice, dark evil condensed sherry .. very large bubbles .. slick and oily .. shared some with MsCoop (she said strong, roasty, like strong coffee) .. cat litter=coffee fitter .. . A Wonderful RIS!! and one of De Molens kingpins! .. . i hate P-nut, the obnovius cat!!
Stanzio (7) - Roma, ITALY - MAR 12, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled 330 (19 Jan 2010) bought at North London Beer Festival, 11 March 2010. Super dark brown, almost black. Intense aroma of chocolate, caramel, coffee. 10.2 abv, perfectly balanced, an emotion for the palate.
mickut (276) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 11, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Taste is bitter and lightly sweet. Palate is full bodied. Aromas are complex, has burnt malt, coffee notes, vanilla, peppers.
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - MAR 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a medium-sized brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate with hints of hops and alcohol. The flavour is sweet, bitter, roasted malt, coffee, liquorice and chocolate. Quite full-bodied, bitter and roasted aftertaste. Very good, but few years in cellar might make this even better.
Abio (1572) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAR 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My 100th rating. Bottle 33cl at home. 186/1284 bottles. Brewed 07/11/2009, bottled 06/12/2009, tasted 06/02/2010. I wanted something less or more special as my 100th beer, and this one came out... Pours very dark, littke red, but really dark, almost black. Nice looking, but a bit to little head. Beige-brown of colour, holds a good time. Roasted coffee and dark fruit smell. Some caramel and chocolate. Bitter -sweet roasted coffee-taste, a bit to much coffee for me. Also dark fruits and some vanilla. Bitter aftertaste. Feels a bit like a dissapointment, expected so much more of my 100th beer. Ofcourse, it is a very good beer, but not a top-10 for me at all. It misses a bit of sweetness, and the coffee is to overwhelming.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Brewed on 8/28/2008, bottled on 9/27/2008, and consumed in January 2010. Pours almost pitch black, showing oily and thick in the glass, with virtually no head. Some dense sheeting stains the glass brown, but leaves no lace behind. The aroma shows monster notes of rich, bittersweet, dark chocolate and fudge, followed by hints of anise and a balancing, earthy hoppiness. Flavors go a little deeper, as hints of coffee roast and vanilla emerge from the dark chocolate abyss, again showing anise and surprisingly potent earthen hops. It seems like it must have been crazy hoppy when bottled. The palate is almost flat, showing slick and oily up front, but lacking a little activity that I think it needs. It dries out a good bit on the slightly oxidized finish. Very good brew, but the more carbonated and better integrated Eiken version that I tried of the summer is so much better.
Sigmund (5119) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml capped and waxed bottle, brewed 7th Nov. 2009, bottled 6th Dec. 2009. Bottle No. 190 (of 1284 from this batch). OG 1115, FG 1031. EBC colour 308.9. EBU 99.9. ABV is 10.2%. Declared good for 25 years if kept cool and dark - feels like a sort of sacrilege to drink it now ... Pitch black colour, big and lasting brown head. Lovely roasty aroma, distinct notes of coffee and dark bitter chocolate. The flavour has an intense roasted character, notes of coffee and dark bitter chocolate again, also hints of liquorice, molasses and dark dried fruits. Bitter hops in the finish. Brilliant stuff.