gunnfryd (13799) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is licorice, chocolate, alcohol. Flavour is sweet, licorice, sugar, smoked, chocolate, alcohol. Full body. Intense beer.
MoritzF (9094) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(bottle, 75cl, #25) Black as tar coloured hue with a short and tanned foamy layer. Strong aroma of coffee/mocha with notes of chocolate and burnt wood, accompanied by notes of caramel, leather, liquorice, vanilla and a touch of alcohol. Sweet and rounded roasty bitter flavour, full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Hearty roasty malty taste with distinctive notes of coffee, rounded up with a cornucopia of flavours; moderately sweet and lingering roasty bitter finish. 05.I.11
mumares (98) - BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a creamy small head that is quickly gone. Sweet aroma of dark sticky fruits with some roasted notes as well. Taste is sweet in the beginning but then the roasted (coffee) and hoppy flavours take over. Very creamy, just the right amount of carbonation but maybe a bit too harsh (alcohol burn) for me in the finish. Luckily it mellows out and the beer gets better and better throughout the session.
Cascade8 (45) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Alcoholy, dark fruit, coffee, softens up nicely as it settles.
Mouthfeel: Soft, round, full-bodied, oily, syrupy.
Taste: Sweetness balanced by alcohol. Alcohol dominates in the finish. Aftertaste has a lot of roastiness, and lingering hop bitterness.
Overall, quite too alcoholy, sweet and heavy FOR ME- but still at small amounts a very good beer.
tiong (5840) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle @ ISKTR
Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma has hints of chocolate and roastiness. Taste is very roasty and hoppy. Nice long lasting finish.
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black colored with beige head. Rich coffee dominates in this aroma with smoke, dry cocoa, grassy hops and thin saltyness, excellent aroma. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is more hopped with bitter grass, sweet licorice and some salty licorice come up as well. Aftertaste lasts with some acid and salt, warming mouthfeeling lasts. Excellent one.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz bottle with red wax). Bottle 497/2040. Bottled June 2010. Pours dark brown with loads of yeast and tan head. Aroma has lots of chocolate that I can smell it from a distance. Also getting some anise, leather and wet dog. Taste is roasty bitter with a sweet malt backbone. The alcohol is very noticeable at first sip. Full bodied and slick texture. Finish is dry and roasty. Fairly hoppy. A nice impy and one I’d probably prefer with some age on it.
mcberko (11870) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of licorice, caramel, dark fruits, molasses and roasted malt. Flavour of burnt malts, licorice, dark fruits, a little caramel and a bitter coffee and citrus finish. Not the most dynamic body, and the finish leaves much to be desired. Still solid.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from West Lakeview. Big hiss on cracking, not a gusher though it does have ample carbonation. Pours black with a deep tan head. Nose is chocolate, roasted malts, some molasses and tar. The chocolate is pretty dominant in this one, in a good way. On taste, the carbonation detracts somewhat at first, lending a prickly acidity that fades into lush roasted malts. Very toasty and full flavored, just the carbonic acid gets in the way. Very robust bitterness from the hops as well. Slight astringency. Finishes pretty dry. Pretty big beer that warms you up. Pretty solid, though, imo, not worthy of 96th percentile of RIS.
pivnizub (9862) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle #25: Black coloured, small tanned head; extremely rich nose: freshly ground coffeee, wine and fruits and leather; solid sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied; slightly sourish finish, including sweet fruits, port-wine and leather. Great stuff.......