MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is roasty and sweet, something acidic about it too. When I swirl the glass I get some chocolate too but after another swirl the note disappears. This is confirmed by two other people drinking with me. Weird. The taste is malty and roasted, salty and liquorice there too. Quite balsy, don’t know if I am too crazy about the saaz hops still, in combination with the alcohol and the acidic roastyness it is slightly overpowering for me. I think this is maybe something I respect more than like. Good stuff nevertheless.
Frovigalning (2669) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colour and dark foam. Very strong and spicey scent. Tastes of burned caramell, dark chocolate and smokey tobacco (possibly cigarr). Very long aftertaste. Very nice beer!
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2009
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, shared by SHIG, I was really excited to try this. Bottle, 354 of 570, pours viscous black, dark tan head. Dark toffee and expresso notes, with some dark malt aromas. Perfect flavor, bakers chocolate, expresso and alcohol. Special stuff.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle #60/282. 2008 Vintage. Blackish beer with a huge tan head. Cork came flying out and the carbonation spilled beer (even after pouring a glass) for a while. Big molasses, rich malt, and light spice aroma. Rich malty/molassess flavor with yeast and spice and light coffee. Fuller bodied. Coffee, chooclate, molassess and yeast linger with a bit of earthy spice. Alcohol present, but adds a nice sipping beer touch. Very nice.
daniele (4775) - ITALY - FEB 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
scura non molta schiuma poco persistente il naso è ampio piuttosto intensa note di caffe cioccolato liquirizzia un po liquoroso etilico in bocca prepotente tostature liquirizia amaro secchezza iniziale un tocco di maltato dolcezza d’etilico un lieve nota quasi affumicata
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2011 Bottle. Pours a black body with a thin lacing like dark coffee bubbles. Licorice, dark fruits, lactose, and plastic bags (very odd). Did paint thinner spill in here? This beer is hot chewy and overly sweet. Maybe this needs to age 25 years as per the bottle cause this was dam awful i couldn’t get help from 5 friends to finish this $25.00 bottle. Bummer. 2.8
I had this for a third time. Share by V tafro, i cant say i took any notes but i did score it overall as a 3.5. So ill average the two. 3.3
BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shared by Rciesla. Thanks Broski. Pours flat and lifeless. Sweet, hoppy, and boring. My buddy Reuben just said This tastes like paint thinner. This is horrible. I’m inclined to agree.
Svesse (5821) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Draught at Ölbaren, Copenhagen, 13 Feb 2009) Pitch black colour with lasting, creamy, pale brown head. Roasted, malty nose with notes of coffee, chocolate, liquorice and cream. Malty, roasted taste with black coffee, dark chocolate and cocoa. Full body with smooth, creamy mouthfeel and a touch of coffee bitterness in the finish to spice it up. The intensity of flavours comes through after a while. Alcohol notes firmly tucked away throughout. Not overdone in any direction, just a masterpiece of taste and perfect balance. Some beer to stumble across on a Friday the 13th. Stunning beer!
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle from west lakeview.....aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, roast, malt and a little smoke...pours a lifeless black pour with a barely noticeable pour which doesn’t compare with some of the more recent ratings. my experience was much more aligned with herohen’s.... flavors of sweet roasted malt, a little char, and primarily burnt chocolate with some dark or red fruit in the background...pretty low carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. small, bitter finish, somewhat dry....can’t say this is worth the pricetag.
pilsnerrogge (2400) - Finspång, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle, bottle #413 of 570
Pours black, head? this beer was nothing but head, the glass was full of head, the bottle was more than full of head, it was gushing out of the bottle neck like a minor geyser. I had to rush out to the kitchen to get more glasses, didn’t want to waste any of this fine brew. Aroma is roasted malt with hints of smoke. Rich and warming flavour, notes of aniseed, liquorice and roasted malt. Dry, bitter finish.