Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle #179 (10.2% ABV) picked up at the Binnyís in Orland Park, IL: As soon as I popped the cork there was a slow eruption of bubbly brown foam that continued until the bottle was drained. What I managed to pour into my glass had a dark brown body (it might look black under poor lighting) with a Humongous bubbly brown head that reduced to a film quite quickly... although the 1 pt 9.4 oz bottle continued with its eruption. The aroma was damp. burnt coffee grounds, black licorice, charred bark, and alcohol. Tastes better, having a recognizeable MALT roastiness, bittersweet chocolate, and thick molasses added to the flavor. Thereís a sharp alcohol snap right at the end, and the finish is sticky sweet burnt molasses with a low alcohol burn. This is a one-shot for me. Itís okay, but I do not understand the high average/score.
anders37 (16691) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ chrisoís Pre-GBBF Shindig 2008. Pours a black color wit a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma with some dark fruit hints. Roasted malty coffee and chocolate flavor with some hints of molasses. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish. Lovely.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 21, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle, #20/570, brewed 14Aug08, bottled 18Sept08. Second time around with this one. Pours dark brown/black and nearly still, with an incomplete covering of large and loose bubbles that settle to a razor thin ring. As it warms Iím able to stir a whisp of a covering with a few swirls of the glass. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, espresso, some overripe dark fruits and light roasted malts. Flavor is decadent chocolate on the front, with espresso, molasses, dark fruits and a touch of roasted malts on the finish. This is truly a fine beer, and more carbonation would only take it to another level of enjoyment for sure. In either case, a positive experience and glad I gave it another go!
BlackForestCO (977) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep brown/black color with almost no carbonation and a scant bubbly ring of "head." Somewhat off-putting aroma of dark bakers chocolate, burnt espresso, charred wood, soy, tar, and a faint fruitiness. Smooth, sweet entry with some lightly bitter bakers chocolate and a faint roastiness with a hint of espresso and soft vanilla that finishes light dry with some moderate chalkiness. No carbonation at all, and thin and chalky on the palate. Overall, it has a promising taste, but the mouthfeel is very weak and the aroma contained some elements that I didnít find very alluring.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pros: Such a unique and big flavor. Incredibly malty, rich, delicious. Finish is 20+ seconds, dark chocolate, espresso, peanut butter, fudge, dark fruit, resin hop. Terrific flavor.
Cons: The low carbonation level does hurt many factors of the beer, but it is such an exquisitely brewed offering, itís only a minor issue.
An amazing beer. A great beer for the cellar.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 cork and cage, brewed 8/08, bottle 050. Dark pour with mahogany edges and an eggy tan head. An IS with outwardly belgian qualities. Nose of alcohol, yeast, toffee, cherries, raisin, madeira. Smoky and lightly musty/earthy. Warming in the belly. Great lingering bitter and smoky finish. Great silky palate and lively carbonation (bottle gushed over, twice). Very nice, and would lay up really well.
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks Nelson. Pours dark brown/black, with no head. Aroma is coffee, dark fruit, chocolate, and malt. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, malt, dark frui, smaoke, and alcohol. No carbonation, and thatís a shame. It seems like could have been really fantastic. Good anyway, but oh, what could have been.
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with absolutely no carbonation. Aroma of burnt toast, bitter burnt chocolate. Flavor is also incredibly burnt with some chocolate and roasted malt notes. Some alcohol presence. The flatness of the beer was off-putting too. I donít know if this beer was "off" or not, but I did not enjoy it. There were some good moments in tasting this beer, but overall the odd (ie burnt) moments overruled.
Fin (7416) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Pre ZBF, Alvinne, 06-03-09 Pours black in colour never noticed a head on this maybe it was consumed into the inky blackness. This is an incredibly rich and indulgent beer with lovely burnt woodiness, a streak of creaminess and good bitterness also. A classy well balanced sweetness takes the edge off of this and literally swirls around the mouth, some cocoa powder and chocolate covered coffee beans join in the melee, it is truly lovely. A7 A4 F8 P4 OV17 4.0
MennoO (148) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle, 75 cl, thanks Jerohen, poors a very dark with medium creamy head. smells like roasted coffeebeans and dark chocolate. Very smooth, almost oil-like, taste is bitter but very complex. well balanced, no hint of alcohol. Excellent beer