essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black, tiny brown head, flat and very viscous. Aroma is spicy, chocolatey, oaky, roasty, vanilla, very sweet and complex, with some fainter coffee and whisky. The aroma is so rich it’s almost fattening.
For me this beer tastes a bit like a tiramisu; chocolate, coffee and rich, dark alcohol. Any dry, roasty flavours are almost drowned out by the sweetness, though there is a bit of a coffeeish, though very chocolatey aftertaste. But throughout there is a bitter, refreshing tartness. Lovely, smooth mouthfeel. A really complex and fascinating beer.
The only reason i didn’t give this a 9 or 10 is because it’s a bit too sweet for me.
RasmusOtt (1415) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2014 Bottle. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma of espresso coffee, sweet chocolate, some oak, vanilla, prunes, dates, roast and very weak notes of earth. Taste of roasted coffee, alot of liquorice coming through, bourbon, wood, some weak salty notes, warming alcohol leading to a dry end. Very good!
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2011 Bottle at Mikkeller Bar: Appearance: pitch black, with beige/ light brown almost non existent head. Aroma, earthy notes, sweet liquorice, alcohol, roasted, vanilla, bourbon, dried fruits/dates, prunes low carbonation, medium to full mouthfeel, light alocohol burn, a bit oily, dried fruits, plums, dates, roasted notes, caramel, vanilla, quite sweet, not overpowering, bitter chocolate, quite dry. leaves your palate tingling (sugar burn).
olio (7250) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled @ Pikkulintu.
Rated on 20110729.
Pours pitch black colour with no head. Aroma of liquorice, salmiac, syrup, soy and some chocolate. Flavour of salmiac, syrup and chocolate. Much like Beer Here Essentia Bina but the syrupy sweetness is much stronger.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle # 470 brewed in 2009 that was unexpected surprise to say least, served in my Stone IRS snifter: Basically pitch black with minimal head nor lace, lots of oily tears however. The aroma has an big bourbon overtone of vanilla, oak, char, and booze along with heavy roast, chocolate, tar, leather, pipe tobacco, molasses, pepper, anise, soy sauce saltiness and moderate cardboardy oxidization.
The taste starts with brash bourbon character, some dark fruits and liquorice twang along with more than a fair amount of dark malts. Some bakers chocolate and even peaty earthy undertones before a hint of resiny bitters and espresso appear about the finish. The alcohol is in your face and does overpower the base stout flavors a tad bit too much for my liking. However it is not medicinal and could age out for even more mellow flavor but I worry the oxidation that already appears will grow even stronger. The mouth feel is oily, slick and sticky with a generous amount of alcohol warming. Overall a good brew, while noticeable bourbon throws it off kilter, it is also not a straight bourbon bomb. I would drink again if given another chance. Thanks Shawn
Pinball (11070) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
25 cl bottle. pitch black, sall brown bubbly head. complex and heavy aroma. roasted malts, carchoal, chocolate, wood, wood bitterness, bourbon, bourbon, Even though it holds 12% the aroma never comes off as overly boozy. flavor is woody, roasted mals, bourbon, licorice, iodine, complex. aftertaste is woody, bitter, bourbon.. long lasting aftertaste.
77ships (4889) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 (24/09/2011) 2010 Vintage bottle@Delirium Hoppy Loft: bottle nr. 1466/2483 – pitch-black, head is basically only a couple of mocha coloured bubbles floating around on the side of your glass, smells vintage, taste is molasses & liquorice sweet, syrup, dark sugar, sweet chocolate, warming bourbon, prunes, creamy dark malts, whiskey soaked wood, sweet coffee, touch of espresso, rum chocolate cake, low carbonation, a glorious mess /////////////////////////////////// ///////////////////////////////////// (31/12/2013) Tried a new bottle dating from 01/2013, smell is still great, taste was a total letdown for me, weak, slightly flawed. Anyway it didn’t feel entirely right to me, seemed to suffer from mild issues like most De Molen beers from that era. It was nowhere near as good compared to what it used to be. Too bad, going to keep the old score for this one, current bottles do not deserve it.
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, soy sauce, roasted malt, bourbon, and some vanilla. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of peated smoke, wood, vanilla, and bourbon, as well as medium notes of roasted malt, coffee, and soy sauce, leading to a dry, roasted, and somewhat alcoholic finish.
SrSilliGose (3284) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. aroma of tangy plums, dates, figs followed by some anise and molasses. a touch of sweet vanilla to round things out, balanced somewhat by chalky roast. taste is more bourbon forward. graham crackers. burnt marshmellow smores. low carbonation. big body. nice alcohol warmth. a touch messy. tasty though.
phaleslu (7224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2011 180 ml wedding present from lushawn- thanks a ton, Shawn, for going off the registry! Split this with the new wife. Bottle 638/2483. Brewed 23 July 2009, bottled 8 June 2010. Pours a deep, opaque brown with minimal carbonation and a miniscule tan ring for a head. Incredible aroma of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits (figs, dates, plums, berries), charred oak, earth, black olive juice, coconut, and roasted malts. Flavor of rich roasted coffee, tobacco, vanilla, bourbon, charred oak, earth, mixed nuts, cocoa, and coconut. Lingering rich roast with some warmth in the back of the palate and chest. Medium-full bodied, with low carbonation. Smooth and rich. Awesome.