drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tiny ass bottle courtesy jtclockwork. All black pour with a creamy brown head. Huge ashy, smokey aroma like Scotch with some coffee and chocolate. Smokey flavor again with some coffee and chocolate. Not bad!
jtclockwork (7902) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose of bourbon, chocolate, roast coffee, peat and vanilla. Taste of ash, peat, chocolate, vanilla and roast coffee.
deanso (5029) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2012 on tap at the Doerak in Delft.
Very black beer! A great RIS beer, very tasty
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
With the flavor of peat smoke, coffee and chocolate, a Ibu of 96 and an impressively impenetrable mouthfeel, this is one of the best stout I’ve ever tasted. Quite a masterpiece in which strength, texture and loads of spicy nuances go hand in hand. We drank number 7 of an output totaling 240 33cl bottles.
maneliquor (2995) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a large brown head with great lacing. Obvious peat on the nose with a big hit of roasted malts and burnt coffee. Little bit of cocoa in there too. Taste is like an intense version of the aroma. Loads of peat and coffee, great dark fruits and heavily roasted flavours come through. Lingers forever. Overall an excellent brew. Would recommend to anyone who has an itch for something on the darker side of things
LoFi (1550) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 bottle #293/1683. Thick pitch black liquid, with a large, creamy, light brown head that leaves some lacing. Aroma: lots of chocolate, chocolate mousse, some coffee and peat. Taste: dark chocolate, coffee, liqueur, cocoa powder, peat, cream. Full-bodied with a great soft and moussy mouthfeel. Great stuff!
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
330ml bottle, brewed on 12.12.08, number 105, bought at Ølbutikken in Copenhagen in May 09. Nice appearance with a black foil around the neck of the bottle, decent yellow-tan coloured head slowly reduced to a few patches with lacework that dissipates rather quickly. The body is black as pitch. Inviting aroma of deep dark malts containing mocha chocolate added by a peaty touch. Peaty malts in flavour well mixed with vanilla oak, notes of dark spices and mild orange tartness. Bittering dark fruits to a long lived finish supported by warming alcohol. Delicious malt-fruity textured. Flavoursome handcrafted ale that I enjoyed for more than an hour. Straight into my top list (Tromsø, 02.01.2011).
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 Bottle 1068; Sampled July 2010
The beer pours with a creamy, tightly beaded, brown tinged, dark tan colored head that sits on top of a black and viscous looking body. The aroma is salty and a touch sour’ish some how; this turns into peat smoke and roasted, dark coffee notes pretty quickly though. There is a deep, toasted peanut aromatic note to this beer which is quite intriguing and as the beer warms up rich notes of chocolate start to come out.
The beer feels thick and viscous as it first hits my tongue; it really clings to the palate quite a bit. There is a really nice mix of peat smoke, roasted peanuts, dark roasted espresso, burnt malt, burnt cocoa, malt sweetness and even a touch of cherry like character to this brew. The finish has a sharp smokiness to it as well as a bitterness that is distinctly contributed from burnt grain and the hop character. This is very nicely balanced between flavors of roasted nuttiness, peat smoke and rich malt; I am really enjoying this far more than I expected, as I was needlessly worried that this would be horribly peat influenced. A fantastic brew that I wish I had more of.
Bottle # 302, November 2008 Bottle Date; Sampled December 2011
As expected, the beer is a bit of a gusher, but only slightly as I easily have enough time to get it into my glass. I end up with four-fingers (including one above the rim of my Lost Abbey Teku glass) of darkly brown tinged foam. The beer is a concentrated brown, near perfectly black color that shows opaque, but perhaps a touch more brown when held up to the light. The aroma reaks of smoky phenolic notes, it is almost oily smelling in its smokiness with touches of smoked salt, lots of peat smoke, some burnt / smoky plastic edges to it (this last being typical of peat malt in high concentrations in beer); the burnt / smoky plastic isn’t nearly as overwhelming as it could be, and in fact is at a low enough level that it doesn’t detract here. There seems to be a touch of underlying funkiness here (is this being suggested to me by the slight gushing) that seems to lean towards Brettanomyces like funkiness, but only just barely.
Somewhat rich feeling as it rolls across the palate, this isn’t incredibly viscous, but certainly has a chewy heft to it. There is a ton of smokiness and umami character to this beer, which helps to hide the malt sweetness that might otherwise be noticeable in this brew; the sweetness is here in the finish, where it accentuates a chocolate / cocoa flavor. There is a phenolic sharpness here (it seems to almost play the role that hop bitterness usually does) that adds a touch of burnt / curing plastic notes; this seems to also be from a touch of wild yeast and / or Brettanomyces, but it could just be all from the Peat smoked whisky malt. I do like how the dark maltiness combines with the peat smoke in this beer, it really reminds me of a rich, smoky, very dark chocolate at times. There seems to be a fruitiness to this beer, often overshadowed by the smokiness, but still hinting at notes of burnt prunes and, perhaps even a touch more-so, notes of smoked berries. There is a touch of nuttiness to the flavor, deeply roasted nuttiness, but an almost roasted peanut like character is here. The roast character provides a rich, espresso like edge that pairs well with the smoky character.
This is still quite tasty, I am not sure it will last 25 years, but it is still quite tasty; if there really is a slightly wild thing going on here, all bets are off, this may age wonderfully or may just decline from here on out. For right now though, this beer is quite complex and drinking quite well. Exceedingly enjoyable, and I am glad that I “mistakenly” purchased two of these.
dEnk (3682) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 24, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Multiple bottles, multiple drafts. Deep black pour with an absolutely huge brown head that lasts forever. Aroma is just lovely, roasted malts, chocolate, fruity hops, coffee, a hint of spices and loads of peat. Awesome. Flavour is deep bitterness of hops and roastyness, followed by a short yet intense burst of chocolate and malt sweetness, followed by a bitter roasty coffee and dark chocolate goodness, all covered with a tick cloak of peat. Very silky smooth yet full palate, lingering on for ages. Awesome brew.
kerolasa (409) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled Aug 19, 2010; bottle nr 113. Looks like stout, smells malts and tar. Really oily in mouth. Aroma is quite smoky, and there’s definitely truck load of malts in this beer with fair amount of malts. Something sweet, something sour, chocolate, coffee, nuts, roast, grass, herbs, earthy aromas, soy souce, smoke... at least all them match from right hand side lists. What a beer!