Ughsmash (7280) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured clear, medium-deep brown with a tall, looser-bubbled tan head. The aroma picked up sweet, very peaty malts and burnt chocolates over a deeper, crusty rye bread.. lots of dark, fairly earthy and herbal stuff going on.. really odd, with a lot more tea on the back of the nose. The flavor found a lot of herbal tea, peaty malts, and oxidation all the way through.. lots of brewer’s licorice and lesser dark chocolates at the core.. herbal tea, smoked malts, and a hint of chocolate and vanilla on the long, peaty finish.. along with grainy, residual dark sugars. Heavier-bodied, with prickly carbonation and sharp smoky bitterness on the palate.. higher carbonation.. not the smoothest feel and flow. This was a weird one.. I can see how a lot of people could love it, but I wasn’t quite there.
olio (7250) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Gastropub Tuulensuu, Tampere.
Originally rated from bottle on 20101023. (9+5+8+4+16)
Pours pitch black colour with meedium beige head. Lots and lots of peat on the nose, coffee notes, dark ripe fruits, lightly sour dark chocolate, cocoa and roasted malts. Flavour of roaste malts, lots of peat, dark chocolate, mild salty liquorice, dark ripe fruits, some coffee, cocoa and distant vanilla notes at the end. Full of strong flavours competing with eachother and seems to be a very closed match between the peatiness and dark chocolate. Vey complex brew.
bax (1254) - Hasselager, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 18/01-2012) Low brown head, black color, roasted coffee chocolate aroma and taste, soft co2, slightly sweet taste. Brewed 19 JAN 2011, bottled 25 FEB 2011, 25 years BB date.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle shared at the De Molen brewery monthly tasting. Thanks Colin! Pours black as night, thick brown head. All kinds of woodiness, coffee and some nuttiness in the nose and light smoke. Amazingly there are a lot of hop notes after nearly four years. Flavor is bitter and while I know smokey is not a taste per say, it has a nice smoke flavor to it. Minimal sweetness, but it’s there. Mouthfeel is creamy, coats for a long lasting flavor. I can only imagine how well this bottle will be in another 4 years, thank god I picked one up!
erickok (4095) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JAN 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Woody, delicious sweet, concentrated caramel. Taste is quite dry, bitter cacao. Milk chocolate. Bit of a short ending. (At the De Molen brewery tasting.)
Tanksley (28) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost pitch black and opaque, small head. Furiously peated aroma, hiding the malt, licorice and dark chocolate somewhat. Very full bodied, thick mouthfeel, like fluid bread. Dark chocolate, loads of peat, lapsang souchong tea, chocolate cake, culminating in an almost endless aftertaste that also has licorice.
maledictum (694) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - DEC 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color, brown head, some lace. Peat, tobacco, ash and tar in the big nose. Very soft and rounded palate. Tar, tobacco, peat in the flavor, I usually do not like beer with lots of tobacco, but this is quite drinkable. In the finish some sweeter notes. Long smokey aftertaste with alcoholic punch. Nice.
MotherBrother (778) - Aalborg, DENMARK - DEC 11, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque dark, with a big dark head.
Roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, oatmeal, peat and a bit of smoke in the aroma.
NIce and smooth, with medium carbonation.
Really smooth and drinkable.
EithCubes (5195) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle dated 12/07/2011. Ginormous gusher, but I got to it in time. Nose is smokey, heavy peat, heavy dark chocolate, surprisingly high hopping levels, lightly salted licorice. Pitch black and particulate filled, Dark brown rocky head will subside sometime by the year 2020. Taste is chewy, strong roast, some alcohol coming through, peat in the aftertaste. Lots of fruity esters (an easy half-dozen varieties, would probably win the title of ’fruitiest imperial stout’ I’ve had), but also heavy hopping; medium bitterness because of the undercutting sweetness carried in on a swell of chocolate cake and icing. Alcohol definitely showing and warming, full body is chewy and decadent. The good thing: this sure doesn’t taste infected, and is delicious. The bad: only got about 6 oz. Sad face.
rand (1297) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beerr discouraging black, brown head slightly persistent. Aromas of bitter chocolate, peat and roasting, burnt toffy and licorice, squid ink. The taste is superb, roasted, chocolate, hints of vanilla, smoked, a bit vinous. A warming and generous beer, will soon sold, perhaps, in bottles of one mouthful!