HV (4) - Utrecht, - NOV 1, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Appearance: pours a very dark, nearly opaque, with a nice reddish-brown foamy cap that unfortunately quickly dissipates
Aroma has prunes, malts, and a little orange.
Mouthfeel: this drinks like a classic milk stout. The body is incredibly creamy – beautiful.
Flavour: is again lots of prunes, with a chocolatey/coffee malt layer underneath, and a hint of orange peel at the end. I was pleasantly surprised to find hardly any toasty notes here.
Drinkability: this could be a beer you’d love one glass after another. It could be, if there wasn’t the 10.2% alcohol in it. It’s such a sweet, creamy, tasty, drinkable beer.
Beese (1463) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Poured a thick black, with a dense tan head. Really syrupy beer; stuck to the side of the glass when swirled. Huge, rich aroma of dark fruit, spice, leather, port and Islay whisky. Full mouth feel, really smooth. Smokey flavours, with complex molasses, treacle and roasted malt. Finish was burnt malt, black syrup, prunes and liquorice. For my tastes, beer doesn’t get much better than this.
Burgers (238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still jet black. Aroma liquorice & chocolate. Taste mostly salty. Alcohol burn on the palate. Full on, Probably one to share.
CraftBeerNick (826) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, 23rd May 14, pours black, just bubbles for head. Aroma, liquorice, chocolate, leather. Taste full on salty liquorice, some tartness, chocolate and leather, low carbonation, easy drinking, hops and bitterness balance the sweet. Another great impy from De Molen
DYCSoccer17 (3283) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
11.2oz bottle. Bottle #1899 from the October 5, 2010 batch...which makes this a 3.5 year-old beer. I am drinking this tonight because work fucking sucks and I fucking deserve a good fucking beer. Wish I remembered where I bought this. Most likely in Berkeley or Concord. Perhaps at John’s Market when I was in Seattle? The aroma on this is quite nice with plenty of chocolate sweetness, roast, light oxidized sherry notes, some spiciness, too. Not sure what the spice is, but I know it’s in there. Opaque, inky black body with some floaties. Still has an amazing brown, strong fluffy head after all this time, which is impressive. Great lacing. Amazing. Wow, this starts immediately sweet with decadent chocolate sugars present. Becomes a little roasted in the middle with some light vanilla character, too. Pretty velvety. Finishes late with a light ethanol burn and some more spiciness...almost like ginger. I am amazed at how well this beer has held up. I do not detect any real oxidation or sherry. My guess, though, would be that this is around it’s peak. Really fucking good.
Voras (61) - - MAY 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black without head (only a beige line in the beginning). Aroma: chocolate and alcohol. Taste: chocolate, coffee in the end. Very long aftertaste (coffee). Strong and very dense. Good.
tiong (3610) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Saveur-biere
Pours pitch black with a tiny bubbly head. Aroma of grainy roasty malts, wood, chocolate, leather, ash and ripe fruits. Taste is sweet, roasty and grainy with loads of dark chocolate, ripe fruits, wood and bitter hops. Finish is sweetish, roasty and woody with some bitter hoppiness and dark chocolate notes. Pretty balanced.
Habanero (2434) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours black to deep brown with a medium, creamy, fair lacing tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and wood. Sweet flavor that ends up with bitter notes and alcohol. Full bodied, creamy text. and soft carb. A great impy.
Idiosynkrasie (3574) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pitch black colour with late awakening, small, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, tan head. Intense dark malty aroma, some roast, notes of dark and milk chocolate, a touch of vanilla and liquorice. Taste is bitter, roasty dark malty with a nuttily touch, hints of bitter dark chocolate; extremely soft, silky, and minimally sticky palate, oily texture.
Cunningham (4292) - Halden, NORWAY - APR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Black color with a small beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, espresso, vanilla and oak.
Palate: Full body. Tad sweet, and an ok bitterness. Soft to flat carbonation.
Taste: Chocolate, vanilla, dark malt, espresso and oak.
Overall impression: More please. Smooth and easy drinkable although its 12% abv.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with markextrae.
Beerhunter111 (6773) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sehr dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade.