sulawang (695) - British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Visual: A whopping 11.6% ABV!!! Should be good... Pours dark beer bottle brown, a smallish head, a thin ultra-micro bubbly layer of retention, some lacing, a few hard-to-see tiny CO2 streams.
Nose: Fragrant deep-roasted coffee, some caramel malts, lots of chocolate, trace amounts of sourness. (lvl-10)-pungency
Attack: slick-crisp mouthfeel
Mid-palate: immediate bold flavours of -> (MAIN) deep roasted coffee, chocolate, demerara sugar, mild alcohol detection, late -> (lvl-5) malty sweetness
Finish: light counterbalancing sourness, gentle long-soft bitter hops, background non-invasive alcohol heat, smooth bittersweet roasted coffee finish.
Summary: Initial sip = knew this was a great brew, absolutely stunningly smooth. ABV is supremely well-hidden by the full-bodied mocha-malt mix. It’s like drinking a nicely bittersweetened roasted coffee beverage. Kudos to the De Molen team for such a fab brew. Lots of roasted coffee on the inhale-exhale. Alcohol detection increases as it warms.
Beergaard (175) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick and creamy texture, small brownish head. Loads of lovely coffee in both aroma and taste.
sic1314 (4762) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of dark chocolate and roast malt, light ashtray. Medium to full body, flavour much as the aroma, reasonably sweet.
Kita (1348) - Koper, SLOVENIA - AUG 28, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 0.33l, shared with Hoppiness crew. Pours almost black color with barely noticable light brown head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt and chocolate. Taste starts with sweet and rich roasted malt, supported with strong coffee with chocolate hints, following is slightly acidic with notes of dried fruits and liquorice, mouthfeel is warming, although alcohol is well hidden, while finish is mild bitter. Full body, syrupy texture and soft carbonation in palate. Yes, it’s quite one dimensional, but still hell of a good one...
fajry (964) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Fľaša. Čierna farba, hnedá pena, nízka, rýchlo opadla. Vôňa pražených sladov, zľahka karamel, v pozadí kapučíno, kakao. V chuti niečo úžasné. Začiatok pražených sladov, neskôr kapučíno, jemne karamel a v pozadí zalievaná káva. Taktiež cítiť lieskové oriešky. Dlhá dochuť, jemne horká. Nasýtenosť stredná. Jedno z naj pív, ktoré som od De Molen pil.
panacea (94) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch black with almost nonexisting head. Nose is coffee, roasted malt and creamy mocha cake! Taste is quite strange, feels like it is not finished. At first coffee, chocolate and caramel but then there is a heavy taste of spent roasted malts from mashing. Light carbonation and thick mouthfeel. Interesting but not to a great one.
skortila (4749) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled @ Drie dorstige herten. 30cl sample. The aroma has a lot of chocolate, coffee tones, moccha. Black coloured beer with a thin, beige, creamy head. The taste is light bitter, light sweet, has roast, coffee, nice chocolate tones. Good!
wvhoran (392) - Tasmania, - AUG 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a small tan head. The aroma is chocolate, roast malts, but mainly coffee, like a sack of beans, but also smelling a little like a nice ice coffee. The flavour is sweet dark malts, huge unique coffee flavour, tending to bitter and roasted finish. Lingering coffee and light chocolate aftertaste. A very successful beer.
Madsen1635 (392) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour with small light brown head. Aroma has lots of tar and apricot. Taste has coffee and lots of odd dry bitterness.
SNL (374) - - AUG 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black pour! Minimal tan head.
Sweet Nose, with a note of shipyard.
Taste is Spice at first, then a sweet finish.