sjogro (2848) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
At Maakunís surprise birthday party. Black with light tan head. Dense roasted caramel and chocolate malts, oatmeal, dried dark fruit, dried pineapple, lots of fruity notes, coffee (candy), cognac, vanilla. Very sweet, very nice. Thick and supple mouthfeel, no carbonation, very nice aged complexity. Nice treat!
Maakun (4064) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at home for my birthday, massive thanks to Sinterklaas Bierkoning! Pitch black with dark beige head that leaves a great looking ring of tiny bubbles. Lots is sweet chocolate, some cognac, dried cranberries, dried pineapple, soft vanilla and woody notes, chocolate milk, dark roasted spices. Quite sweet and soft roasted bitter notes throughout. Medium bodied with a slight thinner feel than expected. Wow, this is really good, maybe one of the best versions of Tsarina Esra Iíve had.
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - JUN 20, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle at home, v2011. Dark brown almost black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, caramel, chocolate, some cocoa and coffee in the beginning, light wood and alcohol, raisins and light dark fruit notes, some butter and soy sauce notes. Sweet and bitter taste like the aroma. Medium to full almost creamy silky body with soft carbonation.
ShivanDragon (3509) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flesje via @Secret Sinterklaas 2014, bedankt @dEnk !
schenkt zwart en zoals verwacht stroperig/olie achtig met minimale bruine kraag. Aroma van mooie cognac, vanille, gebrande en geroosterde mouten.
smaken zijn redelijk tot zwaar zoet, matig bitter, zeer sterke smaken, sterk gemout van gebrande en geroosterde mout. hout, notig, redelijk kruidig, donkere chocolade, verder cognac.... veel cognac...
volle body, romig van textuur, lang prettige zoete en cognac afdronk.... erg lekker ! nogmaals bedankt Colin !
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share at Bruceís birthday drinks craft beer co. Many thanks to Leighton. Aroma is plumy fruits, berry, dark choc, hint of booze, little age. Dark black brown coloured pour with a halo of tan head. Flavour is composed of full sweet sugars, caramel, figgy plummy fruits, hint of menthol, smooth warming alcohol. Palate is full, semi sweet, smooth. Lasted pretty well for 2011.
Scopey (12707) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. 2011. It pours darkest brown with a thick tan head. The nose is smooth, rich roast, vanilla, marshmallow, spicy edge, but, cocoa and coffee grounds. The taste is smooth, rich roast, cocoa, coffee, light oxidation, sweet milky coffee, brandy, boozy warmth and crunchie with a smooth, warming finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Smooth, rounded and quaffable. Nice.
Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared during Bruceís birthday - London. Vintage 2011. Pours clear black-brown with a frothy khaki head. The nose has a lot of milk chocolate, some burnt toast, mellow earth, dried dark fruits. Medium to big sweet flavor with a bit of alcohol spice, some dark sugars, rich bread, burnt toffee, dark berries, mellow smoke. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with lots of semi-sweet chocolate, roast, scorched earth, more aged dark fruits. Solid beer. Rich and punchy but still quite drinkable.
Moolesen (479) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 33cl. Black with a brown head, which disappears rather quickly. Lots of oak in the nose, too much for my taste combined with rye. Strong beer with mainly oak present. Rich but at the same time very flat. I donít taste the malt, hops and what else should make this beer special. Very dissappointed. Havenít tasted the regular one, but will for sure just to check that the basics is ok. This was one of these experiences where oak aged didnít work out (for me (at least)
Iznougut (9) - Sant Quirze De Besora, - AUG 29, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2014 Bona presŤncia i olor.. Gas al punt amb un bon regust a conyac.. Una de les meves preferides
allmyvinyl (9540) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Craigís. Pours black with a thin tan head. Big roast nose of the original, with a malt extract layer. Not sure what the cognac is adding as I canít really pick it up, but a good base beer.