mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle #29, brewed 06Oct07, bottled 01Nov07, with a big thanks to ygtbsm94! Pours a dark brown with a loose covering of larger tan bubbles. Aroma is chocolate, espresso, tobacco, citrus, pine, smoke and ripe dark fruits. Flavor is citrus and piney hops, more espresso, chocolate, dark fruits and light tobacco and smoke, with a lingering earthy finish. I was surprised with how much this changed as it opened up, definitely needs a little time to warm up. Very nice stuff and glad for the chance to try, thanks again Brad!
Butters (3591) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Beerhawk’s Beer Gods in the Boro, aka 1000 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, By God Beer God Gathering, BG1K Tasting. Black pour with no head. Awefully tasty with a good medium creamy body. Just a little vegetal bitterness in the flavor.
BeerHawk (1790) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by lithy. Poured black with a very thin brown head. Aromas of milk chocolate, black licorice, and roast. The flavor found caramel and roasty malts. Full body, creamy, and a sweet roast aftertaste.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk’s Beer Gods in the Boro, aka 1000 Bottles of Beer on the Wall, By God Beer God Gathering, BG1K Tasting. Sample from a bottle shared by me thanks to bierkoning. Bottled Nov 1 2007. Dark dark brown a light spattering of tan bubbles. Aroma of soy, chocolate, big roast. Taste is more soy sauce, chocolate, bitter roast and a lightly vegetal finish.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, May 2008. Rich malty aroma. Some soy sauce notes. Lots of chocolate in the flavour. Also bitter licorice with some hop bite. Not too sweet. Alcohol is quite warming, perhaps on the hot side but that doesn’t detract too much. Although I usually prefer fresh beers, I think a little more bottle age would have brought it more into tune with my palate.
AmEricanbrew (5205) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown color with no head. Light boozy aroma with black licorice and tobacco. Medium body with a flat mouthfeel. Good flavor of dry blackened malts with sweet pit fruits and tobacco. Lack of carbonation really hurts here.
diabel (1589) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2009 Small bottle, thanks to John for the bottle! - Large bottle at LCRBM 2008, ’s Hertogenbosch, Netherlands -- Same rating.
Black body. Deep brown, very small head. Like the cream on an espresso that floats around on top of it and wonders what it’s doing there. Aroma of molasses, coffee, roasted malts, pear, port, alcohol, fruit ... Very complex and well balanded but not extreme (in a good way). Moderately bitter, moderately sweet flavour of strong malts. Fully bodied. Softly carbonated (more carbonation in the large bottle). Not that complex but very well balanced.
Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A tremendous beer, bottle number 75. Challenger hops, and saaz for aroma. Sent from Bierkonig Holland, fresh. Left it for about 24 hours, yet it kept foaming over, foam eventually almost disappeared,still tasted carbonated. Jet black.Aroma of cocoa and licorice. First maltiness, then the hop bitterness comes at you and builds up over (several) glasses. 92 IBU, an outstanding effort for its class-I would take this over many great imperial stouts.
altonbrownd (4509) - Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bier Koning. One of the greats. Dark body with slight tan head. Malty, sweet nose with chocolate noticeable. Rich and sweet taste of coffee, chocolate and bitterness. Great mouthfeel. Warming and wondeful finish.
Borresteijn (4159) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bought at the brewery, from august 2007. Deep dark brown to black colour, creamy beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, raisin, sweet alcohol, liquorice, some caramel, hops. Flavour is very sweet and sticky, soft roasted malts, liquorice, a bit of chocolate, some coffee, with a slightly bitter finish. Soft and smooth mouthfeel, thick and syrupy, fullbodied. Highly enjoyable, but could do with a whole lot less sugar.