FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle number 646, November 2007 Bottle Date; Sampled February 2010
The beer pours pretty much visually flat, though it does muster a large bubbled ring of froth around the edges. The beer is a tar black / concentrated brown color that is pretty darn opaque when held up to the light. The nose smells of umami laden rich malt, hints of teraki, savory roasted grain, a touch of peanuts, toasted hazelnuts, toasted whole grain bread crust, espresso accented dark chocolate. The finish sees a bit of alcohol warming that evokes thoughts of Bourbon. Oxidation definitely is playing a rounding role here in the aroma, but it seems to only be contributing in positive ways up to this point. It is really interesting how nutty the aroma is, this mixes quite well with the rich malt and roast grain notes.
My first sip sees me noticing that the beer is sweet, viscous, yet somehow thin due to the lack of carbonation. This also has a touch of weird, almost rubbery, burnt vegetal note to the finish that is a bit distracting in my first sip. Flavors of molasses, dark chocolate, and burnt brown sugar up front are followed by interesting leather notes, touches of tar, a bitterness from both burnt grain and hops. In the far finish there is a touch of chalkiness, but the bitter roast grain husk flavors linger on the tongue without being overly astringent. Some oxidation adds some burnt sherry notes, a background richness and roundness to the malt as well as a subtle nuttiness to the finish that in combination with some of the chocolate flavors makes me think a little bit of nutella (but without the aggressive hazelnut flavor). Despite the light body (much of which is likely due to the lack of carbonation), this is most definitely a sipping brew and somehow it also has a thickness to it
An interesting beer that I could wish had a touch of light carbonation, but really still drinks pretty well without it. I am not sure if this will actually make 25 years, but it has lasted the past two pretty well.
BoBoChamp (5358) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2011 33cl, exclusive Dutch brew, from De Hopduvel Gent, complex Porter, balanced, hazy, nearly no head, very good brew, yet expensive!
asheft (2484) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[bottle @ RBESG 2009, Grand Tasting]
Roasted, meaty bubblegum vanilla aroma with some coffee. Lacy, thin tan covers oily black liquid. Dusty roast vanilla flavour that is vinous and with sweet molasses. Moderate bitterness together with a chestnut note. Full body and a sweet, tangy finish.
Hansen (6475) - Assentoft, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black. Almost no head, brown. Dark aroma, coffee, roasted. Fingt lacorice, burnt bread. Flavor is heavy sweet, finish moderate bitter, long-long duration, more aroma. caramel. Syrupy texture. soft carbonation.
HenrikSoegaard (10406) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Trade with Jeppe Ølbutikken. Black Colour. Frothy deminishing head. Powerfull vanilla aroma. Moderate bitter slightly rosted aroma and flavor. Long finsih. Great stuff.
saxo (13802) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle # 321. Small head with short duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are vanilla, wood, bourbon, chocolate and coffee.
FrankJohansen (3602) - Sabro, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black colour with a small no good head. Powerful aroma and taste of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Long lasting taste.
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the Bottle at RBESG Harlequin, Sheffield 19/07/2009
Roast aroma. Beige head. Dark coloured strong in alcohol rich and sweet on the palate with a crisp and slightly dry coffee roast finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330mL bottle, 2007 vintage #172, courtesy of fonefan poured into a tulip.
The top comes off with hardly a sound and an aggressive pour produces a smattering of big tan bubbles on top of an opaque deep brown body. There is no retention or lacing to speak of.
The nose is boozier than I was expecting with a port character that comes out from the very beginning. There are tons of dark roasted malts, coffee and bakers chocolate underneath the booze. There is an interesting mix of tobacco and leather that comes out as it warms.
The taste really explodes with the first sip. There is an ashy burnt malt and tobacco presence to start things off, but it gives way to some espresso and dark chocolate malts in the middle. The finish gets slightly sweeter with some molasses before the big dry finish kicks in.
The mouthfeel is super slick aned smooth with almost non-existent carbonation. The finish is ash-like in it’s dryness which I don’t often get in a beer.
This is an excellent beer that I think would be absolutely world class if it had a shade more carbonation. As it is, the look and feel take a hit from the complete lack of carbonation. The nose and taste are exceptional with tons of complexity and all kinds of different flavors coming out. Interesting and tasty.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle - 2007 vintage; bottle #64; at the time afetr4ever cracked this open, it was my #1 most wanted beer; you rock as usual Tom!!! pours jet black w/ faint tan head; musky aromas of coffee, chocolate and dark fruit; drinks perfectly smooth with rich, sweet coffee and roast; a delicate and nuanced brew; nothing overly aggressive or strong and just a lovely blended mix of flavors; yummy indeed