ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle trade with wavers1. Terry, you’re a God, and probably my favorite trading partner. Thank you. This beer is God-damn incredible. Color is a brown-black with ruby highlights and no head. Nose is rife with port, plum, strawberry, unbelievable malts, great character from the wood (which itself was imported from Elven Country) and a very vinous, ephemeral character. Flavor is the fruit and wood mentioned above, topped off with a beautiful dark grape old port character that is just absurd. Like a chocolatey, brandy-soaked Alexander the Grape. Just unbelievably balanced and possibly the best wood-aged beer I have ever had.
VastActiv (2782) - Oulu, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.18l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Bottled 2009. Nro: #957. Colour is black with very small slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Aging pretty good.
RobertDale (3406) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Small 2009 bottle #690. Thanks Steve! Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and wood. Very nice to sip on.
bytemesis (3094) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Little bottle, #550, huge thanks to Fonefan! Pours opaque black, medium super creamy tan head, sloooooowwww dissipating, leaving nice lacing. Aroma is rich and chocolate, roasted malted, cigarettes, bourbon. Flavor is about the same, medium sweet, bit of anise, chocolate, tobacco, light bitterness, oak. A bit sharp. Pretty full body, creamy mouthfeel. Some abc burn. Interesting beer.
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My 5700th rating! [Bottle (250ml? Anyway, it’s a little guy) c/o Glouglouburp. Vintage 2009, No. 834.] Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a spare bubbly off-white head. Wonderful aroma of roasted malt, soya sauce, alcohol, dark fruit, coffee, vinous notes, hops, salt, some caramelization and more -- lots going on here. Flavour’s just as good, and surprisingly fruity and hoppy, along with soya sauce, chocolate, some red wine and again, much more. Alcohol is pretty much hidden. Average bodied. This is a gem, 4 years old and totally delicious.
Abijen (1430) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black beer with a tan head. Smells chocolate, cake and something. Tastes chocolate, coffee bit vanilla and a nice bitter finish. Medium body, sticky texture and an average carbo. Great!
Hermod (3139) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
25cl bottle, #903, brewed 19.02.09. pitch black, brown, thin head. Licorice, plums, coffee, light medicinal notes. Flavors are coffee, licorice, dark fruits. Quite soft, light mouthfeel. Long plummy finish. Well, nice sipper, but not top notch.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
JefVerstraete (1272) - BELGIUM - NOV 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, a lot of beige foam. Low carbonation. Complex and well balanced beer. Sweet aroma of candy sugar, honey and dark fruit. Some roastiness and bitter finish. Good beer.
Inbreak (2033) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 20.09.2013, 0,18l bottle (#679/1216, 2009 vintage) @ home:
Nice slightly bubbly mediumlasting head. Aroma is very balanced and rich, dark malts, licorice, chocolate, coffee, toffee, oak, vanilla, alcohol, some spices, hints of chili. Taste is mild and balanced, dark malts, oak, licorice, alcohol, dark sugar, coffee, even more licorice, cocoa, caramel, grass, vanilla. Longlasting mild bitterness, little carbonation, kind of a "thin" body because of the carbonation level. Still very nice!
Countbeer (4390) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Vintage 2009: #943/1216: To the 100 years excistence of PSV: Served in a wine glass:
A darker brown pour. A lively (light) brown foamy head, that seems to change into a lacing quick on top of a black colored beer.
Aromas of bourbon, vinous, nettle, roasted barley malts, hint of liquorice, vanilla, marzepin and cream.
The flavour is a gentle smooth mix of vanilla, spices, cream, roasted malts, bread, vinous, some liquor notes, a hint of marzepin, raisin, some marshmellows, bitters, creamy porridge and some creamy grainy notes.
Aftertaste is a mix of roast, bourbon, cream, light vinous, leaves, some malt, hay roast and vanilla.
Low carbo, soft creamy silky mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture.
This one is indeed the best of them all. Delicious! Was worth the time waiting for this one!
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/16/2011: Tsarina Esra Reserva... Aroma: Milk
chocolate and roasted malt; just a bit of vanilla sugar and caramel.
Appearance: Near black, opaque; mocha-colored crown. Flavor: Dark
chocolate, vanilla, dark malts, and a bit of alcohol; dry, dusty at
times in the middle; almost milky, coffee-like finish. Palate:
Medium body; calm and smooth; good mouthfeel. Overall: VERY good!<br
330 ml bottle (11% Alc; O.G. 1108; F.G. 1026) shared by alexsdad06.
Thanks Tom! Rating #242 for this beer.