Palme (4086) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from a 0.65l bottle @ Top Hops (BA) Bottle Share. A deep dark almost black one with a nice deep brown sidesticking top. Lots of deep dark caramel sweetness in the nose, some spiciness also. I get thick chocolate, cocoa and roasted malts. So nice. Itís really smooth on the tongue this. A little bit of alcohol voice, dark malts with tarmac, dark fruits and roasted malts before I get hints of licorice and even a little bit of gunpowder in the finish and aftertaste. Yeah, this is just fantastic. 15.06.2013
TheHOFF43 (2039) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark black with brown head. Aroma is bourbon, dates, chocolate and soy sauce. Flavor matches aroma pretty well. Nice creamy beer, lots of bourbon on the tongue and booziness is great at the end.
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Wow, straight hit with figs, dates, and mild chocolate aromatics. Pours deep dark with nice fine head. Taste immediately hits with soft but strong chocolate, followed by more brashness from the fruit. Overall, a wonderful beer!
DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Taster at Standard Market. Dang, I missed the fact that Standard was having a Deschutes tap takeover Monday, But I just happened to walk in and find this retired beauty on tap, which I got to side-by-side with the XXV. This one has a heady smell of cocoa and stewed figs. Looks solid black, but then you notice the faint brown highlights along the sides. Taste is dark and a bit grainy, but not highly roasted. Has a slight bourbon note, even though I believe this is not BBA. Carries a light fizz that makes it a great alcohol delivery system. Picks up a little more Kahlua note toward the end.
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this on tap at Iron Barley in St. Louis. Very smooth. Very nice. Pours black. Toffee roast chocolate. Slightly sweet. Somewhat alcoholic. Nice.
deekyn (1459) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- pours an opaque cola brown with a light tan head. S- strong roasted malts, dates, marshmallow, pungent licorice, chocolate, grains, molasses, toffee, mincemeat spices, earth and vegetables. M- smooth and oily palate with a medium to heavy body. Carbonation is good and sufficient. T- alcohol, grains, graham crackers to start. Rich licorice, molasses, chocolate, cola, malts and some hop notes in the middle. Ending is long with a nice hop bite and chocolate, alcohol, rhubarb, tobacco and vegetables.
MrHangover (3903) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Deanís Birthday tasting, thnx to Bytemesis for shipping this. Pours a pitch black beer with a thick beige head on top. Aroma is heavily coffee, caramel, herbal, rosemary, dark chocolate and slight boozy and smokey. Flavour is quite sweet and herbal, full on the coffee and it has a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Awesome brew, very well balanced and nice complexity to it. Great!
jmgreenuk (7479) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Deanís Birthday Tasting, August 2013. Bottle courtesy of MrHangover. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin broken tan head. The aroma is rich malty fruit and alcoholic. The flavour is rich alcoholic,with roasted malt and lots of liqourice.
worldbeertaste (1795) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bug thanks to Mr.Hangover. Black as black can be, with no lace, beige, head. Deep smell of liquorish, roast, berry, plum, prune, spices and rosemary. Medium to full frothy body. Tastes of roasted malt, ash and a bitter finish. Dark chocolate with an slightly strong alcohol finish. I wish it was better but too strong and ashy.
kermis (9995) - Zeeman, NETHERLANDS - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Deanís birthday tasting big thanks to Mrhangover. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma is surprisingly herbal up front, with nettles, toffee, roast, dark chocolate, coffee, rosemary. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Light full bodied with soft carbonation.