UXO (591) - CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque brown/black with one finger of tan head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is dark chocolate, coffee with milk, roasty dark malts, vanilla. (9/10) Taste is moderate sweet, mild bitter. (9/10) Full slightly creamy body, low sustained carbonation, sticky mildly bitter finish. (4/5)
Excellent. Nice complexity of bitter flavours from the roasted malts, with the usual suspects of coffee and dark chocolate making appearances, but tempered by a lactose sweetness that adds a milky flavour, assisted by the creamy texture. The hop bitterness is not first apparent, but is gradually revealed during the long complex finish. Another stellar beer from DDC. (17/20)
shorlin (714) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What else do you want in a pour: solid black, rocky tan head and lacing. Aroma is roasty coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, vanilla with a slight roasty bitterness at finish. Finish is long lasting and complex. Really delicious.
oliodnb (437) - ITALY - DEC 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
341ml bottle. Pours black with a thick foamy light brown head. Aroma has a lot of milky sweetness with notes of coffee, chocolate and vanilla with light roasted notes. Taste is similar with a more robust roastiness (ground coffee} helping to balance the sweet side. Light final bitterness, medium body, light carbonation. Excellent.
k0mpsa (1490) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from saveur bier. Black color, brown head. Aroma is nicely cocoa, roasty, smooth. Taste is nicely full bodied, cocoa, vanilla, smooth palate.
Ragnampiza (585) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
341 ml bottle from Birra+. Looks almost pitch black in the glass, impossibile to see through, with a nice, creamy and relatively persistent dark brown head. Mesmerizing smell, so rich and clean. Sweet milk chocolate, espresso coffee, mou/toffee candy, slightly toasted dark malts and vanilla beans. Surprisingly way more bitter than sweet, which is odd considering the aroma. Big coffee bitterness, very roasty and almost smokey feel as well, quite smooth with no alchool presence at all. Vanilla and licorice forward aftertaste. Average carbonation, medium body, slightly oily texture. Very, very nice.
kingstoni (1644) - FINLAND - DEC 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep brown color with a medium sized foamy brown head. Aroma of vanilla, coffee and cocoa. Bitter, roasty taste.
artmcd8 (1998) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from VE. Pours a dark dark brown with a medium brown head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, some light maple/coffee. Taste is slightly sweet, slight acrid dark malt aftertaste. Medium body and medium light carb.
cpetrone84 (1581) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is black with a small amount of fairly tight beige head. Nose is bitter dark chocolate, faint vanilla, moderate bourbon and some charred barrel notes. The wood gets a little strong in back but fairly rich malt aromas. Flavor is very similar, a fair bit of dark rich malt, bitter chocolate, light vanilla notes. Bourbon mid palate, a little nutty, charred and woody towards the back. Light roasted malts and the char carries through the finish with some bitterness. Extremely full bodied, creamy, soft, and still has a moderate amount of carb to it.
flying_pig (1059) - SCOTLAND - DEC 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
341ml Bottle from the Brewdog Online Shop (£3.50):
Another Dieu du Ciel beer that I thoroughly enjoyed, it was highly drinkable from the start with a good mix of dark malts, chocolate sweetness and hints of coffee and fruits all combining very well indeed. Whilst not quite a classic it was a very good beer that I wouldn’t mind picking up again if it were a little easier to find in the UK; still it’s one well worth picking up if you get the chance.
gad905 (198) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft, BD ShepBush. Black, thin tan head fades to a not much. Nose of coffee, roast, dark chocolate, vanilla, toffee, slight prune. Tastes moderate sweet muscovado, vanilla, moderate bitter hop, coffee, roast, cocoa, slight roast acidity, dry roasty finish. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carb. Smooth, refined, delicious.