faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - MAR 21, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled in 2007. Pours a pitch black colour with a big well lasting creamy brown head leaving a very nice lacing. Aroma of well roasted malt and pepper, nice dark chocolate and some alcohol. Very good mouthfeel. The flavour has a great soft roasted maltiness with black pepper, good roasty coffee, dark chocolate, bitter hops and a mild touch of alcohol. Long lasting roasty dark chocolate spiced finish. Lovely spiced Imp. Stout!
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black with a huge, nice and creamy head. The aroma has as expected very strong coffee notes, but also dark roasted malt and a light sweetness. The flavour has a roasted bitterness, notes of coffee, coffee, coffee - and OH, yes - coffee. It’s a strong, dark roasted and bitter coffee, but it’s nicely balanced by a light and smooth sweetness with hints of sugar-glaced fruits and burnt, preserved figs. It’s a really nice beer, but probably not, if you do not like the taste of coffee!
larstangaa (104) - DENMARK - MAR 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serveret hos Frank ved brygdag marts 2008.
Tung kaffesag, uhørt brændt (på den fede måde) og tør. Mættende, bitre chokolade-hints.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 bottling courtesy of matta. Thank you, sir.
Been wanting this one for a very, very long time. Black, inky, dark as hell pour slugs out of the bottle. Huge dark mocha head forms immediately, and doesn’t budge. Sheets of lacing adorn the sides of the glass once the head finally decides it’s had enough. Nose is huge, and almost all coffee. Fresh ground coffee, espresso, chocolate, dark malts and fruity esters and some licorice as well. Smells fantastic, and I’m not the biggest coffee lover in the world. In fact, I never drink the stuff. But this has me enamored. Flavor profile is dead on to the aroma, huge amounts of everything that was promised, if only a baby step below the aroma in terms of intensity. Full, viscous body and mouthfeel, very chewy and formidable. Super long finish makes it seem like I’ve been drinking coffee non-stop all day long, with hints of chocolate and fruits as well, and maybe the smallest amount of vanilla. World class.
2007 bottling courtesy of Gillard. Thank you, sir.
Much more abrasive than it’s aged brother, but still a good beer, just needs time to mellow.
7 / 5 / 7 / 5 / 15 / 3.9
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
07 bottle thanks to DragonStout. Poured a deep brown color with a thin tan head that diminished to a layer. Aroma of coffee grounds and light chocolate. Flavor consists of sharp bitter coffee with a tart hit leading into light chocolate and more roasted coffee flavor. Seemed a bit thin on the palate, light finish. Not really outstanding in any one area, but perhaps letting it age a while would smooth things out. Still a nice beer to try, thanks Brian.
lofo (4) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bière de couleur noire avec des reflets marron, claire et brillante. Légèrement pétillante, elle laisse, lors du service, un col très léger et éphémère de couleur café au lait. Les arômes sont intenses : café Expresso, chocolat noir, mélasse, anis, vanille, amertume et un agréable parfum d’alcool. Le goût est tout aussi intense et riche, le café ajouté est très présent sans jamais être désagréable, ce n’est pas une bière aromatisée mais un mariage harmonieux de ces deux boissons. L’arrière-goût est long, ponctué surtout de grain de café et de chocolat. L’alcool est juste, il réchauffe, il rehausse sans prendre trop de place et ce malgré 9,5%! La bouche est veloutée, sirupeuse et légèrement pétillante. De plus, cette bière est embouteillée avec originalité, l’image est jolie et le thème convient à une telle bière : délicieuse et forte, péchée et mortelle… Ce n’est pas digne d’une étiquette d’Unibroue, mais quand même, cet une belle pièce. Je remercie le diable pour le fait que je peux trouver des caisses de cette bière à un coin de rue de chez moi!
nwilder (40) - DENMARK - MAR 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours black as night with mahogany highlights and a light brown head. In the nose it comes across roasted and raiseny, almost burnt, with elements of coffee. The flavor is big and complex. Malt sweetness and alcohol, balanced by french-roasted coffee bitterness. The flavors fusing perfectly, propped up with a moderate carbonation and a lingering dark coffee element in the end.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Remember us. As simple an order as a king can give. Remember why we died.
He did not wish tribute, nor song, or monuments or poems of war and valor. His wish was simple. "Remember us," he said to me. That was his hope, should any free soul come across that place, in all the countless centuries yet to be, may all our voices whisper to you, from the ageless stones. Go tell the Spartans, passerby, that here, by Spartan law, we lie
And, so my king died. And my brothers died, barely a year ago. Long I pondered my king’s cryptic talk of victory, but time has proven him wise. For from free Greek to free Greek, the word was spread, that bold Leonidas and his three hundred, so far from home, laid down their lives...not just for Sparta, but for all Greece! And the promise this country holds! Now here, on this ragged patch of earth called Plateaea, Xerxes’ hordes face obliteration!
Just there the barbarians huddle, sheer terror gripping tight, their hearts with icy fingers...knowing full well what merciless horrors they suffered at the swords and spears of 300! Yet they stare now across the plains...at ten thousand Spartans commanding thirty thousand free Greeks!
The enemy outnumber us a paltry three to one: good odds for any Greek. This day, we rescue a world from mysticism and tyranny and usher in a world brighter than anything we can imagine!
Give thanks men, to Leonidas and the brave 300! To victory!!
Bottle courtesy blankboy.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2-24-08 bottle shared at tasting
Thick black pour with little to no real head. Smell is roasted and smoky and coffee. Flavor is nice and full of nuts, chocolate and loads of coffee. It has a great coffee presence that doesn’t overpower the beer but the palate is disappointing - it is weak.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate: Bottle at the Struise Farm during Urbain’s Post Zythos Struise Tasting.
Well the first line of the commercial description covers this one for me. Stunning, almost black, mahogany red with a very good tan head. Very roasty aroma with amazing, freshly ground coffee, great earthy notes and some really delicate hops give it a lot of added depth. Flavour is stunning. You have to really enjoy coffee for this one. It’s like espresso concentrate. Gorgeous chocolate malt and alcohol remind you that this is actually beer but I am having to fight the urge to put cream in it and start dunking the speculoos. Big nutty notes on a dry finish and a superb mouthfeel round it off perfectly for me. Damn it’s good. There is enough coffee to get high upon. F**kin’ amazing. Claudia says: "Can I have some sugar?"