TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nov., 2004 bottling: Virtually opaque black. Big rich-tan bubbles condense into a fine layer of cream. Heavily charred aroma with tar, smoke, richly earthy java, burnt custard, and potting soil. Fairly phenolic. Pleasingly dense in body. Mostly soft and velvety carbonation, yet with a fine tingle of spritz. Opens with a poignant sting of char and a snappy but relaxed phenolic bite. Sneaky java intensity slowly develops an extremely smoky and nutty earthiness and glides down like liquid tar and burnt chocolate fudge. Bittersweet notes of unsweetened cocoa and black chocolate truffles fuse with well managed coffee- and malt-derived acidity to add more layers of depth. Rich java anchors the drier char elements and tugs the palate downward with significant force. Meaty as all get out. Tannic alcohol warms the body and lends dryness, but is otherwise a non-factor. Perceptible nuttiness and roasted grains complement the rounded inky and salmiakki overtones. Finishes with snippets of vinous acidity and ashen malt dryness, but otherwise decidedly punishing and potent with lingering espresso beans bathing in fudge and tar. This is a journey in a bottle. (9/4/8/4/17=4.2)
Draft: Dark brown. Creamy gray-tan foam. Bittersweet aroma of charcoal and coffee. Surprisingly simplistic. Somewhat dense in body, but overly gritty from the nitrogen. Initially nutty with roasted malts and softening hints of coconut milk. Mild buttery espresso flavor cuts the acidity and dryness from the heavily charred coffee character. Bittersweet chocolate center. Gobs of char flavors, ranging from burnt matchsticks to charcoal. Hint of crystallized sugar compounds the firm char. Moderately slick ink flavors. The coffee begs for some malt complexity to curtail its acridness, but it never arrives. Finishes dry and gradually more subdued in its intensity. After judging this from the bottle, where it really sparkles, I see no reason to nitrogenate this. (7/4/7/3/14=3.5)
jayzz (193) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really tasty and satisfying. Like put u in a good mood easily. The 9.5 abv is masked. Beautiful.
Brouwerij (883) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Alemax. Pours dark brown with quickly settling tan head, no lace. Aroma is big, sweet coffee, toffee, roasted, vanilla, banana. Flavor is sweet up front, caramelized sugar, raspadura, with a roasted, dark chocolate finish, coffee finish. Rich, sweet imperial stout. Very soft carbonation, medium body, very smooth texture.
khays (9) - - APR 10, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark beer, thick head that quickly dissipates. Smells sweet, malty, banana and coffee, decaying tropical fruit. Tastes sweet, coffee, slightly burnt malt, molasses, black current. Bitter finish and far to easy to drink.
A powerful brew with no shortage of flavour. Nice mouthfeel.
Christopsy (80) - SCOTLAND - APR 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Keg at BrewDog Aberdeen. Roasty coffee notes on the nose and in flavor. A wee bit of treacle, but not sweet. Thin brownish head.
auee92 (8) - Lawrenceville, USA - APR 9, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: coffee, toast, roasty, chocolate, alcohol,
Appearance: black, minimal head, tan foam,
taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
Palate: medium body, creamy, slick feel, thick feel, flat, long finish, soft carbonation,
Handypaul (160) - - APR 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours black with almost no head and leaves no lace. Nose of burnt coffee, burnt malt, dusty/ashen malt and a little licorice. Heavy sweet and medium bitter, oily to creamy texture, soft carbonation, full body and a lingering bitter finish.
AWISLguy (1048) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ray’s in Tosa. Has a black pour with a brown head leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. And coffee. Taste is of rich espresso with sweet cream. Light chocolate presence, but all coffee. Smooth and terrific! Medium to full bodied. Finishes long and luscious with a great blend of bitter and sweet. Faint alcohol presence. Terrific brew.
Beerhunter111 (5300) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 5, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sehr dunkelbraunes, fast schwarzes Bier mit schöner bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr intensiv röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, wunderbares Bier.
ljthiessen (159) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a very nice mocha head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, light cherries and a bit of cream. Sweet, creamy flavour with lots of coffee, some chocolate and hints of dark fruits as it warms. Incredibly tasty, although not overly complex.
John25 (189) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Deep black with a thin tan ring around the edge. Coffee and roasted malts on the aroma. The taste really brings out the coffee with dark roast and bitter notes. The alcohol adds a perfectly rich, warm element to the mouthfeel but, it's not strong. This is all around great. Love it.
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