argo0 (12647) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2005 (draft, RBSG05) Big beige head eventually settles from the turbidity atop a red-black body. Aroma is sweet, coffee, roast, some vanilla, smoke, light chocolate. Taste is sweet, coffee, roasty, some vanilla chocolate. But really, it is all about the coffee. Coffee aftertaste that lingers and lingers (in a good way). Really smooth and creamy, full body. (8/5/8/5/17)
(660ml bottle, bottled 11/04, sampled 6/12/05) A soda fizz accompanies the pour, which yields a big brown milkshakish head atop a black body with red edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, roasty, some chocolate -- evokes a rich mocha torte. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, chocolate, some roast. FWIW, I noticed a cigarette smoke element about mid-bottle, but after a couple of sips, it went away. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, though it, accompanied by some herbal bitterness, does reveal itself somewhat in the swallow. Aftertaste is all coffee. Syrupy and smooth full body, very drinkable for a beer with this much oomph. Of course I was well aware of the warnings associated with the bottled version of this beer, but I am not disappointed -- this is a great beer in its own right, and I can only imagine how amazing the brewpub version must be. Only complaint I have (other than the cigarette quality) is not truly fair, i.e., a bit too much coffee. (8/4/8/5/16)
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium-sized creamy tan head. Aroma of strong coffee (good if you like coffee). Flavor of coffee and malt. Creamy, semi-bitter sweet palate. Thanks for sharing TChrome!
HenrikSoegaard (12270) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Creamy lightbrown exellent fully lasting head. Powerfull coffee aroma. Too much coffee flavor, chocolate notes but not powerfull enogh compared to the coffee notes. Creamy palate. Long bitter finsih but too many coffee notes.
Christian (12207) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a disappearing light brown head. Coffee (cold, day old coffee), ashes, licorice, charcoal in the nose, the coffee so dominating that I don’t sense beer. Intense flavour mixing coffee, chocolate, roast malt, and a touch of hop bitterness on a sweet background. A pleasant surprise after the aroma. But as always with flavoured and spiced beer, I prefer the flavouring subdued and the beer in the foreground.
FatPhil (12201) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2016 341ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki) (7:5:8:4:15=3.9)
Jet black, large tan head, settles to a small ring. Coffee and sweet spicy peppers aroma. Taste matches the aroma - coffee and even more spicy peppers. Slightly fizzy on the tongue, otherwise quite sticky in the mouth. Swirling it softens it nicely. Covers the alcohol perfectly. Great sipper, but so tasty you want to glug it. The spicy sweet peppers wow me all the way to the bottom. And the coffee’s not caricatured, all very well balanced.
Rerate: 341ml bottle - thanks martjoobolut (6:4:7+:4:14+=3.5++)
Peppers in the aroma, some coffee, some chilli. Lovely rich roast, but not harsh or astringent. Not getting the coffee so much. Beaniness almost completely gone. Drinkability very high, no sign of 9.5%. Still very good, but it’s missing the extreme yumminess of the previous one.
Ratman197 (12166) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 4, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured an opaque black with a lasting creamy brown head with good lacing. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, vanilla and roastiness. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roastiness, coffee and light vanilla with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
jtclockwork (12142) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Crude oil black and tarlike. Coffee notes with a bit of bite on the palate. Frothy latte head. Other subtle flavors include caramel, cereal, chocolates, nuts and spice. Rated 7/2/09.
Lubiere (11951) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
May 2005. Deep black with a thick brown head. Freshly ground coffee beans, very roasted and pungeant, with notes of spices, rosemary-like. In mouth, Rich coffee taste with intense roasted beans, sweet vanilla. Rich bodied, grainy mouthfeel, challenging.
Benzai (11865) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Sorbon, Bromma July 31 2011. Opaque black, small light brown head. Smell a lot of coffee, plus roasted and burned malts. Taste coffee, roastyness and dark chocolate. Oily texture, alcohol well hidden. Very good beer. Thanks Madeleine for recommending this;)
jcwattsrugger (11752) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.5oz bottle @Tampa Wkly Gathering–pours a light brown head that laces and black color. Aroma is anise, ashy, some acidic. As it warms coffee too. Taste is coffee-dark malt, ashy, some acidic hops. Not my taste but nice.