dEnk (3103) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma is big peaty chocolate roast, wood whiskey liquorice etc. Flavour is huge peaty iodine roast liquorice. A bit weird, flavours not really blending. Still nice though.
_angst_ (2084) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours very dark blackish brown with a very small mocha head that quickly dissipates while leaving a very small trace on the glass. Smell is is malty, smokey and boozy with roasted malts, dark roast coffee with a couple of Scotch shots in it, peat, tar, charred wood, vanilla fudge, alcohol, single malt whisky, sweet dark bread, burnt caramel, hay and ammonium chloride. Taste is bitter, malty and smokey with sweet dark bread, burnt caramel, peat, tar, roasted malts, dark roast coffee, ash, burnt wood, soil, minerals, ammonium chloride, bitter chocolate, smoked meats and heavily peated whisky. Mouthfeel is round, roasted astringent, boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is bitter with roasted malts, burnt caramel, burnt cereal, hay, ash, peat, tar, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, alcohol and whisky. All the components are there. They just mix together in the worst possible way for some reason.
TBone (11188) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 330ml Peta1
Almost opaque black color, tiny brown head. Excellent peat-smokey aroma with some wood and licorice. Full-bodied, high viscocity. Roasted, lots of Isley whiskey peatyness and ... whiskey. Lingering smokeyness. Nice.
rlgk (8445) - Skövde, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a small beige head. Malty leather aroma, peat, dark chocolate, smoked, hay, floral, ash, cigarettes, cocoa, floral notes. Malty smoked flavor, peat, hay, floral, ash, cigarettes, woody, whisky notes, some vanilla, dark chocolate. Roasted peat and cigarette finish.
knotthead (13) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
No head, as black as the night. Powerful malt smell. Slightly acidic to the tongue, for an IRS. Nice coffee flavours, and the whisky is noticeable. Not quite dark enough for a higher rating, but overall a good experience.
tkrjukoff (3772) - SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at in de Wildeman. Pours pitch black with a small lacing brown head. Aroma is roasted slightly sweet smokey whiskey a bit fruity barrel. Flavor is smooth velvety smokey whiskey a bit astringent bitter fruity notes nice bitter smokey finish with a touch of warming alcohol.
Cuso (3369) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from trade with Countbeer, many thanks. Almost black color with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, peat, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee, earthy notes. Taste, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, medicinal notes, licorice, peat, wood. Alcohol is well present, but not in disturbing way. Tasty, full bodied beer.
Theydon_Bois (5251) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GBBF ’13, thanks to Paul for the pour, 16/08/13.
Light black with a tan covering.
Nose is peated malts, smokey, TCP, medicinal notes, chocolate, tar.
Taste comprises charred wood, bitter chocolate, earthy, dirt, tar, ash, smokey notes, TCP.
Medium bodied with bollocks, fine carbonation with a subtle warming alcohol burn.
Decent PIS (Peated Imperial Stout - yeah I crowned that fucker!). Alcohol is well integrated.
Scopey (4602) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at GBBF 2013. It pours near black/darkest brown with medium tan head. The nose is rich, roasty, medicinal, peat, earth, juicy, whisky, seaweed and toffee. The taste is rich-roasted malt, coffee, earth, peat, medicinal, ash, good bitterness, warming alcohol, TCP, wood and seawater. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Big Islay character. Rather delicious.
dnicolaescu (404) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
GBBF 2013 backlog. BOTTLE. Thanks to the RateBeer team.
Colour: black with amber highlight.
Aroma: very smoky, peaty and some alcohol passing through.
Taste: sweet and smoky, peaty, tarry.