BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many a years had been spent waiting to see if they would bring it to Jax. The one time I was in Michigan, with every intent on sipping on this, I was too late for last call, with it laughing at me from behind itís translucent, 39 degree encasing. Well, Iíve finally found one; and what better beer to drink to my sending-off 6 month stay in Germany for school, as well as my 550th brew. Onto the beer: Pours deep, dark soy sauce black. No sign of light entering or exiting, like a black hole. Head was dark coffee and soda colored. Nose is fragrant coffee, vanilla, with lots of molasses and hops. Very clear with each item separated, but not deviated. Taste is a heavy smack across the palate. Thick, chewy, yet silky and smooth. The first bite is sharp, evening out into an artists palette , with dabs of chocolate, molasses, coffee (colombian), clove, more chocolate, more coffee, a nice abundance of hopes, and some sugar and spice for measure. Vanilla notes lead into frequent earth tones and at some point I felt as though I was describing a wine. No real off-setting areas, other than maybe a tad too sweet. But damn, I hope I can find something like this over here in Germany
angelkostvo (1111) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black colour, mocca head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, roasted malts. Taste is light to medim sweet, light to medium bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. Rating 1111.
indrekr (359) - ESTONIA - JUL 21, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: black, clear, brown foam, rocky head, lasts well. Aroma: roasty, bread, cocoa, sour. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, really nice balance. Roastiness appears in taste. Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, light astringent, long bitter aftertaste.
mR_fr0g (8492) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from beer gonzo. Hard to come by this beer in the UK. Just a casual top 50 beer of a Tuesday evening. A creamy viscous opaque black coloured pour with a lasting dark tan head. Aroma is nicely layered earthy roasted malts, Hickory smoked wood, toasted coconut shaving, treacle and some tangy berry fruits in there as well. Palate is full bodied and creamy, velvety smooth, maybe a little on the sweet side. Moderate carbonation stops it from being overtly cloying. Flavour is composed rich dark chocolate, roasted grains, treacle and bitter liquorice. Rounded sweet finish with some acrid roasted notes. Very enjoyable.
VDuquerroux (1146) - Airvault, FRANCE - JUL 17, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A sparkling black beer with a big brown creamy head ; good retention and lacing. Roast, coffee, black chocolate, light herb, toasty note. Medium sweet, medium to heavy dry bitter warming. Full body, elegant, light creamy texture, soft carbonation, dry bitter lasting coffee finish. Overall, awesome beer !! Great story and body. A delicious dessert.
RexTalionis (3467) - FINLAND - JUL 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark in color with an offwhitw head. Chocolate and dark fruityness in aroma. Dark chocolate and some coffee in taste. Smooth.
Kauge (1525) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 11, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Uba ja Humal. Bottled 06.11.2015 (i.e 8 months ago). Pours near black with a tan head that ainít big but retains around the edge. Aroma of chocolate fudge cake with rum, vanilla and figs, raisins... Thick... Tastes oh so sweet, liquid chocolate fudge cake, hint of tobacco. Heavy on the tongue, very fine but somewhat active carbonation, considerable tobacco / black tea bitterish finish. Even slightly burning hoppiness. Oh man. I wonder what itís like after aging... Would love to know... Lovely stuff, pretty much exactly the way I like my Impies.
Enteogenisk (119) - BŚlsta, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle in wine glass. I wasnít expecting this beer to be so good. Pours beautifully in black leaving a perfect brownish 2 mm head. Aroma is full of coffee and roasted caramel that both comes forth in great complexity on the palate. Long evolving finish that is really world class. Glad to see it has the proper score here on RB.
Alphadelic (2128) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is nice and toasty but I definitely get a bit of cardboard in there too. When it comes to flavor though, this is bomb. Deep molasses, coffee and chocolate, a light smoky roast. Wonderful finish on it. Long and robust.
Werckmeister (1895) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JUL 8, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,355l bottle at home. PKGD (packaged?) 11/06/2015. almost black color, small dark coffee-colored head. smells roasty, light alcohol, coffee, light wood, lightly glueish, some sherry, earthy, also coffee, hints of dried fruits. nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes roasty, light licorice, light alcohol, a bit glueish, some dried fruits, raisins. finishes light roasty with notes of raisins and some alcohol. not bad but also not that spectacular. had this at the same time with dark horse plead the 5th, and that one wins by a margin.. overall still very nice beer though.
ozzy70 (628) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 6, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Brix, west Omaha location. Consumed while watching the boys blow off fireworks on the 4th. Pour is black, huge foamy tan/brown head. Aroma is coffee, a sweet smoke, dark chocolates, sweet bourbon, sycamore wood. Taste is ashy, smoky, bitter chocolate, bourbon barrel, alcohol is apparent, but not overly aggressive.