dantheman278 (1358) - SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk - 400th rate! deep black pour, bubbly tan head quickly fades to almost nothing. Nose is peaty, coal, smoke, tiny hint of dark chocolate but not sweet. Thick coffee and peaty smoke flavours, something definitely burnt too. Definite streak of dark chocolate cocoa too. Very prickly carbonation but I think it’s necessary. Long deep sticky finish. Fascinating, and surprisingly drinkable once the palate adjusts to the flavours.
cgarvieuk (12170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home ... with Dan for his 400th ... deep black ... very short lived tan head ... dark roast malt ... chocolate ... light smoke ... light fizz .... dark roast ... dark meaty body ... light smoke ... nice dark malt roast ... hints of chocolate ... there no doubt that its smoked .. but the smoke isnt dominating it. nice
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Meduim brown head, black body with brown edge. Aroma is medium sweet, ash, wood smoke, some roast/coffee. Taste is moderately sweet, smoke, some ash, light roast. Creamy medium-full body.
Bragesnak (5027) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Ølbutikken, Copenhagen, DK.
Brown with off-white head. Aroma of peated smoke. Flavor with notes of malt and fruit.
after4ever (5728) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy dark tan disc of mousse atop. Dense sheets of lace coming down the sides. Big salty beef jerky nose. Not far off ASP territory here, really. Creamy medium body with fairly subdued carb. Salt, beef jerk, ash, roast, burnt toast, and campfire on the mid palate. Not quite the effervescence of ASP, nor the complex wood-smoked overtones carried through from the malt, so it’s not quite the presence that ASP is. But a big silky sweet interpretation of the roasty smoked black ales that fall out from that tradition.
Strykzone (4195) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2 oz. bottle. A black beer that has a thick funky head that is as dark as any I have seen. I get espresso in the nose and a little later smoke. The flavor is smoke, espresso, lactose, and dark fruit. There is a sourness that permeates and detracts. With warmer temperature some tart and bitter hops peek through but they are a minor theme. Alcohol arrives in spades in the finis. This one doesn’t really work for me and looks and smells much better than it tastes.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a deep black with thin tan head. Aromas are smoke, and sweetness, perhaps some alcohol as well. Taste is smoke, some chemical flavor, and more smoke. Flavor of window cleaner, not a fan of this one at all.
gunnfryd (9299) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at KØ-2011. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma issmoke, malt. Flavour is smoke, coffee, malt, hop, alcohol. Nice beer.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance is total black with a 1 finger brown head in a wide-mouthed abbey style glass, unreal head retention. Aroma is olive, smoke, bitter chocolate, coffee, and raisins. Taste is smoke, plums, smokey olives, bitter chocolate, and earthy hops. Body is super full, creamy, lower than avg carbonation, and a smoky smoky finish. Overall, overwhelmingly ashy, smoky, burnt, yet blanced by just the right amount of fruit. Awesome.
dEnk (3103) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Huge liquorice, leather, roasted malt aroma.
Flavour is deep bitter and earthy liquorice, but with an off slight sour note.