eaglefan538 (2883) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a deep black with brown head with good retention, lacing decent but not perfect. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, and smoke. Flavor was vinous, licorice, chocolate, meaty smoke, molasses, dry ashtray smoke in the finish, a quite nice experience, on par with Bamberg but as a stout. Bamberg needs a RauchSchwarz to challenge this guy. Mouthfeel was smooth and fluffy big as in a dry stout but with some lingering stickiness on the lips. I’ve been out of regular ratings over the recent years, have been on a week long resurgence, and it is beers like this that provide a little spark to keep doing it. Great stuff for a brewer I indulged a handful of pricey stateside purchases at SL and with somewhat lower than published expectations - but so far so good. Rock on, evil twins!
MarcoDL (2135) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer with a thick brown head. Taste of roasted malt, licorice and some mild smoke. Quite balanced, good beer.
Marduk (2637) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 10, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap. Pitch black color. Tiny to almost no head. Malty, faint roast, faint iron in aroma. Metallic, sweet, milky, sourish taste. Cannot detect alcohol. Medium carbonation. Messy, very messy. Where is ash? Where is smokiness? Where is beer?
wvhoran (161) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a small tan head. Aroma is caramel, malty, chocolate, a little smoke. Flavour is indeed ashy, with a reasonably sweet body of molasses and caramel malt, a chocolatey and smoky finish. As is often the case with smoked beers this builds nicely. Lovely beer.
ElDesmadre (1524) - Mikołów, POLAND - JUL 2, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bierkoning, thank you! Wow, where to start... Ashtray, burned cables, tar, lots of tar. Lots of roast as well. Vanilla flavoured coffee notes. Peat and leather. Rakija and cachaca. Multilayered, yet skillfully combined into a single bullet. Nothing seems out of place in here, everything is perfectly blended together. Thick, sweet, warming. Extreme. On the sip, it feels like an oily imperial stout at first, before becoming remarkably drier in the finish, dispersing into all those more unusual notes of burned cables, leather and tar. The atypical flavours do not dominate, they are the spicing of an already excellent imperial stout that is deep, rich and flavourful. Yes, it kinda feels like having had a sip of an imperial stout drenched in an old ashtray but hey, why does it taste so good then?
vyvvy (3949) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a small deep tan head. The aroma has lots of smoke, smooth roast, chocolate, cream, milk and vanilla. The malt is peaty and well integrated with the rest. It has a medium body that is lighter than expected and has a bit of crispness and minor sharp carbonation. The flavor starts off with smooth deep roasted malt, light smoke, minor spice and cream. The finish has a bit of char and peat. Nice.
CacheManyHose (175) - HONG KONG - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Craftissimo. Ink black with sudsy oaty tan head. Smells of soy sauce and roasted malt - the combination of salt and roast makes me think of bacon. Background aroma of ash. Tastes smoky, very bitter hop, a bit of citrus, quite a burnt/sour finish. Slick but frothy body that has lots of residue/protein particulates. Big, very interesting beer that I'm glad I tried but probably too salty/burnt for me to want to rush out and buy again. Love the name though!
HKdIPA (227) - HONG KONG - JUN 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Craftissimo at home. Deep black pour with dense light tan head. Aroma is bacon, very smokey, roasted malts. Taste is a bit sour at first, hoppy bitterness, salty smokey finish. Palate is not as rich as it looks - it works. A bit of a silty/powdery palate too which isn't that noticeable but not nice. Interesting beer - glad to try but wouldn't get again.
Valgreen (646) - DENMARK - JUN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Fermentoren Aarhus. Pitch black, small tan head, some lacing. Aroma, roasted malts, smokey, coffee, liquorice, alcohol, molasses, dark chocolate. Taste, roasted malts, smoke, liquorice, dark chocolate, molasses.
kerenmk (2270) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks ArizviSG. Black, with tan head. Quite mild phenolic aroma, and sweet, then smoky with a little ash taste. Medium-to-full body, sweetish chocolate finish beneath all the smoke.