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RATINGS: 720   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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New recipe, new label, new year.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1535) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2016
33cl bottle. Pitch black pour with a medium height tan head with modest retention. Notes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, some dark cherries, molasses and licorice. The alcohol could be a bit more hidden, but otherwise this is a solid beer, smooth mouthfeel, full bodied and with a chocolate bitter-sweet taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hammy78 (961) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle. Pours a complete opaque colour, thin dark khaki head, lace clings to the glass walls.Nose is sweet roasted malt, cinnamon, gingerbread cookies. Tastes a little smokey, deep roasted malts, sweet caramel, molasses, gingerbread cookies, cinnamon, bitter. Thin mouth feel, a little ABV heat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (2221) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - MAY 26, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2016 0,33l bottle at home. black color, small dark coffee colored head. No obvious BB date. smells of cocoa, vanilla, dried fruits, raisins, spices, milk chocolate, nice smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes peppery, spices, some dried fruits, raisins, alcohol, some cocoa, vanilla, earthy, bit glueish, light roast. finishes lightly roasted with notes of spices, pepper and some earthy notes. good one, quite smooth, some vanilla and rather spicy, overall very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andriesradu (681) - ROMANIA - MAY 21, 2016
Pours pitch black with a moderate brown head. Nice chocolate, light roasted malt, sweet. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, notes of chocolate, alchool,light roasted. Sticky, creamy mouthfeel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1407) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2016
355 ML bottle Pours dark cola color and settles black, with some hints of ruby. Dark brown colored head, spotty lacing and some ABV legs. Falls to a good collar. Nose is dark fruits, slight smoke, vanilla, chocolate and roasted grain. Little element of smoke or cigar smoke that makes this a bit odd. Good dark fruit components. Taste is juicy dark fruits, roasted grain, watery coffee, and tobacco. Kind of in a way a smoked pork. Chewy as in a lot going on up front but overall body wise it is a little watery and kind of Meh. Medium bodied, light carbonation. A lot fo smoke and tobacco in the finish. If this was beefed up a bit more, say to 12% this could be interesting. Wants to work but does not.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LesArgen (312) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 14, 2016
Evil twin Brewing’s attempt to create the perfect 10% alcohol beer continue with this offering. It has notes of chocolate, rum, raisin, talcum powder and vanilla in the aroma. The aftertaste is reminiscent of cocoa powder with lots of raisins and alcohol also prominent. The alcohol almost disguises a healthy amount of hops which linger on the tongue as the booze does its work in the throat.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LRonCupboard (38) - ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2016
Bottle from Barny’s. Gets good scores, but honestly didn’t see what the fuss was about. Aroma is roast malt, bit of coffee and chocolate and quite a bit of smoke/ashes. Pours black with a creamy tan head which hangs around. Rauch theme continues in taste, but not in a particularly pleasant way - I have come across better attempts at introducing smoke into ISs. Fairly average carbonation and a fairly full body. Overall, a disappointment

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (4190) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2016
Bottle. Pours Black with a thin brown head. Doesn’t leave a ton of lacing in the glass. Has a lot of roasted malt on the nose. Definitely on the drier side with a fair amount of roast on the tongue.Finishes Clean. Hides its booze well. It’s a solid beer but doesn’t strike me as an outstanding one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (14122) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2016
Bottle @ home. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized brown head that lasts for a decent while. Aroma is malts, dark malts, chocolate, lightly roasty. Taste malts, dark malts, chocolate, light roast and a nice dark malt bitter. Oily texture, full body, medium quite firm carbonation for a beer like this. Still, quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (2221) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 14, 2016
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 4-7-16. Dark brown. Small to moderate amount of short-lasting, dark taupe head. Dark amber hue. Nice shade of head. Scents of chocolate, chocolate chip muffin, caramel, and banana bread. Dusty aroma. Char and tar atop a really nice malt base. Herbal, piney, almost spicy taste. Cumin and curry flavors. Even a touch of mint cotton candy, though it’s far from cloyingly sweet. Dry finish. Tarry aftertaste. Full body. Smooth and oily in the palate. Fairly lively. Good across the board, but not great.


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