hopscotch (9730) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Space Coast Craft Beer Festival 2011 … Pours very dark (probably black – poor lighting in the venue keeps it a mystery) with a HUGE, frothy beige head. Upon first glance, I’m thinking “infection,” but am quickly proven wrong by the uber chocolaty, deeply roasted, licorice-laded nose. Medium to full-bodied and quite fizzy. The flavor is a surprise, but of the pleasant variety – black patent, chocolate and caramel malt dance across my palate, but in a dry, lightly sweet, reserved way. Whether planned or not, a brett-like yeast has crisped things up, thinned things out and muted any sharp bitterness or overbearing sweetness that may have been present in the beer when first bottled. Crisp, chocolaty, dry finish with deep, wet kisses of chocolate, espresso, licorice and alcohol heat to remind me that a brewer and bacteria can alter a malt-loaded imperial stout, but neither can completely beat a good one down. Reminds me a lot of a bretted brown ale I tried several months ago at a tasting down in Hollywood, Florida. That was a triumph of a brew… and so is this. Bottle courtesy of Plovmand!
RasmusOtt (1290) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2014 Pours dark with a huge brown head. Aroma of liquorice, caramel, coffee and intense roastyness. Taste of hard roasted malts, coffee, bitter liquorice and some hops at the end. Some sensable alcohol and dryness in there.
saxo (14348) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Huge head that unfortunately went over the top of both glass and bottle and kept flowing for 3 minutes straight! Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich licorice, coffee, chocolate, roast malt and hops.
anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor with some hints of licorice. Has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
7th March 2011
Bottle from the Struise beershop. Cloudy brown beer, frothy tan head. Semi dry palate. A little prickly carbonation. Rich dark malt with a strong coffee streak. Some cream as well. Joins up nicely and in to a very drinkable beer.
Countbeer (4827) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Fonefan.
This one gushed but not in the way that much beer was lost, it gushed a snake of foam. 3 glasses full and the foam kept coming!
After a while, when the airy brown foam disappeared, a deep dirty brown beer appeared.
Smell hops, coffee, hints of liquorice, spices, toffee, a a slight hint of earth.
Taste is a nice mix of coffee, wood, alcohol, whiskey, liquorice, grass, herbs, dark fruits, raisin, fresh, roasted malts, light bitter, brown sugars and a touch of dryness.
Very nice coffee grass aftertaste.
After the foam disappears the beer had low carbo, a full body and a soft light dry mouthfeel. Watery texture.
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gushing to two glasses of dark greige foam, lasting annoyingly long and leading eventually to an ultimately dark brown beer. Dark chocolate or chocolate sauce, roasted aromas; hops, bark & undergrowth. Nice, because not too overpowering. Roasted, again chocolate (maybe a bit burned -sauce); bitterish and spicy, but with massive maltpresence underneath. Bit unidimensional, not really complex. Very well-bodied, oily, filling, and of course the impressive head with serious carbonation. Quite OK, but there’s better I.S. around.
back (1355) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:humle malt chokolade støv Ud.:kastaniebrun uklar Skum:nøddebrun korth E.smag:sød lidt bitter moderat Krop:medium For.:cremet Brus:livlig
f50cl 8/2-11 @f1
bierkoning (10649) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Almost black and opague. Pours a huge head. Dried red fruit and licorice in the aroma. Malty alcoholic flavor with roast, pipe tobacco, ash and licorice. Pipe tobacco in the finish. Maybe just a bit out of control, still delicious.
Bov (9876) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
from erzbierschof.ch - dark black beer under a giant very foamy dark beige head; roasted coffeish aroma with notes of vanilla; overcarbonated; and hugely sweet, a solid bitterness soon takes the control producing a confusing dichotomy; thick and oily, full-bodied; a long coffeish and slightly chocolatey roasted and fairly hoppy finish with warming alcohol notes