CacheManyHose (42) - HONG KONG - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky pitch brown-black with almost no head - looks sticky but isn't. Big nose of coffee, roasted malts, lots of malty nutty sweetness, almonds, grapes, a little bit of raisin that's almost anise-y, very sweet like a fortified wine, almost. Can definitely smell the biscotti. The raisin smell made me slightly worried that I would find the taste too cloyingly sweet (as in many Belgian malty beers), but the flavour is big and deep even though it doesn't have much in the way of hops. But the flavour didn't disappoint - burnt roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, very sweet, almost spicy. This is a malty beer! Smooth but drinkable body with very tiny bubbles of carbonation and a little slickness. The 11% ABV comes through in the taste. Finishes sticky. A big, bold, very malty and very dark beer.
HonkeyBra (2882) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours near black with a tan head. Aroma of very sweet chocolate, raisins, mild roast, molasses. Perhaps some mild nuttiness. Flavor is bracingly sweet. Prunes, ink, and raisins, with some generic chocolate notes and maybe a bit of stale coffee. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. This is just not good at all.
Kapaopango (21) - SPAIN - DEC 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a opaque black with a frothy brown head. Aroma of coffe+chocolate (Moka) and almonds. Taste is really smoth with the almonds coffe and chocolate. The alcohol is very well hidden. It’s perfect! Cheers!
Gerbeer (1252) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle. Pours black with a moderate brownish head. Aromas of raisin bread toast, dried chocolate, vanilla latte, and heavily roasted malts. Flavors of rich coffee and cream, hints of dark chocolate, dried roasted malts, and toast. Dry, dusty finish with a bit of carbonation and quite a bit of alcohol.
Biere_Dieu (6) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Both sweet and bitter like coffee and biscotti with a faint mocha finish. Very dark and smooth with a light carbonation.
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brnandersen (1379) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
65 cl. bottle poured in to a snifter. Pitch black with a dense, tan head. Sweet, roasted aroma with coffee, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, nuts and almonds. Taste is sweet. Full body with a perfect velvety, thick texture - perfect! Soft carbonation. Long lasting dry finish with chocolate milk and red berries. No sign of the 11,5 % alc. Soft. Excellent.
boxofrane (1718) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours a viscous deep black that hits the glass and leaves virtually no semblance of a head. There are a few bubbles and a brown rim around the glass. The aroma is nutty and has some anise notes. It does make me think of biscotti honestly. The taste has milk chocolate, some almond notes, overall nuttiness.. letting it warm a bit now.. some vanilla is now coming through in the aroma.. maybe a soft coconut nuance.. the taste is becoming more roasty.. and has more chocolate on the finish. Very nice. Can’t wait for the Cherry version.
MaroonOrange (86) - - NOV 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black color with a dark head. Dark cherries, smoke, tobacco, and chocolate. Very sweet and smooth, but with a slightly light palate.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle served in snifter and tasted next to the Natale cherry version: As expected both beer look similar, deep brown near opaque with a lasting frothy tan head and spotty lace. The noticeable difference is the lack of cherries and the more pronounced coffee character. Leather, tobacco, char, earthy and herbal esters are the main tones of this beer. The taste is primary coffee, roast, and alcohol. A tad harsh and not all that complex really. Got one note very quickly... Boy it is amazing what the cherry addition will do for this, this is a vastly a lesser beer without it.
Dedollewaitor (13025) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ C4, Odense. Pours black with a creamy beige head. Really smooth and dry. Roasted and bitter with lovely chocolate , vanilla and coffee. Mild ashes and a whiff of metal. Good stuff - without a question.