Yorker (1198) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and liquorice. Flavour is much like the aroma – with some warming alcohol and a bitter finish.
Linnet (1108) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget.
Ar: heavy roastiness, coffee, dark chocolate, grains, roasty, alcohol, soy sauce, licorice, earthy, tar.
Black colour, small Brown head, lacing.
T: big bite, light sweetness, heavily sour, salty, heavy roastiness, lots of alcohol.
P: medium body, full body, thin feel, lively, bitter and warming finish.
Borresteijn (4686) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
66cl Bottle shared with caesar and theJvD. Black colour, thin beige head. Aroma of loads of sweet vanilla, vanilla biscuits, sweet coffee, hint of chocolate. Flavour is very sweet, sticky, vanilla biscuits, coffee, chocolate, light tingle from I think the fine carbonation, bittersweet finish with more vanilla. Full-bodied. Excessive beer, a little too sweet for me, but certainly enjoyable.
FenrisWolf (36) - - SEP 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an ebon color with a thick tan head. Aroma has a distinct vanilla and coffee feel. The taste follows right behind the smell with a delicious coffee and chocolate feel. Pleasantly surprised.
TheJvd (864) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Beer Temple. Pours pitch black with almost no head. Aroma is sweet with lots of vanilla, biscuit (gesuikerde kaakjes), some roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is also quite sweet, but not too sweet with roasted malts, biscuit and again loads of vanilla and a little bit of alcohol. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Quite sweet but not too much, well made.
caesar (5131) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled @ Beer Temple, medium sample. Dark color, short head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, biscuit, cookie, loads of vanilla. Quite sweet in taste, but strangely enough not too sweet, because it’s backed up with lots of biscuit and chocolate. Creamy body, velvety vanilla. It’s not a hype, it’s a bloody great beer.
Ktwse (2002) - SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2014 Pours black with a finger of tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, muscovado, earth, light vanilla, dates, and actually biscotti. Taste is sweetish with hints of bitterness in the background, followed by rich boozy port bittersweet. Very long chocolate bitter finish. Body is rich and creamy with soft carbonation.
Edit: second test. One year old bottle from cellar. Nose is similar, rounded and sweet. Taste is more prominently bitter with the sweetness more as a background boozy sensation. Body is lighter and with far more carbonation. It's not improved. One more down there, we'll see what will happen a year from now...
TheJestersBeer (2076) - SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2013 Draught @ Bishop Folkis.
Pours a pitch black with a Brown head.
Compact, roasted aroma, loads of coffee and vanilla, chocolate, licorice, bisquits, almonds.
Off-dry, full bodied, high bitterness, creamy CO2.
Rich, complex, compact taste, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, tobacco, coffee, caramel.
A monster, but a very balanced and enjoyable one. (2013-09-11) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Inbreak (2131) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - SEP 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 22.06.2013, 0,66l bottle sampled @ The Festival Portland Maine:
Small brown shortlasting head. Aroma is espresso, dark sugar, chili, cocoa, caramel, grass, licorice. Taste is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, sour coffee, dark sugar, chili, grass, caramel, cocoa, oak, citrus peel. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel, a nice warming chili touch. Nice one!
EricTeusink (688) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think I prefer the Ballast Point, but this is still a delicious beer. Pours deep, dark brown with a tan head that leans toward brown. Scent is chocolate with small hints of coffee. Flavor is sweet with slight tinge of bitterness. Palate was a touch thin and left me feeling like there was a bit of dust in my mouth. Draft - Brick Store Pub - Decatur, GA