ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass. From notes.
A: Pours a pitch black color. There isnít much head, just a small tan-colored film. This has some nice alcohol legs, it must be said.
S: This is really chocolaty, with a pleasant backing of black coffee. I really love all the chocolate in the aroma - while itís simplistic, the way the two notes coalesce is really great. A simple but very effective aroma.
T: There is a ton of strong dark chocolate to open the flavor profile up. This sensation gradually builds up a coffee tone on the back end. Between the two flavors is a notable cookies íní cream flavor to balance. Tons of flavor help make this a winner, though it could be a tad more complex. Who cares, though?!
M: This isnít quite as creamy as Iíd expect a sweet-ish stout to be. Having said that, it features a good body and some nice viscosity. Poor carbonation means the sweetness sticks around for a while on the palate. Despite that, thereís no hint of the 11.5% on either the flavor or feel, and it goes down quite easily.
O: I love how chocolaty this is, and how balanced the coffee come across. Having said that, I donít know if itís quite as good as Founders Breakfast Stout. Certainly, itís an excellent coffee brew, but Iím not sure itís worth its exorbitant price. Even if this were just $10/bottle, I would consume this like water. Iíd still buy it again at $18 a bottle, though.
Yorker (1604) - 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 Ė with some warming alcohol and a bitter finish.
Linnet (1313) - 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 (5418) - Zaandam, 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 (958) - 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 (5799) - 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 itís backed up with lots of biscuit and chocolate. Creamy body, velvety vanilla. Itís not a hype, itís a bloody great beer.
Ktwse (2811) - 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 (2258) - 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 (2886) - 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!