thorongil2 (1198) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(tap) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aromas of coffee, sweet cocoa; rich, balanced flavour with noticeable alcohol
Garrold (1241) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines, Birmingham. Clear, very dark brown. Just about black, really. Halo of tight, tan coloured head. Dark chocolate. Bonfire toffee. Treacle. Marzipan on the final sniff. Taste is thick sweetness. Then robust, chocolatey, roast malt dry. Coffee bean bitterness, followed by an apricot kernel, tangy, bitter finish.
thewolf (11158) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, bought @ Ølbutikken, Cph. Pours deep opaque black with a small, rather fizzy, beige head. Aroma has lovely dark chocolate, coffee, almonds and walnuts. Medium, fairly prickly carbonation, fine creamy and dry mouthfeel. Flavour is lovely, elegant, fairly sweet. Almonds, coffee, toasted caramel, light vinious. Lingering, chewy malty bitterness. Nice.
Beaver (1285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a medium creamy brown head that slowly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet fudgy chocolate with some roast, flowers and some tart fruit.
The flavor is sweet lactic chocolate with some roast coffee, vanilla, fruit and a fairly bitter finish. The alcohol is warming but not overbearing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, it’s OK. Too sweet and alcoholic for me. The floral fruitiness didn’t mesh well with the roast chocolate to me.
daje (2254) - NORWAY - APR 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Øltorget, january 10th 2014. Black body, dark brown head. Nice looking! Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, fruit. Taste of licorice, coffee, chocolate and vanilla pastry. Pleasant bitterness with a nutty chocolate finish. Excellent body with a nice complex taste.
BLADT (590) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Dark, dark brown. Almoat no head. Nose is liquorice, mocha and hazelnut. Taste is high percent cacao, espresso, mild cherry, and an unplacable nuttiness. Bitter. Oily.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - APR 17, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Black. Creamy brown head. No lacing that I can see.
Smell: Rich and delicious. Biscotti, I suppose. Coffee and chocolate laden. So much it’s ridiculous. I don’t get the alcohol one bit.
Taste/feel: To be honest, reminds me quite a lot of their Imperial Doughnut Break, as it has that same sort of doughiness (though not quite to the same extent), but with more and better flavor. Great creamy feel with a mild/moderate mouthfeel. Quite sweet, but also a deep roasted flavor with some bitterness on the finish. A lot of alcohol warmth here that dries the mouth right up. The alcohol can’t be tasted at all, but certainly felt.
Incredibly good beer. $18 for a 22oz bottle is definitely a pretty hefty price, but it’s also one hell of a hefty brew. A fantastic biscotti/dough/coffee/sweet nose that tastes almost just as good. A big beer that’s well worth trying. One of the best beers I’ve ever had, for sure. A bit on the sweeter side, but that’s to be expected from this beer, I think... but that’s just a nitpick. Buy this beer.
Westmeister (1732) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at Classic City Beer Fest. Thick dark brown pour with mocha head. Dark cocoa and thick coffee, with some dark fruits, nutty. Thick velvet mouth. Lovely and bold.
RexTalionis (2411) - FINLAND - APR 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours black in color with a tan head. Roasted malts, chocolate, hazelnuts and vanilla in aroma. Rich and strong. Very smooth mouthfeel. Milk chocolate with roasted coffee and vanilla in taste. Really nice tasting, the drinkability is really on a high level and no sign of the abv here. More on the bitter cocoa side towards the finish.
Renobob (619) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bue à la pression. Couleur noir profond. Amande et vanille au nez, qu’on retrouve au palais. Puis finale sur le café avec une légère amertume. Le tout superbement équilibré.