ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a nearly pitch black color. The head stands tall at three fingers high, khaki shaded. Texture-wise, it seems more soapy than creamy, but still, this has good retention for a 10% beer. Some spotty patches of lacing are left behind.
S: This has a lot of licorice for my tastes. Seriously, a lot. Apart from that, this beer still brings the roast, still brings the chocolate, and even brings something resembling peat. There’s even some slight citrusy hops floating around. Even with all the aniseed, this has a very appealing aroma.
T: I said the aroma brings the roast. Well, that’s not the case here - because it REALLY brings the roast, like a charred sledgehammer. The roasted notes are mainly clustered near the finish; before that, it starts with a combination of fruitiness and licorice. It also finishes with slight wisps of chocolate and booze (just enough to add to the experience, mind). I’m really enjoying how charred the roasted malts are in particular.
M: It starts off really dry finishing in spite of the creamy body, and combined with its slightly thin body, gives it great drinkability. The finish becomes becomes a lot wetter as more is consumed - it’s almost like said feature is an omen for me to stop slamming this. Too bad, because I absolutely adore a slammable imperial stout (Black Albert, anyone?) Carbonation is medium.
O: Make no mistake, this is really damn good. A bit pricey for me to purchase this frequently, though. Highly recommended for roast lovers.
dinkle50 (1134) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black pour with an espresso head. Aroma of chocolate bread. Full syrupy mouth. Taste is sweet at first, lots of cocoa. Finishes super bitter, like sucking on chocolate malt. Bitterness isn’t overwhelming. Very nice.
pinkzambia (1641) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Brown with reddish tints and aroma of bitter sweet chocolate. Sharp, tangy flavors with a thin finish.
rouhlas (965) - GREECE - JUN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From old notes. From tap at Olrepubliken, Goteborg. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, caramel, coffee, licorice, dark chocolate. Sweet and heavy bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily body with soft carbonation
beeratarian (160) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from a bottle black and thick, but not the thickest. Aroma of spice and toasty malts. Flavor is rich but not sweet, not super thick but big as is. Pretty nice and would age very well. Putting one away for a few...
melush (1270) - SPAIN - JUN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2015 Bottle 33cl / Botella 33cl.
@ XXXII The Great Power of Beer & Wine.
A: Dark brown / Marron oscuro.
T/S: Roasted malt, sweet, chocolate, coffe / Malta tostada, dulce, chocolate, cafe.
NikkTwist (1968) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Eulogy during a Philly Beer Week event. Very dark brown opaque pour with some soft beige foam. Light lace. Not much aroma. Giant dark malt flavors. Molasses. German black liquorice candy. Charcoal grill. Burnt pumpernickel. Also some black fruit notes. Currents. Blackberries. Black plums. The high ABV is well hidden. Bit sweet up front but finishes remarkably dry. Nicely done.
zacgillbanks (3090) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is an inky black beer that pours with a thin brown head of foam. It has a sweet liquorice and red fruity flavour, roasted and nutty notes followed by sweet plum, currants and more liquorice and bitter, dark chocolate in the finish. Excellent!
Beerhunter111 (10321) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sehr dunkel orangebraune Farbe, ordentliche bräunliche Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr schokoladig, viel Kaffee, röstmalzig bitter. Geschmack sehr schokoladig, Vanille, viel Röstmalz mit einer dezenten Bitterkeit, alkoholisch, lecker!
TXBadger (1886) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown almost black color with khaki colored head. Roasted malt, coffee, and another aroma I can’t quite put my finger on; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a weird flavor, like mushrooms.
CallmeFunG (1) - - MAY 14, 2015 does not count
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, caramel. Pretty foam and thick. Malty sweet, acrid,toasted malt bitter,aftertaste of bittersweet .