jmgreenuk (6212) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JUN 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the Old Joint Stock, Birmingham. Poured almost black with a round light tan head. The aroma is roasty malt, molasses, alcohol. The flavour is moderate sweet with a rich roasty sweet malt, liqourice bitter, chocolate, big alcohol. Full bodied with soft carbonation and an oily mouthfeel.
danlo (1848) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Pours black in colour with a beige foam head leaving lacing. Aroma of molasses, roast malt, plum, chocolate & coffee, earthy. Taste is sweet malty, brown sugar, roasted notes, milk chocolate, dark fruits and earthy bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry warming roasted bitter finish. Very drinkable.
77ships (6195) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. bottle @ home. Purchased @ Malt Attacks. BBF 2024. Expensive brew especially for such a big brewery, it does come in a cardboard box which probably cost nothing to make. Blackish very dark brown, only handful of mocha bubbles on the side. Nose is umami syrupy mocha, cheap chocolate syrup, herbal note, good amount of liquorish which is a tad dominant. Taste is liquorish, herbal umami mocha, chocolate, feels rather thin esp. for an RIS of this ABV, big dark fruits, herbal coffee, light anise, plum, a bit boozy, herbal & liquorish finish, cheap chocolate mousse, light roast,.. A bit thin with soft carbonation. Good & certainly different from most RIS on the market. This may or may not be more representative of an old school English RIS but while it certainly wasnít bad, I have to admit to vastly prefer the modern thick sweet coffee & chocolate ones as opposed to this one is rather light more liquorish, soy sauce & dark fruit forward. It does grow on you.
MiP (14562) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - MAY 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 10.7% at Kō15. Black colour, small white head. The flavour is sweet and nicely roasted. Has a good creamy touch. Late dry liquorice note. Very nice.
harrisoni (15793) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Terre de Boissons Calais. Black beer lasting tan head. Lots of dark chocolate and roast malt on the aroma. Lovely and tasty and chocolate in the flavour. Really smooth. Itís just really good. Hides abv well. Stunning. Just super drinkable. Touch of salt maybe.
jinroh (839) - ESTONIA - MAY 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark black, bit of foam. Aroma full of meaty saltiness, umami. Nice and round. With some good roast thrown in. Taste also umami, balsamico. Meatiness. Roast is quite sharp, dry and sort of full of liquorice. Good. Aged for 2 years.
KyotoLefty (8138) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with lace. Nose of soy, dark chocolate, umami. Soy-coffee-umami flavor, salty, licorice, chocolate. Very salty. I think this will be great, but too young now.
TimE (4347) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pitch black color. Dark brown color. Lots of soy, dark fruit, unami with roasted malt a bit lacking, salty licorice. Very salty mouth, briny mouth, soy, dark fruit, the mouth is a bit thin, but needs a bit more time.
Percy0103 (317) - MEXICO - MAY 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, 500ml. A pitch black beer with a minimal red hue at the bottom and a medium size brown head. It has a lot of aromas, like coffee, nuts, spices, alcohol, anis and some herbs. Taste is bitter and gets an smoked character at the end. Robust and very dense with an incredible aftertaste of roasted coffee, chocolate and nuts. An exceptional beer.
Sdaniel90 (589) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAY 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 500ml. Almost opaque black with a frothy brown head. Very complex aroma with a strong dark malt and dried fruit character, with very floral undertones, hints of chocolate, anis, cherry. Robust bodied with moderate to flat bodied. Rich, thick and oily, with fiery roasted and alcohol character. Finish is smooth and crisp, yet heavily bitter. A magnificent ale.