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Gänstaller Bräu/Närke/De Molen B&H MeGa Schwarzer Bock

Brewed by Gänstaller Bräu
Style: Baltic Porter
Hallerndorf, Germany


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
a.k.a. Baltic Porter. 22.4 Plato. American and New Zealand hops. Brewed in collaboration with Närke (Sweden) and De Molen (Netherlands).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 25, 2015
At Belgrade Eighth Tasting, round one. Bottle. Ciao Alberto. Dark cola, no head, touch sweet aroma. Body is confounding, rich deep, burnt caramel, deep licorice, dark bitter chocolate. Light sip and finishes very dark and deep. Interesting, but not my jam.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (775) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 21, 2015
At the 8th tasting (round 1), held at Vlada’s Beerville pub in Belgrade-Serbia. Bottle courtesy of the Belgian crew, thank you boys. The day after we had 2 more bottles courtesy of the brewer himself, danke Andreas. Pours dark brown color, minimal phenomena of a foam but practically none. Nose: super fresh and very velvety molasses, chocolate, caramel. Super clean and fresh aroma. Nose: sexy! Loads of dry fruit, red fruit, fresh feel of pastry ending with a dry cleaning bitter herbal note. Silky and just fantastic. BRAVO!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5408) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2015
33cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Black colour, beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, rye, pumpernickel, light hoppy, milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Flavour follows, quite sweet, true to style but a little boring. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5300) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2015
Bottle: Duvel glass: Deep dark brown with a small creamy head. Aromas of roast, bread, malt roast, hops, soy, prunes, nuts, toffee... Flavours of roast, bitters, sweet soy, dried leaves, alcohol burn/white pepper, bread, herbal/grain roast, some liquorice and raisin... Aftertaste is roast, dried leaves, bitters, liquorice soy and some dark bitterness. Loe carbo, creamy close to silky spicy mouthfeel, a bit more than medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Idiosynkrasie (4911) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2015
330ml bottle. Dark brown colour with small, frothy to creamy, fading, minimally lacing, tan head. Slightly roasty dark malty aroma, some malt spiciness, some chocolate, hints of burnt coffee, blue berries, a touch of treacle, peat, very cautious hints of smoke. Taste is slightly sweet dark malty, chocolately, dark fruity, hints of raisin; super soft, smooth, slightly sticky palate, hints of warming alcohol in the finish. Rich, multifaceted, thereby relatively easy drinkable; not impressing in an amount forcing yourself to take a meditative break for aesthesiatic recollection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fombe89 (614) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2015
Botella . @Señor Lúpulo. Despacho de cervezas, Frikicata Gijón 27/06/2015. Color negro, espuma blanca, aroma a malta, final seco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2775) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2015
Small tasting with some non-beergeek friends. APPEARANCE: dark brown beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: coffee, mocha, little watery. TASTE: watery, mocha, chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShivanDragon (2254) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 14, 2015
leuk groen flesje, schenkt bruin/zwart met iets rode gloed. Aroma van chocolade en moutig. smaken zijn redelijk zoet, matig bitter, stevige gemout van chocolade, gebrande/geroosterde, soya saus, laurier, siroop, bruine suiker, donker fruit, anijs/ redelijk volle body, romig qua textuur, leuke kruising tussen een zoete bok en een baltische porter. mooi dik en geslaagd. !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (5403) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2015
330 ml. bottle @ home. Purchased @ Kaapse brouwers. Brewed on 02/11/2012 if I understand the label correctly? Green bottle. Light copper amber hued very dark brown, blackish beer, little in the way of head. Very intensely umami nose, big soy sauce, liquorish, some DE-style fish guts, some medicinal herbs, medicinal quality, thick liquorish & soy sauce syrup, some faint molasses even,… Taste is heavily umami still with big liquorish presence but with some new elements than what I got in the nose, Christmas spices, deep dark Christmas pudding, lightly medicinal, umami, molasses, some bitterness buried in there as well, light herbal & even faint fruity hops, some medicinal quality & bitterness in the back, soy sauce & fish guts, light oxidation is there as well, faint old wood, quite a bit of anise, big on liquorish & Christmas spices alongside the umami qualities, making this seem a bit like some odd very strong BE & DE hybrid beer, warming in the back of your throat, lingering caramelized & burned black liquorish aftertaste, more black liquorish, burned coffee, ashes,… Some burned qualities,… Old charred wood. There is even a light brine note here in the back, intense. Quite sweet in a heavily umami beer. Thick lager with very little in the way of carbonation. Intense, interesting, even if not really my style or preference. Lots of elements which I am not really into, presented in an interesting way. Not really what I expected when got this but not really disliking it either. I really had to get used a bit to it, take it in on its own terms. Hard to believe that I wound up somewhat enjoying something with this many liquorish, soy sauce, fish guts, anise etc. notes,… Given the hops, fresh this must have been a very different experience but given the profile of this, it must have been an even stranger one. Unless if those hops were buried from the start. A herbal + medicinal bitterness starts becoming more pronounced as you drink more of it, hops perhaps? I do get some light hoppy notes but they are faint but that should be expected given the age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aniela (3613) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with an beige head. Nutty, caramell, malty aroma with grassy notes. Malty, caramell, licorice roasted flavour and a bit earthy.

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