Swaroga (2021) - Gdańsk, POLAND - MAR 1, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Creamy and oily mouthfeel with lots of chocolate in the aroma. The BA adds some more depth and complexity but isn’t that strong. The beer is very delicious but I have trouble to find it better from the non BA version to be honest. It became a bit more dry and more complex ...sure but the normal version has more toffee, body and sweetness which I enjoy a lot. Still both are masterpieces.
arnold931 (1254) - Iowa, USA - FEB 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with dark brown head and lacing. Nose is cocoa and soy. Taste is cocoa, oak, soy, cinnamon. Great.
BierMeHoos (546) - Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Where: Old Line Fine Wine Spirits & Bistro.
How: 22 ounce bottle.
Appearance: almost jet black, 2" of dark leather colored foam.
Aroma: Oak hits you, then smoke, chocolate hops.
Taste: lots of flavor, dark roasted coffee and malt. And Oak of course!
Palate: Full bodied, sweet but slightly bitter finish, booze and molasses.
Overall: Tasty stuff from Great Divide, top notch.
tightslice (848) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 23, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from K&L in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is dark chocolate, mild coffee, oakiness (combined with the sweet maltiness) is reminiscent of bourbon (without the bourbon, which is impressive). Taste is commmmmmplex. Dark fruits, sweet malts, roasted malts, coffee, some vanilla, wood, bourbon...so smooth and rich! Bitter finish. This beer is World Class without a doubt.
chadski (52) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Perfect pour and lacing. A very strong beer with nice bitter and coffee overtones.
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rosskyle (506) - - JAN 17, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Dark black color with a dark brown head. Malt coffee sweet aroma. Dark choc coffee malt bitter. Heavy sticky body.
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rarbring (2213) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 7, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Dark roasted coffee beans, marzipan, toast, Madeira.
Appearance: A very very dark brown beer, black if you prefer, a tan big head that settles slowly, leaving good lacing.
Taste: Sweet brown sugar, oatmeal porridge, roasted bread crust, coffee and dark chocolate. Sweet port or Madeira. Coffee beans at the end.
Palate: Low carbonation, a huge body, oily and smooth, a finishing dryness.
Overall: This is really a great beer, full of flavor and delight.
Note: bottle Reviewed 2010-11-26.
mariuspoenari (1289) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Review from memory - had this at a weekend tasting a few months ago. Excellent looking beer, pitch black and with a tall espresso head. Roasted malts smell, along with dark chocolate, smoke and sour barrel. Taste dominated but not overwhelmed by roasted malts, bitter chocolate and some coffee, with feint vanilla notes. An excellent barrel-aged stout.
JefVerstraete (2790) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - DEC 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a trade. Many thanks! Oily black, brown foam. Sweet nose of chocolate, mocha, roasted coffee and vanilla. Sweet with harsh bitterness. Good, but not my favourite stout.
Savage_Night (412) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a medium brown head that quickly dissipates leaving behind a nice cap and ring. AROMA: dark roasted slightly burned dark malt, soap, charred oak barrel, phenols, dark bitter chocolate, boozy, over roasted coffee, spices, floral/perfume, smoke, molasses, faint vanilla, slight leather, dry tobacco, slight herbs and dark dry stone fruit. TASTE: dark roasted slightly burned dark malt, charred oak barrel, phenols, dark bitter chocolate, boozy, over roasted coffee, tannins, cinnamon, spices, hop spice, floral/perfume, molasses, faint vanilla, slight leather, dry tobacco, slight herbs and dark dry stone fruit. AFTER TASTE: dark roasted malt, burned coffee, molasses, cinnamon and charred oak wood barrel with a thick tannin dry boozy finish.