porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(330 ml bottle (lost my notes on this so have to wing it)) More sweet and syrupy, perhaps less roasty than Guinness Draught...Pours dark tobacco brown with one finger of caramel brown head. Aroma of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, light roast and molasses. Head feels creamy and mouthfeel is smooth, lightly prickly and slightly syrupy. Some sloppy rings of lacing. Taste is more molasses and coffee sweetness than other Guinness. Some roastiness but subdued in favor of sweeter qualities. Excited to see it, and best beer I found in Bahamas.
Hoser (368) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Used to be able to get this in the bottle here in Cowtown but sadly no more. Bigger, Roaster, Fuller and a way better beer than the regular stuff. Page 204 of Michael Jacksonís Great Beer Guide only 370 Classic Brews of of his 500 to go.
pivnizub (9036) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Almost black coloured, lacing mid-sizedtanned creamy head; robust roast-malty, bit fruity/vinous nose with a touch of barrique; creamy MF, medium to full bodied, strong bitter flavour; lingering dry and bitter finish with hints of liquorice and a certain sourness in the aftertaste. A great, complex beer from a big brewer............
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sampled in June 2006: Pours a mostly opaque with dark brown edges and a thin, lightly-lacing tan head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolatey malt and a hint of smoke. Body starts with a nice sticky caramel and chocolate maltiness finishing drier and more roasty. Well-balanced and enjoyable with a fairly full palate.
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 A re-rate, and Iím surprised by how much I still like this beer. Pitch black and pretty with a medium sustained beige foam head. The aroma is lovely with subtle burnt coffee and heavier biscuit malt. Fairly robust flavour initially, burnt malt bitterness and oak, fading to a dry finish. Big chewy palate. I expected to mark this down from my previous rating, but I ended up leaving it as it was because this is a very accomplished beer.
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Head was Large, creamy, light brown and mostly lasted. Good lacing left in glass. Color was of cause pitch black. Aroma was quit pleasing with the bearing notes being heavy malt. Butter, dry fruit, caramel, chocolate, coffee, burnt, smoke, licorice. Quit nice mouthful, still possesses some smoothness. Full bodied with a creamy texture and a flat carbonation. Flavor was moderated sweet with light bitterness to balance the beer. Sweet and average duration finish.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
beer pours a thick, deep brown-tinted black, with a dense tan head that retains quiite well and leaves tons of lace. rich boozy nose with elements of chocolate and buttered figs (yes, perhaps a bit of diacetyl, but low-level, and well-integrated). great aroma - fun to just sniff. flavor starts with a deep, bitter-chocolate rush, that is quickly dried out by an obviously healthy punch of bittering hops.
a very well balanced beer for its size - and a hell of an offering from a brewery that I honestly donít think so much of. a bit hot in the finish.
rauchbier (3634) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Sainsburys Jan 2007. Jet black, excellent rocky beige head with good condition. Creamy coffee , butter and some slight bloody iron notes in the nose, roast coffee, chocolate and toast in the mouth and a suggestion of tartness toward the end. Dry roasty and powdery in the finish with some lingering sweet creamy coffee notes.
Furseth (1987) - Kungšlv, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Black,dark red colour, flat head.
Aroma of vine,,werry malty, but enyway a bit thin nose(?)
Flavor is Vine,sugar,Coffee, and a bit sournes in it to. Thin to medium body, thin to medium finish.
Tranquillity (1422) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, bought in Ireland. Dark malty aroma, nuts, oak, coffee. Dark, dark red-brown, with a recognizable head. Taste of bitter nuts, chocolate. Nice.