Derbeth (506) - Kraków, POLAND - FEB 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, batch 582, brewed 08.03.13, expiry 08.03.15. Pitch black colour, brown rocky head that does not stay long. Aroma of coffee, old wood, truffle, a bit of ash. Quite much alcohol, but it’s ok. Light bitterness. Full body. Good, but lacks something to make it spectacular.
AndySnow (5156) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a huge off-white head. Guzzles when the bottle is opened.
Aroma: Malt, alcohol, liquorice, spices.
Body: Medium to full body, lively carbonation.
Flavour: Roasted malt, chocolate, spices, liquorice.
kerenmk (3414) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Stas’s place. Thanks Stas. Very dark brown with dark cream head. Roast, mildly smoky, a little vanilla in the nose, deep bitterness, smoky, no-nonsense taste. Full body, a little roasted coffee bean aftertaste.
BlazerT (308) - POLAND - FEB 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with medium, beige head. Medicore lacing. Poor lasting. Aroma of roasted malts (mainly milk chocolate) and tart dark fruits notes (cherries in chocolate), some sour wood. Taste is semi-sweet with quite noticable dark fruits flavours (rasins, currants). Light to medium bitterness esp. in the end. Medium to full body, semi-sweet, soft cabronation, oily texture, finish is quite bitter, no alcohol warmth. In general nice beer, despite high ABV no alc. noticable, highly drinkable with some nice sour accents.
UrbanCaveman (167) - Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 pint 9 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany brown, which doesn’t let much light through in an ordinarily-lit room. Forms a decent-sized pale tan head with good retention, though little to no lacing.
Smell: That’s interesting. There’s more than a hint of some Belgian-esque yeast, with dark fruit and banana in the nose, atop a sweet malty backbone. There’s a just a faint hint of something musty beneath. This smells not unlike a quad, or BSDA.
Taste: Sour springs forth instantly as it touches the tongue, a dry, acetic sour that reminds one of a balsamic vinegar. The sourness floats atop a richly sweet malt, which itself contains dark fruits - hints of plum and black cherry. Through the middle, tones of fireplace ashes and leaves appear and disappear. The finish leaves a touch of the balsamic vinegar, mingled with an almost soda-like sweetness and a trace of burnt wood.
Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, almost sharp to drink, which the vinegar sourness plays off of.
Overall: An interesting beer, definitely of a sort I have never encountered before - much like a Flanders Red or Oud Bruin meeting a quadrupel. I don’t know that I would repeat it, but it made for a fascinating experience.
zvsn (1153) - ISRAEL - FEB 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Stas. Pours deep brown with a big bubbly head. Aroma of prunes, coffee, chocolate and smoke. Sweet with dried fruits, chocolate and cocoa flavors. Medium-bodied, well carbonated. Nice.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1/28/2014. From bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice and spices. Bitter flavors, hints of smoke and coffee. A bit of sediment at the bottom of the glass.
Linnet (1330) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extreme gusher, 1/3 of the beer ended up in various parts of my kitchen.
Aroma is roasty, dry, almost vinous, ABV evident, salty, licorice, ashy, coffee.
Black colour, mocha head, lacing.
Chocolatey sweet, salty, soft bite, warming and complex.
Fullbodied, soft carbonation, salty, warming and roasty finish.
anders37 (20000) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and spicy caramel aroma. Roasted malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy caramel and chocolate finish.
Turtles (766) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of cloves, pine needles. The taste is complex, full-bodied, slightly smoky, spicy, root beer, juniper berries, coffee, dark syrup. Feel like Santa Claus himself has concocted and mixed a recipe of different beer styles, a Christmas tree and Christmas candy. Minimal bitterness and very little sweetness that still gives a pleasant concealed taste of sweetness. Heats up the dark winter night and give me proper Christmas spirit!