Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: This one erupted all over me when I opened it, but luckily I got most of it in the glass. Wow. Very intense. Truly warming too. Great winter beer. Seemed truly ancient. Truly unique. Bonus points for being unique and for executing that uniqueness properly.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, brown that was nearly black in the glass with a small, light brown head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma had heavy chocolate and cake; moderate herbal, spruce and minty hops; soy sauce; licorice; cola; herbs; berries; spices; dark fruit; and a little citrus. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly sour, slightly acidic, lightly salty and moderately bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly acidic and bitter and slightly salty. There was chocolate, soy sauce, cola, herbal hops, spruce, licorice, herbs, some dark fruit, a little alcohol, come citrus and maybe some spices; and berries. The medium to full body was oily with tingly carbonation and a moderately alcoholic finish.
glennmastrange (2383) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Heavy cereal, nutty and chocolate for the malt, light herbs for the hops, moderate dough for the yeast with toffee, alcohol, fig and tobacco in the background. Head is average to large, frothy to fizzy, tan with some slippery lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic and bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a carbonation between lively and fizzy with silky and stick finish. A well balanced and beautifully crafted Traditional Ale.
axl (121) - Lund, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 version, 500ml bottle, GUSHER! Black with two finger tan head. Aroma of chocolate, slightly sour smoke, leather and some tobacco. Bitter taste with initial smoke, chocolate, some very bitter coffee and alcohol. Kinda hard to put words on... Quite smooth, medium-lively prickly carbonation, warming alcohol.
alteregoo (215) - POLAND - MAR 31, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Piana średniej wielkości, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko opada do kożuszka, ładnie oblepia szkło. Barwa brązowa, nieprzejrzysta z czerwonymi refleksami. W aromacie ciekawe drewniane nuty, wędzony bukiem słód, likier czekoladowy, suszona żurawina. W smaku analogicznie, z tym że wędzonka jest przyjemna, lekko ogniskowo-kiełbaskowa, piwo dość agresywne, na początku słodkie, pełne, ziemiste, po chwili palone i likierowe, następnie dochodzą estry owocowe, wędzona śliwka i ziołowo-alkoholowa goryczka na finiszu. W afterteasie kakao, świeża kawa mielona, prażone ziarno i długi posmak alkoholu, whisky.
Gdyby nie ten alkohol... może za kilka miesięcy było by idealne...
HonusWagner (1692) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty much the same as Nissefar, smoky, tobacco hints, pretty heavy on umami but also some molasses character. Nice beer.
GlasgowTAD (347) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a Norwegian trade with a redditor. Pours a a deep chestnut brown with a light mocha head which lingers around. Aroma is raisins and fresh hazelnuts. Taste is sweet milk chocolate, hazelnuts, red berries. This has a slight warmth to it which is pleasant. Full bodied and very rich.
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 500 ml) Dark brown pour with a creamy tan head. Caramel and malty aroma with some light fruits. Flavor is very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee malts. Smooth and sweet.
Derbeth (437) - 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 (4533) - 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 (3050) - 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 (177) - 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.