superspak (4400) - Michigan, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter; Batch 77, bottled 8/13/2009. Pours cloudy almost opaque dark reddish brown color with a small light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lasts. Minimal spotty lacing, and some nice alcohol legs as well. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, molasses, toffee, caramel, chocolate, toast, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. Insanely complex and balanced aromas with big strength; Wow. Taste of big raisin, fig, molasses, toast, toffee, prune, leather, tobacco, chocolate, roasted malt, dark bread, light char, earth, wood, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruits, molasses, toast, toffee, caramel, chocolate, dark bread, leather, tobacco, earth, wood, light char, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible flavor balance with huge complexity of malty notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very slick, creamy, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is incredible. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class old ale! Huge complexity and balance of malty flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on. This blew me away, wow.
Weezel (266) - Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby pour. Aromas of smoke, berries, and cola. Smokey up front with jammy fruit notes. I would call it a smoked quadruple. Very well done.
drpimento (2970) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
mmm a masterpiece. Aroma is heavy caramel and toffee. Flavor is so much more complex, cocoa, peat, tobacco, roast, malt, bittersweet with a slight bit of carbonic tang. The carbonation is perfect for the weight and the rest of the texture of the beer. A sipper for sure, but I also, just for the hell of it, took a big gulp. Really good.
emartell (332) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - MAY 27, 2016
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma sumamente intenso y complejo. Se perciben notas a cuero, caramelo, frutos secos e higo principalmente.
De color negro, con tonos rubíes a contra luz, de cuerpo redondo, carbonatacion baja y una abundante corona de espuma de alta retención.
En boca es compleja, intensa y llena de sabores.
Al paladar se perciben muchas notas que no surlen estar juntas en la misma cerveza. Chocolate, frutos secos como ciruela y pasas, algo de higo, una intensa nota ahumada. De una impresionante intensidas y un final largo y duradero.
No cabe duda que se trata de una cerveza única, muy bien lograda y equilibrada y que seguro mejorará con el tiempo.
mrjez (380) - Osaka, JAPAN - MAY 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Craft Cafe Imazato. A deep reddish-brown, almost mauve highlights, nice lacing with swirls. Subtle blended aroma of caramel, dark fruits, red grape, booze. Nice flavours, rich sweet malt, barrel wood, dark cherries, light liqueur alcohol warmth. Quite smooth and gently carbonated, lingering smoke and warmth. A great sipper.
tillmac62 (660) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours as dark as a stout. World class head volume, lacing and retention.
Outstanding nose of leather, plum, tobacco, fig and chocolate plus subtle molasses and smoky oak.
Light full body that is extremely smooth and approaches creamy. Superb carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fairly prickly finish. The carbonation / body balance is very well done.
The flavor profile is quite outstanding and very complex. The flavors of the nose all deliver but don’t quite separate completely. It begins with the dark fruits over a slightly sweet base with notes of caramel and molasses. The heavier flavors (leather, tobacco) slowly ascend towards a mildly bittered middle then linger in the background. Light smoky oak serves as the transition to the finish with dark fruit again taking center stage. The highest sweetness level appears here as well over a rich wave of chocolate. The slightly dry finish provides a touch of astringency and back of the throat warmth while a rich caramel and chocolate slowly fade.
Nische (1761) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Omnipollos Hatt. Dark reddish brown with no head. Roasted chocolate aroma with caramel, raisin and dates. Quite sweet caramel fudge, dates and some malty, boozy notes. Quite heavy on the sweet and boozy side.
ansalon (2738) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a low tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, raisins, molasses, caramel. Taste is quite sweet with roasted notes. Mouthfeel is quite think with low carbonation.
Mad_Ferret (965) - SWEDEN - APR 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at hatten.
Dark with redish tints, shortlived small head.
Sweet malty alcohol aroma with syrup, butterscotch, alcohol, raisins, some licorice, tar and smoke.
Taste is not as sweet as expected with alcohol, caramel, raisins and tar with some berries and dark dried fruit. Dry leathery peppery finish.
Big boozy malty body, low carbonation, oily sticky.
Needs some age.
SirLimpsalot (3507) - SWEDEN - APR 9, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
@ Hatten 16-4-9: riktig trevlig med stora toner av torkat frukt samt lakrits och tobak. Tydlig ton av aska i eftersmaken. Mycket bra.
BRW (2009) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with beige head.Chocolate, caramel, fruity and roasted aroma. Sweet, caramel, dark fruits, roasted, chocolate taste. Medium to full body.