lusikka (7621) - Tampere, - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle.
Pours a pitch black colour with a dark brown head. Looks awesome. Aroma of really strong roasted malts, licorice, vegetables and roasted coffee. Flavour of roasted malts, strong coffee, cooked vegetables, vanilla and grassy hops. Some floral notes. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and a long warming roasty finish. Past it’s prime.
gowdy (915) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Taste of a bottle at Craig’s house. Very dark. Tiny tiny head. I’m told this bottle has lost some life.
jesperhammer (3686) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
30-OCT-2015, bottle @Ulkløbben meeting, @Sonni.
Black with low Brown head. Sweet roast, coffee, Vanilla. Very sweet. OK.
Linnet (1384) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Immensely powerful, lots of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, roasty, ABV evident, very, very sweet, boozy, medium bite and salty, fullbodied, very rich, but the sweetness makes it a bit hard to get down.
gegwilson (2379) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Open All Hours in Keswick. Pours pitch black with a dense beige head that eventually fades to a rim around the edge. A good looking beer. Vinous aroma with mocha notes. The taste is really rich and sweet. Bags of flavour including sherry and vanilla before loads of coffee and black chocolate. The alcohol is warming and unobtrusive. Sticky, oily mouth feel. A superb beer. Perhaps a touch too sweet making it a tiny bit sickly towards the end.
imdownthepub (11928) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled, 330ml from Tebay Services, Orton, Cumbria. Black with tan head. Big beer this, extremely sweet and syrupy with a heavy coffee liquor notes, groundsy, some bittering, like a Turkish coffee pot. Full palate, heavy drinking, certainly a sipper than a drinker. Got to be done.
minutemat (2904) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
330ml bottle @ 12th Shrewsbury Bottle Share, courtesy of Simon! Pours dark with minimal head. Week-old coffee dregs aroma. Horrible dregs / vanilla on initial sip, syrupy, bitter, rich and generally rather unpleasant. Not for me I’m afraid.
BlackHaddock (5186) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
28th April 2015: 330ml bottle split at the Shrewsbury Bottle Exchange Group meeting. Dark and forbidding, dregs of the coffee machine came to mind when I sniffed and drank this. Yet I also found it sweet and interesting: let’s leave it at that.
gopherfan99 (1031) - CROATIA - JAN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle; pours black with almost no head; slightly bitter aroma of dark malts, roasted coffee, with hints of chocolate and vanilla; taste is bittersweet with chocolate, roasted coffee, with some licorice and vanilla notes; finish is dry and bitter; very complex but very nicely done
Fashawn (492) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JAN 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
coffee, nuts, bread, chocolate, caramel, for the aroma, with some vanilla. black, sparklin with frothy, brown foam. heavy cloying sweetness leading To A lightly bitter. full body, creamy, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, with a bit of astringent.
Hermod (4958) - Vantaa, FINLAND - JAN 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle. Pours black, thin brown head. Aroma is exploding with strong coffee notes, dark chocolate, ash, vanilla. Flavor lacks the intensity of the aroma, got mostly ash and soy sauce, burnt wood. Coffee and vanilla in the finish. Slightly disappointed, because the aroma was so good.