lusikka (6340) - 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 itís prime.
zacgillbanks (2361) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. An Inky black beer that pours with no head. It has an oily mouthfeel, an extremely powerful coffee flavour, warming chocolate and vanilla followed by a bitter hoppy, coffee and sweet warming finish.
BeerViking (2552) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, like alcoholic toasted treacle and liquorice, sweet yet dry and just bitter enough.
jercraigs (7921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014-07-08. Dark brown black body headless. 3+ Aroma is modest sweet dark malt, some vegetal green coffee character. Flavour is fairly sweet, rich dark malt. Lightly fruity. Lingering lightly tangy dark malt. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate, soft carbonation. 4+ Bottle, Tasting at cgarvieukís, Edinburgh
DutchDrebus (4135) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home shared by benzai. Black colour with a small to medium sized light brown head. Smells sweet, chocolate, bourbon, coffee. Tastes chocolate, roasty, lots of iron, some liquorice, hint of vanilla, wiebertjes. Medium to full, soft carbo.
Benzai (8523) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared with Dutchdrebus. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized dark brown head. Aroma is malts, dark and roasted malts, coffee, espresso, loads and loads of coffee and espresso, vanilla. Taste malts, again loads of coffee and espresso, quite some vanilla, sweetness as well as bitterness, slightly iron. Wow, loads and loads of flavors mixed together. Not completely balanced, but certainly not a mess. I think this is a wonderful beer, but I just happen to not like vanilla.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home from the beer stall in Stockport market, good bloke that guy there. Thick black colour with a very small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, something metallic. Flavour dark chocolate, some alcohol warmth, jammy fruity notes, some coffee bitterness. A decent beer but something just didnít give me wood. 837315
elbernays (536) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 22, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours petrol black. Head disappears, which makes it look terrible. Coffee, big sweetness, liquorice, some burnt notes, smoky wood. Flavour is smooth sweet milk. Big bitter hit on the finish, with massive alcohol burn. No bubbles. There is a lot going on the nose but the alcohol is not integrated enough. Oily slick mouthfeel. Not great.
Garrold (1461) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Bier Huis, Ossett. Clear, very dark, reddy brown. Halo of tan head. Sugary espresso. Taste is thick sweetness. Some coffee bitterness. Thick, sugary palate. Bitterness at the end, but too late to prevent tooth melt. A bit rough, to be honest.
ciaranc (914) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Redmonds. Black, brown pour, thin tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee aroma. A blast of flavour, sweet, stewed fruits, espresso bitter. Thick syrupy mouthfeel, minimal carbonation. Have it with some salted caramel.
beersofjoy (2) - - FEB 10, 2014 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma suggests sweet intensity and thatís precisely what it delivers. Thin head which disappears quickly, coffee and a nice roastiness, nice carbonation keeping the beer from overwhelming. Just too much Vanilla in there for me making the sweet finish spoil the balance.