EithCubes (5458) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Earthy licorice aroma. Ruby-black pour with a delicious-looking lacy light brown head. Licorice and light dark chocolate malt in the mouth, and a little tart peat. Really like the sour tartness. Body could use some bulk. Dry finish. Silken smoove mf. Easy-going and mature, well-made but not much of a flavor profile to rave about.
BeerHound53 (24) - USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, smallish head that went away quickly. Tastes of burnt earth with a slight sour taste and a little Alcohol after. Nice Ale.
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottled. pretty intensely black with a light beige head. decent aroma of molasses and asphalt. plenty of flavour - toast, prunes, cocoa powder and cream, becoming quite sweet. pleasant stuff, just could use a bit more guts
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Brandy, candied fruits, roasty, chocolate, figs and alcohol
Appearance: Pours thick. Dark, almost opaque with ruby highlights. Very little head but dark tan colour.
Flavour: Surprisingly light but complex. Roast character dominates with cocao and espresso flavours. Not too sweet no astringency and alcohol does not come through into the flavour. Well balanced and complex.
Overall: Dangerous! Luscious aroma not overpowering with a delicious roasty hang. More like dark cacao than milk chocolate. Roasty without burnt character. Finishes sweet but not cloying, very nice, very clean -no esters. Almost like a super scwartzbier. Very complex and aptly named: pours like engine oil.
Theis (14974) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 8, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home. Black - not much head. Burned, smoked, bitter, tar. A bit like the smell of a garage, but not as thick as I expected. Rather smooth thou. High carbonation.
Lubiere (12553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black with a thick light moka lacing head, not very carbonated. Nice chocolate malt aroma, like bitter chocolate. In mouth, a nice chewy chocolate malt with notes of bitter coffee, and light herbal notes. Long and sustained bitterness from roasted malts. Rich bodied. A very nice old ale veering on porter territory. Bieropholie import mid 2005.
bubbleflubber (2143) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours opaque black into the glass, with interesting ruby and pink fringe hues when held to the light. The dark brown head diminishes quickly, leaving no lace of which to speak. The nose contains large amounts of choco malts. This transfers into the flavor well.... tons of bitter dark chocolate on the tongue. This is balanced well and compliments the bitter finish. The hops linger with the bitter roasted chocolate on the back palate for a while. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, and feels nice and satiating. Good overall offering here.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, really good. Smell is chocolatey and rich, which follows into a rich, velvety, slightly vinous full-bodied flavour. Pours very deep red/brown with a fawn head. Mouthfeel is smooth and the lingering aftertaste very nice indeed.
Skinnyviking (8590) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light brown low but lasting head. Dark red almost black body. Choccolate hops aroma. Relatively sweet choccolote flavor at the beginning, dry hops bitterness at the end. Strangely flat feeling that I cannot quite understand.
Rune (10836) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle bought at Utobeer in London(15.09.2006). Almost black in colour with a brownish head that last for a while. Strong malty aroma with hints dark fruit. Chocolate and dried-fruit flavour. Touch of sourness and some yeast now and then. Nice bitter ending.