henrik (41) - Ĺrhus, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost completely black. Low carbonation. Chocolate at first, but in the aftertaste something sweet and vinuous -- brandylike I think. Very interesting, smooth and drinkable.
FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Charlies. Deep dark brown colour with a light brown, creamy head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and some smoke. Very soft and smooth flavor with roasted sweet malt and hops. Sweet finish with notes of chocolate.
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Dark indeed, some earthy chocolate, smooth on the way down but nothing remarkable, certainly not for an old ale.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a light beige thin head and slight lace. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and fruit in the aroma. Lots of caramelized malt flavor along with some toffee, nuts, and a fair amount of chocolate. The finish has some bittering hops to balance it out. mouthfeel is a bit too slick for me. Not oily (oats) thick but more from the pasteurization I think.
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown, almost black, with a smooth deep brown head. Dark, bitter chocolate and smoke on the nose, along with some general roasted aromas which lean more toward earthy/harsh than sweet. Very smooth and full mouthfeel, as if it were casked/aged, though nothing on the bottle indicates this. Full bodied flavors shine through-- coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, dark and syruppy malt. Finishes somewhat creamy but also a bit dry and tacky, perhaps from the hops content. It is "wickedly smooth" indeed; a really fine beer. Would love to see how different the oaked version is as I’m really impressed with the body of this one.
burgerlicious (308) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 30, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep, deep dark body. The aroma is nutty. The flavor is full and chocolatey. The palate is thick and rich.
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark, almost black, with a rich creamy head. Aroma is nutty, creamy and toffeeish. Deep tasting and roasty, with bitter chocolate and hints of coffee, backed up by subtle hoppiness. Smooth to the end. Finishes clean with more roast malt, coffee and chocolate.
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2005 Ok ok lets re-rate this fellow then. Im drinking this at probbaly above room temp, and this is a good thing for this beer as both times before it has been weak and lacking structure. Initial aroma is HAM, seriously i mean like maybe an oak smoked, even maybe maple smoked ham, however as it sorts itself out chocolate and dark fruit characters start to some out. Chocolate with slight coffee notes and a wet bitter finish, far better than before finish is long also, far fuller bodied than before. This should be drank warm like most stouts not "straight from the fridge" as advertised.
Sobchak (131) - Skagen, DENMARK - JUL 12, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Cask at The Wharf, Aalborg) - Wery interesting in its complex treacle, raisin, hoppy sweetness, also wery appealing to the eye, with a almost black brownish colour and a thick creamy head.
GarethYoung (1110) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
[bottle from sainsburys] nose is woody, nutty, roasted malts with a good dose of chocolate. body is dissapointing, taste also has a little molasses in the finish. feels like the beer just isnt big enough to support the boldness it proclaims in the nose, still a good beer though