Calisky (730) - ALSACE, FRANCE - SEP 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Couleur noire, légère mousse beige qui disparait. Nez de malt grillé, café assez doux et fruits noirs, notes d’alcool, touche pas commune de tourbe, air marin, fut de whisky. Super gout de malt d’orge un peu grillé, café, chocolat, note reglisse et fruits noirs, bien ronde en bouche, légère et intense a la fois. Toute une histoire!
dexcansino (454) - Andalucía, SPAIN - SEP 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Esto sí que es un cervezon. Dulce, especiada, tostada, chocolate, café. Riquísima. Mejor disfrutarla no muy fria.
hawthorne00 (2438) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 12C. Black with a good coat of tan head that lasts well. Intensely plummy aroma with molasses, mocha, spices. Heavy, lowish carbonation. Very rich. A little boozy. Little dark figgy plums, a bit porty, mocha, treacle; grassy and spicy drying bitterness kicks in pretty early - lifts the sweetness away but it’s a bit soon. A little astringent at the end. Smells very fine and there are lots of good things happening, but the flavours don’t have the room to move that they do in normal Old Engine Oil and it’s a mite over-hopped for me.
tillmac62 (195) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a slight head that laces and retains less than normal. Light nose of chocolate, roast and dark fruit (dates, figs, raisins) with a touch of coffee over a light rich malt sweetness. Medium bodied with a very slick, approaching creamy, texture. Below normal carbonation with no effervescence on the finish. The excellent flavor profile is quite complex yet balanced. Alcohol is noticed on the first sip, but then becomes well hidden. It begins with a rush of dark chocolate sweetness and roast over a light coffee background, then the dark fruit flavors predominate the middle. The finish is a slow fade of the flavor profile where the spicy hops become evident and leaves a nice alcohol burn at the back of the throat.
dfearnley (970) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to pint glass
Blackberry, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, must, minerals, and bread.
Pours a deep opaque oily black with a thin bubbly tan head that disappears within seconds leaving no lacing. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, rye, caramel, and bread. No idea how they hid that 9%.
Osprey87 (1711) - WALES - SEP 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, a couple of months old. This was hard to come by, finally tracked it down. Thick black pour, forms a very small ring of head. Aroma is strong - chocolate, marmite, earth, yeasty. Body is medium, pretty smooth, slightly foamy. Up front the taste is malty, a bit sharp, smokey, bit of copper pipe. Softens up a little bit over time to become more chocolatey and smooth.
Habanero (2624) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, chocolate, nuts and coffee notes. Sweet flavor that ends up slightly more dry with bitter notes and alcohol. Medium bodied, oily to creamy texture and soft carbonation. Very nice Ale.
Burgers (323) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black with a beige head. Initial aroma is lactose followed by chocolate and some wood smoke. Taste is bittersweet. Oily mouthfeel.
Hansen (6643) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown coloured and with an off-white head. Roasted sweet aroma, slightly burnt sugars too. Flavor starts sweet, more roasted notes, finish moderate bitter.
kerenmk (2379) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUL 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks zvikar. Pours black with tan head. A little smoky, chocolate and wood aroma, smoky, lingering phenolic taste, mildly bitter and wooden. A little rubbery texture, no carbonation, oily, long and a little roasty finish. Amazing.