sudomorph (1079) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Pours a near black brown with a half finger, khaki head. Aroma has fruity notes of caramel, a hint of licorice and roast, cola, and dark sugar. Taste is balanced. Roasted malts mixed with dark chocolate, cola, caramel, dark fruits, and a hint of fruity coffee at the end. The roast isn’t overwhelming. It is just there to back up the other malts. Medium body and carbonation. Clean in the mouth with a dry finish. Overall really nice. Dark caramel and toffee with hints of dark chocolate and roast. A bit of smoky wood and fruitiness as it warms up.
Russo (2011) - Hemhofen, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Deep black color, opaque with a beige head that not last longer but keep a lacing for awhile. Aroma is dry black fruits like plum, smoke notes, chocolate, wood and roasted malt. Flavor is also like aroma, strong notes of berries and slightly alcohol. Flat carbonation and full body, creamy texture and long finish.
HippyHop (601) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour with a reddish hue. Nose is all dark fruit. I'm guessing it's mostly just elderberry but I get black currants and blackberries, plums and grapes with some chocolate and caramel. Really pleasant stuff, especially the night after the first snowfall of the year. Texture is a little thin but otherwise this stuff is pretty tasty.
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KoNrRiI (1182) - Århus, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33 bottle. Clear. very dark brown color and a small, tanned head. Aroma of dark malts, wood, a tad of elderberries, and some roast. Taste is malty, caramel, chocolaty, a wee floral, and not as full of elderberries as one might suspect. Medium body, creamy texture, and average carbonation. Finish is more malty, chocolaty, obviously somewhat resemblant of elderberries. Overall not a bad beer but the elderberry part could be emphasized. Just a tad below Alba.
olsvammel (5830) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Haket in Gothenbourg. Dark malty smell. Sweet taste with dark malts, caramel and chocolate. Nice, well made.
Cunningham (6909) - Halden, NORWAY - NOV 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby color with a fine off white head. Rich fruity aroma with some caramel notes. Medium + body and a smooth carbonation. Complex flavor. Mild fruity, caramel sweetness, light roasted malt, licorice and vanilla. Nice tasty ale.
[Bottle from Oddbins in London, England]
Lonick (1143) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 25, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @home. Pours almost black with red tinge and with a tan head. Malt on the nose and some elderberry. Some toffee on the taste buds, with a big dollop of fruit, just not my cup of tea.
Dunc1981 (36) - - OCT 17, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"A rich black ale with fruit aroma, silky soft texture, soft roasted flavour and gentle finish." That sums it up really. The aroma is a lovely fruity one. The taste is of toasted fruit and it's a very smooth beer. Excellent.
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nybol (1380) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Der er en del frugagtig smag i denne øl, mere end der plejer at være i forhold til stilarten, men det rammer nu godt.
BlackHaddock (6222) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle: BBD Nov 15. Poured at home into a thistle shaped glass on 1st Sep 15. Black body with a good tan coloured blanket of foam on top. The Elderberry comes through loud and clear in both the aroma and taste, red/dark berries in general seem to ooze out of the brew in the nose and flavour. Complex and interesting, Fruit Wine like in fact but not as viscous in the body depth.