RichardW (1636) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Ales by Mail. Pours a very deep black ruby colour, with a lively foamy head. Its like inhaling coffee beans and rubber, there’s a little yeasty note and then, right at the back of the throat, just the slightest peppery catch. Very fizzy on the tongue, with good rich roast malt flavours, a little acrid touch on top and, overall, exceptionally subtle for 7.2%, with just a little warm glow in the chest to let you know its there!
onceblind (4965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour with a thin light khaki head. Slightly metallic tone on the nose, but there’s also the earthy dark cocoa and bitter espresso bits. Nice full flavor with some earthy sweet espresso and sweet chocolatiness tempered by some roasty bitterness. Okay. Nothing too exciting here but enjoyable for sure.
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 2, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
14/II/15 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG IV (Beerlover_Ben’s place) - BB: n/a (2014-197) Thanks to Benzai for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown to black beer, small aery beige fizzy head, unstable, falls down quickly, non adhesive. Aroma: lots of coffee, mocha, roasted, bit sweet, some caramel. MF: way too much carbon, medium body. Taste: cocoa powder, bitter, roasted, coffee. Aftertaste: some caramel, sweet, coffee, very roasted, charcoal, cocoa powder.
JefVerstraete (1836) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Benzai. Thanks! @ RBBWG 2015. Dark brown, light brown foam. Lots of carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts and espresso. Bitter, bit metallic and too much carbonation.
77ships (4697) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to tderoeck! Bomber sampled @ RBBWG IV. Gusher. Lighter shade of black, mocha bubbles. Nose is cold coffee, liquorish, herbs, herbal, grains. Carbonation is way too high and takes away from the taste. Tastes of vending machine coffee, chicory coffee, herbal, mocha, sugar sweet; Decent & enjoyable but definetly could be more.
Benzai (9433) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ RBBWG 2015 shared by me. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized beige head that diminishes fairly quickly. Aroma is malts, roasted malts, incredible strong coffee and espresso. Taste malts, roasted malts, again strongly coffee, espresso, lightly earthy, lightly a hint of metal, firm coffee bitter. Medium body, firm even a bit too much carbonation. leave it for a while and it gets better as the carbonation subsides. I can see people not liking this but I love the hard espresso bitter flavors.
ElManana (797) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at RBBWG shared by Benzai. Pours dark brown. Aroma is espresso, coffee, chocolate. Very high carb, coffee, espresso. Not bad but onedimensional on the coffee flavours. Missing the Vanilla that's supposed to be in the taste according to the bottle.
TBone (13360) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 650ml (AbM)
Dark brown color, small steady brown head. Aroma has coffee, toasted malts and ash. Medium-bodied. Chocolate, strong coffee flavor, toasted malts, lingering bitterness in the finish. Notes of vanilla. Coffee works nicely in this brew.
drjay44 (2831) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thin, poorly retained beige head, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35) body....nose is coffee, cocoa, chocolate, herbal hops, no esters, balance to the malts and coffee....taste is slightly burnt sugar, coffee, chocolate, light vanilla, slightly toffee/caramel sweet, mild hop finishing bitterness, no esters, balance to the malts.....mouth feel, light of medium body, no alcohol, light carbonation, but with slight creaminess. The slightly burnt notes could be from the roasted malts, coffee, or a burnt boil in the kettle. It is not unpleasant, just a slightly discordant note. The sweetness becomes more apparent as it warms. BJCP 7/2/13/4/6
Beerhunter111 (9285) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sehr dunkelbraunes Bier mit einer großen bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch stark nach Kaffee, Schokolade und Vanille. Geschmack sehr schokoladig, Kaffee, leicht bittere Kaffeebohnen, etwas unrund.