Brewed by Holbæk Bryghus
Style: Stout
Holbæk, Denmark


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Editor's note: This beer has both been brewed at Holbæk Bryghus and at Herslev Bryghus. All bottles are brewed at Herslev Bryghus.

Danish: Denne natsorte øl er husets specialitet. Typemæssigt smager den som en blanding af stout og schwarzbier. Den mørke, ristede malt tilfører øllet en karakteristisk smag med noter af kaffe og mørk chokolade. Den har tydelig “mørk” smag, men er alligevel let og forfriskende.

English: This pitch black beer is the house speciality. The style is a hybrid between a stout and a schwarzbier. The dark roasted malts adds a characteristic flavour with notes of coffee and dark chocolate. It has a distinct ’dark’ flavor, yet it is still light and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2006
Draught at Københavnske Øldage 2006. Very dark brown colour with a little head. Light aroma of roastedness, toffee and caramel. Smooth flavour of roastedness, caramel and hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Very smooth and tasty ends up little bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2006
Deep brown beer with a small beige head. Malty, chocolate sweet aroma with a light vanilla note. Chocolate sweet flavor with a vague coffee boitterness. Dry and roasted finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (19402) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2006
Draught at Københavnske Øldage 2006. Pours a black colour with a tan head. Roasted aroma with some hints of coffee. Roasted malty flavor with some hints of chocolate and coffee. Has a long roasted aftertaste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2006
Draught. Brown-red with a small tannish head. THe aroma is cofeeish, soapy, and creamy. Thinnish body with roast-like sweetness and chocolate in the quick and clean finish. Fairly watery. Sampled at the Københavnske Øldage 2006 on May 20, 2006.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
omhper (21284) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2006 [Draught at Købehavnske Øldage] Almost black. Evident butterscotchy diacetyl aroma. Sweet with rounded mouthfeel. Some coffee and aniseed, but mostly butterscotch. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 5, 2006
Black color; nice head. Milky aroma and taste; cappuccino taste. A bit short, but quite original and very pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2545) - New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2006
Partyfass- provided by the Danish Rockers! Thanks: Black color, small tan head. Sour milk but also some sweet malt traces in the nose. Roasted malt taste also some dark chocolate traces - medium long lasting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivo (2632) - GERMANY - APR 22, 2006
Sour milk in the nose, dark brown color, tall beige head. Light toasted malt base with slight sourness that is a little odd. Lingering dry roast end. Thin body. Not so good overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2006
From partyfass. Almost black colour with a beige head. Sweet light roasted malty, chocolate aroma and a sweet light roasted light butter, chocolate, licorice taste. Medium body with a licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30468) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 18, 2006
Getting this rating took some time. I bought a partyfass at the brewpub in February to share with the Copenhagen crew, but when the brewmaster realized, that the bar had sold it inspite of her not wanting to sell more of that batch due to a slight acidity, she kindly asked me not to rate it and would supply me with a new partyfass when the next brew was released. So I got it on Wednesday before Easter and opened it to celebrate Joris’ blitz into Copenhagen on Easter Sunday. I like this kind of obsession with giving the customers the right experience of the beer. Some Danish microbrewers can learn from this example!

So how was it: The color is deep red and it has a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with primary notes of roasted malts, but also with a light touch of chocolate. The flavor is lovely sweet and at the same time roasted and dry with nice notes of chocolate. The end is dry and the roastyness lingers around.

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