GRM (2970) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glass, 4-ounce, draught, during the Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 12 2014; eye: black, opaque, tiny ring of beige head, light lacing; nose: smoke, peat, roasted barley, light coffee, light sourish; mouth: smoke, peat, roasted barley, light coffee, light sourish, acridness, iodine, long finale in roasted barley with presence of acridness, medium-full body, below-average carbonation, mildly bitter, lightly oily texture; overall: fine
Verre, 4 onces, en fût, lors du Mondial de la bière, savourée le 12 juin 2014; œil : noire, opaque, petit anneau de mousse beige, légère dentelle; nez : fumé, tourbe, orge torréfiée, léger café, léger surette; bouche : fumé, tourbe, orge torréfiée, léger café, léger surette, âcreté, iode, longue finale en orge torréfiée avec présence d’âcreté, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation sous la moyenne, moyennement amère, texture légèrement huileuse; en résumé : bien
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Pours an orangeish-brownish black with a resilient dark beige head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, hazelnuts, dark coffee. Flavor is chocolate, loads of roast, coffee, ash. Finish is coffee, cocoa bitterness. Extremely bitter. Some very sweet caramel. Lingering notes of hazelnut. Strong body, velvety mouthfeel, weak carbonation. A very bitter impy, rather hard to drink, but so delicious!
berntholer (898) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
quite dense beige head leaves some lacing. coffee coloured. aroma of smoked malt, boozy, candlewax. taste is quite coffee, roasted malts, sweet, syrupy, candysugar. quite dense mouthfeel, fair carbonation. couldn’t really pick up the rhum, but still nice!
ladnewton (1413) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
On tap at Craft Beer Co, Covent Garden on 2nd August 2014. Virtually black with pale brown diminishing foam to a ring, and scattered lacing streaks. Rich roasty and smoky aroma with notes of Christmas pudding and logfire smoke. Exquisite smoky malty blend in-mouth with woodsmoke, spices, rich Christmas pudding and coalfire. Finish is intensely roasty with continued smokiness, sweet winter berries, delicate savoury notes and citric tang. A true orgasm of flavour. Solid body and smooth yet engaging texture. Did not expect to award this mark- well deserved!
crazy_cat_lady (120) - - AUG 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
July 21, 2014. 500mL bottle from LCBO. Roasted coffee, chocolate, hint of cherry in the nose. Dark brown head that lingered. Black in colour. BItter coffee flavour with bitter dark chocolate. Touch too bitter for my palate.
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Café Langebro, Copenhagen. Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of brown sugar, coffee a little smoke and some chocolate. Coffee-chocolate burst in the flavour, some licorice in there too. Dry finish. Tasty stuff.
Desverger (1865) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap@Cafe Langebro, CPH - pours black with a firm persistent tan head. Big roasted malty aroma and taste, some chocolate, notes of peat, smoky burnt malts, some dark dried fruits, there is some hoppy nuances in this as well on the palate, pretty complex overall, very satisfying and enjoyable. Tasty stuff!
Beerconnaiseur (78) - BELGIUM - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2014 50cl bottle from a stash in Scandinavia. + *playing ’Live in Boston’ version of Peter Greens ’Black Magic Woman’ to get into the drift.. "She already wants me to love her"... alright... so let’s start pouring this baby..
Dark with a stunning foamhead that almost hits the roof. Beautiful! Great consistency in the light brown foam. Looks very promising! Aroma : malt, dark roast, licorice, dark choc, but still medium.... Taste : a full sweet smokey malt taste (lovely!!!) with a boozey whiskey aftertaste that sticks around. A creamy mouthfeel it is. Not too malty, not too bitter or peppery, nor over-sweet.. Enjoy this with any magical woman. She will adore the experience and love you. If not, it is what it is; the power is in you anyways (meditate!).Yum!
A more easy to digest version of Hornbeers ’The Fundamental Blackhorn’
Alengrin (1350) - BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Danish imperial brewed with peated malt and, I suppose, named after the Santana song... Deeply beige, creamy head, colour totally black. Powerful aroma of ashes, charcoal, black coffee, cacao powder, cassis, figues; dried fruit initiates the taste but doesn’t last long against a very powerul roasted bitterness, peated malt and smokiness, almost feels like ingesting the content of a used ashtray, especially in the tail. A bit too ashy to my taste, but very characterful and powerful for sure.
Osprey87 (1625) - WALES - JUL 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Cask P&K. Black, big foamy tan head endures, even lacing. Aroma is sweet and smokey, similar sort of vibe to the taste. Body is medium, touch of spritz, a little foamy. Taste is fabric plasters, sweet, smokey, touch of TCP and whisky, finishes dry and astringent with some floral pot pourri hop character. Decent. Somewhere between a 3.7 and 3.8.