Bov (10089) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark ruby-brown colour, fine head and a nice lace, malt, chocolate and ginger in the nose, slightly roasted, creamy mouthfeel,medium-bodied, robust bitterness in a long nutty finish - deeply balanced and very well-made; thanks to fiulijn for this one
JorisPPattyn (8202) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark colour, nearly black; dark greige-brown head, fast dissipating. Very (dark)bready, chocolate & varnish nose. Bread aroma gets more burnt - Maillard? Dry, bitterish taste. Grainy flavours like specific dark grains, roaste barley or oats; slight acidic finish included. Bit smoked too. Mouthfeel bit thinnish, unlike all the grainy flavours would suggest. Good dark bottom-fermenting beer. 'Starkol' is Scandinavian perception. Big thanks to Bjorn & Anders for the Jämtlands choice.
DonRickardo1972 (1) - Haparanda, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2003 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Probably one of the best beers I know. Felt like an old friend the first time i drank it.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mossy, grapefruit aroma. Roasted wood, charcoal and chocolate flavor. Full & warming. A bit watery.
rlgk (12026) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 21, 2005 (Stockholm Beer Festival 2003)
Dark with a brownish head. Aroma is wonderful from toffee and butter. Flavor is sweet and malty. Very nice.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark-brown, almost black a good nut-brown head. Aroma of loads of dark burnt malt, black coffee and some bitterness. Taste is vert malty and hoppy in big black body. Strong notes of dark chocolate, black coffee and burnt malt. Bitter grapefruit bitterness. Long dry finish.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JUN 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little spicy, roasted and licorice aroma. Ruby color, light brown head, good lace. Starts ligh sweet, flowery, light body, light roasted. Bitter and coffee finish.
Ungstrup (29987) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A deep red beer with a beutiful lasting light brown head. The aroma is fruity and hoppy. THe flavor is slightly sweet from a good maltblend - a little watery in the middle but with a good smoked bitter finish. An OK stout.
larsniclas (5852) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice, thick head.
A burnt aroma with toffee-touch.
A lot of flavour and bitterness, with a long taste.
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2004 Bottled.
Dark brown. Roasty nose, lots of chocolate and licorice. Wonderful flavour, unbelievably yummy. Richly hoppy with notes of chocolate and slightly licoricy.