wchesser (1151) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’14 b-day tasting party. ’10 bottle from FlandersNed-thanks, Steve! Much thinner than I expected given the OG. Alcohol well integrated though. Nose of light soy, dark roast malts. Burnt malts, some light prune, light tartness on the finish, almost like a belgian style stout. Good, but perhaps on its way out...
jkwood04 (3877) - Connecticut, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 12oz bottle in a teku. Pours black with a small, beige head. Aroma of dark malts, some oak and alcohol, light dough, some dark fruits, and vanilla and chocolate. Flavor the same with a decent blend of everything, but a lot of ethanol. Smooth, thicker texture. A decent beer for 18%
Ataraxia (363) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 30, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Almost black, thin beige head. Fairly strong soy sauce aroma from the oxidation, along with herbal elements, some anise, and toffee. Light sweetness overridden by a powerful umami taste and slightly salty twang in the back. Heavy, full-bodied, and low in carbonation. It was probably a decent enough beer at the time of its release but I could not go beyond a few sips.
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated on 10-24-2010 (Bottle) This 18%ABV beer pours a very small very fizzy light brown head that quickly dissipates, opaque brown-black body and no lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, sweet, fruity, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, alcohol, roasted malt, and chocolate. The mouth feel is thick and this beer burns as it is digested. This beer is medium bodied. This is without a doubt a sipping beer as it packs a punch! This is a beer that would be enjoyed in front of a fireplace on a cold, snowy day. Definitely worth trying and a beer I would drink again.
ineedbeer (709) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 vintage bottle from the 2013 Winter Solstice party.
Aroma has a moderate chocolate character with lighter roast and coffee notes. Moderate soy sauce oxidation character. Light alcohol spice.
Pours black with a somewhat light mocha head of moderate thickness. The head recedes fairly quickly to the edges where it lingers along with a faint film in the middle. No lacing and medium sized legs.
Flavor has a light sweetness with moderate roast notes. Moderately strong dark fruit notes of cherry, berry and grape. Medium to medium light bitterness without any hop flavor. Medium light soy sauce and other oxidation character. Light alcohol spice in the finish with lingering grape, roast and chocolate.
Mouthfeel is medium full to full bodied with low carbonation. Medium low astringency and medium alcohol warmth.
Overall this is not an amazing beer. The oxidation creates a moderately unpleasant character and the berry ester notes are a bit strong. The malt notes have faded as well.
tectactoe (1716) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2014 [Bottle / 2010 / 3+ years old] Thanks, Tim! Deep, deep brown body with a lightly khaki & beige head that fades as quickly as it forms, leaving behind only a small collar. Aroma has light roast, timid soy sauce, a touch of peat-y smoke, some dark currants, a little oxidation, & a hint of moderately sweet cocoa nibs. Lots going on, but relatively relaxed for an 18% ABV beer. The taste indeed hides the alcohol well also; sweet chocolate morsels up front followed by a rush of borderline-tart dark currants & prunes. Some cola notes in the back-end with a touch of cardboard flavor from the oxidation... Luckily it hasn’t completely taken over yet. Finish has moderate soy sauce, cocoa dust, very faint coffee beans, & dark currants. Body is thin given the specs, I guess; low carbonation & it works... Oily. Not exactly what I expected. Decent, but showing a little bit of age. The 18% ABV is masked quite well, though.
umich03jm (1934) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2010 bottle, shared by Jason I think. Pours black with a very small ring of head. Aromas are fudge, soy sauce and milk with some light caramel, dark fruit, and alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet up front with chocolate, lactose, and caramel. Finishes with some soy sauce and light roast. Abv is well hidden. Oily mouthfeel. Has held up pretty well. Yum.
MrFecesious (944) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample from 2010 bottle. Thanks verticalbaconstrips! Almost black appearance with minimal cap. Aroma of plum, raisin, molasses, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, spices, with a hint of paper. Taste is very sweet, tangy, and a sustaining bitterness. Sticky and dry finish.
Godofthecellar (667) - NYC, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nose of chocolate, coffee
Taste followed suit but had a nice tartness. Abv well masked, really nice IS
Countbeer (4391) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Vintage 2008/2009: Thanks Ken: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Pitch black pour. Small brown head/lacing on top of a black colored beer.
Aroma is vinous, chocolate, roasted barley malts, liquor, soya, toffee, roast, coal, sugars, tar, raisin, hints of coffee, some liquorice, sweet tones and mocha and a sprinkle of spices. Complex.
Flavour is spicy, bitter, chocolate, coffee, toffee, mocha, pepper, sticky, some liquorice, leaves, roast, barley malt roast, hay roast, coal, hint of warmth/alcohol, soya, brown sugars, tar, caramelised coal, alcohol and chocolate drenched herbs and malts and some nuts.
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, nuts, barley malt roast, mocha, chocolate, leaves and some oatmeal.
Low carbo, soft light spicy oily mouthfeel, full body and an oily texture.
Even after all those years this beer is very good and complex, but also very spicy... Nice!