thedm (5164) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew from rbsg #29 poured a head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was of black malt. The strong flavor contained notes of mild black malt and dark malt. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.
madvike (3108) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by BenC...thanks Ben! - Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is boozy, with lots of sweet brown sugar, plums and dark fruit. Taste is big and sharp...lots of dark malt, dark fruit, and a long roasty coffee finish. A good deal of sugar and a long sharp finish. Medium bodied and well-carbonated.
Huhzubendah (3075) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!
The beer appears a deep, dark brown with a thin head that leaves a fair amount of lacing behind. The nose brings a heavy dose of roasted malt and alcohol. The flavor is big and bold. I’m sure age has tamed the beer to a certain extent, but it still packs a heavy punch. Flavors include roasted malt, booze, brown sugar, chocolates, dark fruits. The feel is heavy with plenty of booze. I guess it is 18% abv, after all. Overall, a pretty good beer, albeit a slow sipper. A few ounces was plenty for me.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-30-2011
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours purplish black with almost no head. Aroma dark fruits, roast, molasses, coffee. Flavor mainly just dark fruits and booze, a little soy. Finish a continuation of the flavor with alcohol burn. Palate full and thick, not sticky or syrupy. Alcohol very apparent.
Pretty good but definitely a sipper or one to share with friends.
tkrjukoff (4205) - SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 33 cl, trade. Pours oily pitch black with a small brown head leaving just a rim of bubbles around the beer. Aroma is heavy of sweet molassis, roasted malts, dark fruits, soy, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Flavor is fullbodied sweet, roasted, meaty, soy, fruity, dark fruits and bitter. Finishes bitte meaty roasted and bitter. Maybe a bit too boozy but I think the sweetness mates well with the heavy body and alcohol, very much in my taste,
Koelschtrinker (13120) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Alkoholischer Beginn, dem die Malznoten nur untergeordnet sind. Brennend, deutliche Vanillenoten. Vergorene Früchte hinter dem Malz, aromatisch, trockene Röstnoten. Stark alkoholisches Bier, das aber dennoch gelungene weiche Aromen hervorbringt. 9/12/9/12/10/11
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
’10 bottle from Sean - thanks man! Pours predictably black on black with a surprisingly nice dark tan head. Aroma is oxidization, raisin, sweet malt, chocolate, and licorice. The aroma reminds me somewhat of a recently enjoyed Batch 9,000 but even bigger. Taste is massive raisin, plum, sweet malt, oxidization, licorice, and perhaps some chocolate. Huge, over-the-top sweet beer. Mouthfeel is neutral if not a bit light. Definite sipper and a nice one if you enjoy big, dark fruit notes.
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 version All body and no head. Very light maltiness and not getting much on the head. Incredibly drinkable. But surprisingly lacking flavor for the monster it is.
gunnfryd (12650) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 5, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at DSG 2011. black colour with a tan hean head. Aroma is licorice, malt, alcohol, coffee. Flavour is licorice, alcohol, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Nice beer.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark chocolate brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a one finger beige head that quickly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Streaks of lacing left behind.
Sweet, boozy aroma with with subtle dark fruit accompanying the sweet and roasted dark malts. Huge ethanol/alcohol presence overpowers things a bit too much for my liking hiding the malt character. Underneath all of the booze there are hints of chocolate, coffee bean, toffee, fig and raisin. The malts become more prominent as it warms but the alcohol still dominates the nose.
Medium bodied and slightly oxidized with tight carbonation lingering throughout. Lots of sweet, boozy heat but more complex than the aroma suggests. Slight smokey presence with a subtle roasted malt character that counters all of the sweetness. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, char and oatmeal provide some nice bitterness as a counterpoint to the booze, chocolate malt and dark fruit notes. This beer has calmed down a bit in four years but there is still a ton of alcohol flavor. Sweet booze overpowers the other flavors but the ABV is relatively well masked. A decent amount of heat in the finish but not harsh and it’s surprisingly easy to drink. It’s definitely still a sipper but I finished the bottle way faster than expected.