SperkeleForce (791) - - SEP 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 33 cl. Pours black with small fast vanishing brown tan head. At first taste is very smooth and rounded with some harsh in it and a nice alcohol warmth. Notes of roasted malts, salty licorice, coffee, dark chocolate. Slightly too harsh at end. Needs something to balance the harsh aftertaste with. After getting used to it the harsh aftertaste mellows down a bit revealing more tasting sides of this one.
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
17th April 2016
Opaque dark brown beer, big fluffy tan head. Airy palate, mildly dry. Reasonable fine carbonation. Smooth dark malts, a little dark chocolate. Light tang. Touches of dark fruits and coffee. Malty dark chocolate finish, like dark chocolate malteasers. A light and approachable RIS.
mR_fr0g (8026) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared on Level 42 9/3/16. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. Viscous opaque black coloured pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is dark choc malts, some plum jammy fruits, harsh alcohol. Flavour is composed of tangy bitter dark choc, plummy Figgy passing, bitter dark choc. Palate is medium full bodies, grainy, solvent, moderate carbonation. Velvety. Lingering hot alcohol, little headache inducing. Rich dark choc.
teorn88 (5700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle shared at the Mar-16 Level 42 CW tasting, London. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. It pours a dark brown color with small beige head. Aroma is sweet and herbal, with molasses, some cardboard and herbs. Taste is sweet molasses upfront then more bitter herbal liqueur and burnt wood. Old cardboard and molasses. Light to medium bodied with light to ok carbonation. Overall, ok
Scopey (11501) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at level 42. It pours jet black with a thick tan head. The aroma is rich, roasted malts, brown bad, chocolate cake, malt loaf and earth. The taste is rich, malt loaf, salty, umami, roasted malts, coffee grounds, sticky, herbal, light spice and charred wood with dry, roasted finish. Full body and moderate, foamy carbonation. Not bad.
Leighton (17447) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2016 Bottle shared in London - picked up in a trade. Pours black-brown with a frothy, tan head. Hearty burnt toast in the nose, sugary chocolate, earth, cocoa. Medium sweet flavor with notes of licorice, ashy roast, bittersweet cocoa, scorched earth, raisins, old leather. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Lightly warming finish, with lots more bitter dark chocolate, more earth, dried dark fruits, raisins, some woody dryness. Good stuff.
Theydon_Bois (15855) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split at the level 42 tasting, thanks to Leighton, 09/03/16.
Black topped with a dirty tan covering that dissipates to a swirl.
Nose is earthy roast, chocolate, toffee, molasses, light soy sauce.
Taste comprises cocoa powder, treacle toffee, light mineral, charr, fruit cake.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a tickle’o’boost.
Henkk4 (26) - FINLAND - FEB 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with brown head. Aroma is strong licorice with notes of dark fruits and chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and hops. Medium bitterness and dry finish. Full body with medium carbonation.
rouhlas (2226) - GREECE - FEB 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle at home thanks to VastActiv. Black color with nice beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, soy sauce, bready, licorice, oat, wood, vegetables? Sweet and bitter taste like aroma, metallic notes too. Medium to full oily silky body with soft carbonation, dry, bitter coffee aftertaste.
HKS (1) - - JAN 15, 2016 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: smoke, tar and roastiness. Colour is liquorice black and the mouthfeel is very balanced. Taste: lots of roastiness, some smoke, tar and liquorice notes. Not too sweet. Nice one!
ramboraffe (1713) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330 ml bottle from Alko. Black with tanned head. Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and peat smoke. Semi dry with medium bitterness and low to medium carbonation.