ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 12/25/2012. 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark red color with nice opacity. The head is a huge, foaming three finger khaki color that descends to one finger after a while. Plenty of lacing is left behind, as well.
S: Big, massive, hugely sweet chocolate. Some dark fruits, as well. Actually, come to think about it, there’s a minor whiff of sour cherries - infection, perhaps? We shall see. I still enjoy the aroma greatly, but that foamy head should have been a giveaway.
T: The flavor takes on more of a roasted barley and coffee bean tone, especially at first, while waves of chocolaty sweet and - unfortunately - tart cherries seemingly via an onsetting infection. After a while, the tartness takes center stage. Some herbal hop flavors also try to pop up in the finish, as well. So what we have here is a lightly soured stout, and it kind of works. Not perfectly by any means, but there’s enough sweetness here to keep it in check.
M: Quite light in its loafers with wimpy carbonation. There’s actually an esophageal burn and a bit of stomach turning which completely tanks the mouthfeel score for me. On the palate proper, it’s not particularly dry, but nicely bittersweet’n’sour; whatever the blue hell that’s supposed to mean.
O: Infected - it just has to be. But thank Odin it’s a minor infection that actually gives it a pleasant twist, instead of twisting my mouth sideways and dissolving my tongue. This clearly isn’t the final product as it’s intended to be - thankfully I have a penchant for a good Flemish-style ale along side my stout tooth, so I still think it’s quite okay.
If you’re bottle has "123881841" on it, just be wary.
wcejrowski (13) - Wasrsaw, POLAND - FEB 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Barwa czarna, pływają jasne drobinki. Piana niska, o brązowej barwie, kremowej konsystencji, drobnoziarnista, oblepia szkło. Zapach gorzka czekolada, kawa, odrobina owoców i alkoholu w stylu wiśni w likierze. Smak nuty owocowe (wiśni, śliwki), oraz palony słód z odrobiną popiołu. Lekka kawa i czekolada. Spora goryczka o charakterze palonym.
jice (232) - Grenoble, FRANCE - JAN 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
On voyage avec cette bière, et elle a voyagé également. Belle mousse colorée, belle et bonne stout.
Beerheart65 (1228) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, frothy/creamy brown head about 2 fingers, bit lacing. Sweet and malty, lightly roasted, ash, dark chocolate, french coffee, vanilla. Nice palate, soft and full, velvety, medium long finish, full body, syrup. Nice one, good balance, nice flavors and looks.
martjoobolut (2102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 16, 2016
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (from Saveur Biere). Pours black with light brown head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is roast, cherry. acidic, acetone, corked wine. Flavor is roast, malt, dark chocolate, roast, cherry-cellary, maybe acetone, but not acidic. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: an off bottle maybe, really confusing beer. One of the very rare cases where aroma and flavor are completely different. Aroma is scary, like it will be poison, but the flavor and palate are surprisingly good.
msbernac (1422) - Krakow, POLAND - JAN 11, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma-caramel, coffee, chocolate,
Appearance-black, hazy, tan foam,
Taste-medium bitterness, light sweetness, lightly sour,
Palate-medium body, thick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
ShivanDragon (2791) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
volgens mij van een webshopje gescoord, zwart met schuimige bruine kraag. aroma van mouten, zoet, chocolade.... ... smaken zijn matig/redelijk zoet, matig bitter, zwak fruitig, redelijk moutig, donkere chocolade, vanille, lichte koffie, romig en glad van textuur, lage co2, lange prettige en wat zoete afdronk. ik moet erkennen ik ben echt onder de indruk van dit bier.... en al helemaal als je er niets van verwacht.... gewoon prima...
StefanSD (2246) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled bomber. Blackish pour with a big sudsy tan head that has good retention. The aroma is blackened grains, anise, mocha and plums. The taste features sweet dried dark fruits, raisins dates and plums, with a licorice loaded malt base. Palate is full. Finishes long and sweet, Overall: Very nice stuff
Sonjeroo (16) - - JAN 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just ordered 4 beers at a bar in SL. Guy thinks I’m weird. Anyway..Out of a bottle in Galle, SL. Smells of malt, chocolate, boozey, but light. Pours very dark with a thin head. Taste is malty, chocolate, some fruit. Delicious and v. Easy to drink. I’d drink this stuff all the time.
MacBoost (1645) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chugged a 500ml can of this while sitting on the shitter last night. Solid stuff.
chinchill (3588) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large can served in a Belgian snifter after some time for warming.
Pours thick and essentially black with a moderate size, semi-durable tan head. The glass gets coated with lacing each time its tipped but the lacing doesn’t stick to the glass/ .
The aroma is relatively strong and fruity, with some alcohol esters and a hint of coffee.
The flavor is moderately strong and surprisingly sweet. Mainly dark roasted malts with no char or burnt grain notes. Subtle hints of coffee and dark fruits.
Smooth, medium-full body with appropriate carbonation.
Overall: I drank this beer somewhat frequently when it first came to the US. It was a bargain at the time and, of course, quite good. Now it tastes sweeter than I remember and not quite as good but plenty good enough to recommend. Well hidden alcohol.